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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the average American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on utility expenses, adding a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep energy costs low. Although the majority of houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” permanently.

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 just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And many utility businesses have rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may experience problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. help you pick a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a smooth transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a match, 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, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. to do the detailed wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely come across information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t pull 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 designed to require little power. Many times, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help you find the ideal model for your home and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 503-374-1934 to begin today!