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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 typical American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling costs, installing a smart thermostat is a great way to keep utility costs under control. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the product pay for itself faster than two years. And the majority of utility providers 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 be sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like PWA Heating & Cooling Inc help you select a new thermostat and handle 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 run with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort equipment, 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 specialist like PWA Heating & Cooling Inc to handle the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs 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 get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume little power. Most of the time, this means they can work correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can install a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your energy and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you select the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 815-410-1231 to start now!