Want to Install the Nest Smart Thermostat? Find Out if Its Compatible with Your HVAC System First

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on utility bills, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep energy bills low. Although most homes use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” permanently.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and raise it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less 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 upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may run into problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Scott Temperature help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs 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 aging ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

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

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest range of home comfort units, 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 professional like Scott Temperature to handle the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

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

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require little power. In most cases, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Scott Temperature can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your residences cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Scott Temperature can help you select the right model for your home and then professionally install it. Reach us at 785-269-0465 to start now!