How to Determine if Your HVAC System is Compatible with a Nest Smart Thermostat

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 every year on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep heating and cooling expenses under control. Although the majority of houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” permanently.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and adjust it from almost 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 every year, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could experience troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a expert like Knoechel Heating Company help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest range of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a pro like Knoechel Heating Company to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially found information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to consume not much power. Many times, this means they can work properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Knoechel Heating Company can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Knoechel Heating Company can help you find the best model for your needs and then professionally install it. Reach us at 724-425-5852 to begin right away!