Want to Get the Nest Smart Thermostat? Learn if It Will Work with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy bills, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep utility bills under control. Although many residences rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” permanently.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

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

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a pro like Ambient Air 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 Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers 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 make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the widest range of home comfort systems, 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 likely need a specialist like Ambient Air to handle the detailed wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

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

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

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Ambient Air can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your utility and cooling costs while keeping your home comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Ambient Air can help you find the ideal model for your needs and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 520-201-3871 to begin today!