Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the average American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling expenses, installing a smart thermostat is a great method to keep utility bills under control. Although most homes have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” permanently.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and adjust it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

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

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs 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 covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort units, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning to do the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t draw enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use little power. Most of the time, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Titan Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Call us at 514-600-5499 to begin now!