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

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Although many houses use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” permanently.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s due to the fact it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and change it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And many utility providers offer 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 ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist like Jent Mechanical LLC help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers 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 smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the largest range of home comfort units, like 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 Jent Mechanical LLC to complete the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially run into info 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 usually still all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to require small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can work normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Jent Mechanical LLC can add a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your heating and cooling bills while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Jent Mechanical LLC can help you choose the best model for your home and then professionally install it. Call us at 937-845-1111 to start right away!