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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on utility bills, getting a smart thermostat is a fantastic approach to keep utility expenses low. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” all the time.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and schedule, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and lower 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 bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And the majority of utility providers provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a expert like Ilten's Incorporated help you pick 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 Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest made its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including aging 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 an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest types of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Ilten's Incorporated to handle the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve likely run into details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get 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 require not much power. Many times, this means they can work normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Ilten's Incorporated can install a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your house cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Ilten's Incorporated can help you choose the ideal model for your home and then professionally install it. Call us at 319-208-3295 to begin now!