How to Learn if Your HVAC System Can Run with a Nest Smart Thermostat

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy expenses, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep heating and cooling bills under control. Although the majority of homes have programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and lower it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could experience issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a pro like WM J Kraus & Son help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to determine if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.

Nest is Compatible with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest made its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to provide an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it will work, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest number of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like WM J Kraus & Son to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw adequate power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use not much power. Most of the time, this means they can run normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like WM J Kraus & Son can add a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your heating and cooling bills while keeping your home cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, WM J Kraus & Son can help you find the right model for your budget and then professionally install it. Reach us at 319-229-2318 to begin right away!