Want to Install 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 shell out more than $2,000 each year on energy expenses, getting a smart thermostat is a great way to keep utility expenses low. Although most houses use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and change 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 quicker than two years. And most utility companies 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may run into troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like YES R&M Inc. help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest is Compatible with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to run 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 run the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the widest types of home comfort units, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like YES R&M Inc. to do the complicated wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

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

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. In most cases, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like YES R&M Inc. can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, YES R&M Inc. can help you select the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Call us at 562-286-6624 to begin right away!