Learn 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 utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep utility expenses managed. Although the majority of houses have programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and routine, 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 costs and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself quicker than two years. And many utility businesses provide 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 works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may have issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Dearing's Service & Solutions help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a match, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest types of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like Dearing's Service & Solutions to do the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers 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 install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can run normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Dearing's Service & Solutions can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your house comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Dearing's Service & Solutions can help you find the ideal model for your needs and then expertly install it. Call us at 812-200-5844 to start now!