Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat is Compatible with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 every year on energy expenses, getting a smart thermostat is a fantastic method to keep heating and cooling bills managed. Although many residences use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And many utility businesses 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 important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may run into issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Kapaun & Brown Inc. help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the widest number of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like Kapaun & Brown Inc. to handle the detailed wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially found information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still ok to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to consume little power. Most of the time, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Kapaun & Brown Inc. can add a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your utility and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you choose the right model for your budget and then expertly install it. Reach us at 641-812-2028 to begin now!