Want to Upgrade to the Nest Smart Thermostat? Find Out if It Will Work with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling bills, adding a smart thermostat is a good method to keep utility costs low. Although many houses have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it adjusts to your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and lower 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 expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility companies provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest range of home comfort units, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a pro like Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating to do the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t pull enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to consume little power. Many times, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help you find the right model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 949-525-9119 to start right away!