How to Check Thermostat Compatibility in Your Home

May 31, 2018 by

Heating and cooling systems vary widely. However, many homes depend on heating, air aeration and cooling to assist them in keeping their indoor temperature in check. The thermostat plays the role of the primary access point for the system, which enables you to regulate when and at what temperature the air is circulated.

Thermostat Compatibility

Home smart thermostats range from meek manual units to stylish programmable units. There are three designs of thermostats, namely;

  • Manual thermostats

  • Smart thermostats

  • Programmable thermostats

Manual thermostats are common in older homes. They are inexpensive and are simple to control. Manual thermostats have restricted energy savings and luxury. However, they can work if you are conscientious about altering settings as the temperature changes.

Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature from any device, like through your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Programmable thermostats automatically fine-tune the indoor temperature throughout the day. They have an easily controllable digital interface with many new mercury-free models.

Smart thermostat

Getting a smart thermostat for your home is a good investment. However, there are wires and electricity involved, and you will have to ensure it will work with your current furnace and air conditioner. It can be frustrating to come back home with a new thermostat and find out that you cannot use it. To avoid such a mishap, it is essential to check if your home setup is compatible with a smart thermostat.

Checking for thermostat compatibility

First things first, turn off the power to the thermostat to avoid blowing the systems fuse.

To make sure that the power is turned off, change the temperature on the thermostat by at least five degrees. Wait a couple minutes to see if the system will turn on.

Take off the thermostat’s cover

Some of the thermostats can be pulled off, while others require a bit of unscrewing. It doesn’t matter what type of a thermostat you have; open it up and expose the wires.

Upon taking a close look at the wiring of the thermostat, you are likely to see these three things:

a) Proprietary wires: Characterized by non-standard connector labels like A, B, C or 1, 2, 3. There are also two wires for both heating and cooling.

b) Stranded wires: if there are more than one large stranded wires, the setup is not compatible with a nest.

c) High-voltage level or thick wire: thermostats usually have a label, 120V or 240V with two thick wires with wire nuts. This type is not nest-compatible.

You can get an energy management system composed of three vital features: smart schedules, trigger automation, and intelligent lighting.

The smart schedule allows you to personalize the timetables to run as you want at precise times of the day, at designated days of the week.

Trigger automation allows you to fix things up like your thermostat and lights, to spontaneously fine-tune them anytime your home alarm is activated. After your day is over, you can have the device dial down once the home alarm is activated.

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