Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat is Compatible with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling costs, adding a smart thermostat is a good method to keep heating and cooling bills under control. Although the majority of houses have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” permanently.

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

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself in under two years. And many utility providers offer rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you could experience issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest range of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a pro like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC to handle the complicated wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes 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 use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to use not much power. Many times, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can install a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your home comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can help you choose the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 to begin now!