Want to Install the Nest Smart Thermostat? Figure Out if Its Compatible with Your HVAC System First

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling costs, installing a smart thermostat is a fantastic approach to keep heating and cooling expenses under control. Although many homes rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” permanently.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust 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 expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And many utility companies have 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 be sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may run into issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a expert like Farnell Mechanical, Inc. help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find 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 created its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a match, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest number of home comfort equipment, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a specialist like Farnell Mechanical, Inc. to do the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially come across 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 usually still all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume little power. Most of the time, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help you find the right model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 334-245-4748 to get started today!