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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is a fantastic approach to keep utility costs under control. Although most houses have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and adjust it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the thermostat pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility businesses offer 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might have issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Lycoming Heating Company help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out 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 operate with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.

This covers heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest number of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Lycoming Heating Company to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t draw ample 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 created to consume little power. In most cases, this means they can run properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Lycoming Heating Company can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Lycoming Heating Company can help you select the best model for your needs and then professionally install it. Call us at 570-244-2510 to begin today!