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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, installing a smart thermostat is a fantastic method to keep energy expenses managed. Although many homes have programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” all the time.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself quicker than two years. And the majority of utility businesses provide 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 make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could have problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • 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 checked it’s a match, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest types of home comfort systems, 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 professional like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning to complete the detailed wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can work properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can add a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can help you select the ideal model for your home and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 to get started right away!