Want to Upgrade to the Nest Smart Thermostat? Learn if Its Right for Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility costs, getting a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although many homes rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” permanently.

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

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility providers have rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a pro like Cool Power LLC help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to figure out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.

This covers heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it will work, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest types of home comfort units, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like Cool Power LLC to do the complicated wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially come across information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t get ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use not much power. Many times, this means they can work correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Cool Power LLC can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Cool Power LLC can help you find the ideal model for your budget and then expertly install it. Call us at 631-246-4029 to start now!