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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on energy bills, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although most houses use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized 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 due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and activities, and then develops 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 typical 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 each year, which helps it pay for itself faster than two years. And most utility businesses have rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest number of home comfort units, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating to complete the detailed wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to consume 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 experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can help you find the right model for your budget and then expertly install it. Call us at 314-262-4541 to get started now!