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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on utility expenses, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep energy costs low. Although many houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” every day.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average 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 each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could run into issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a fit, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest 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 likely need a professional like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to handle the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on 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 adequate power from the other wires.

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

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can install a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the ideal model for your budget and then expertly install it. Reach us at 309-323-9584 to get started today!