Over the past couple of years, smart thermostats have quickly become one of the most sought-after pieces of home comfort equipment. While this new technology offers homeowners countless benefits, it’s important to determine if your HVAC system will be compatible with a smart thermostat before you invest in one.
Before you start assessing whether the wiring and voltage in your home can accommodate the requirements of a smart thermostat, you’ll need to determine if your HVAC system itself will be compatible with a smart thermostat.
The first thing you should consider is the age of your HVAC equipment, because in most cases age is the main reason home comfort systems are not compatible with smart thermostats. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it probably won’t be compatible with a smart thermostat. The reason being that the technology in your unit was designed before smart thermostats became commercially and widely available.
If you have a newer piece of equipment, in particular a modulating or communicating platform, these typically work the best with proprietary thermostats from the same brand as your equipment. Installing a smart thermostat with a communicating furnace may result in burning out the control board or causing components to fail prematurely. Some new HVAC systems will work with a smart thermostat, but just like home comfort equipment, every smart thermostat is a little bit different. Before you purchase a smart thermostat, double-check that it will be compatible with:
- Your specific HVAC equipment whether it is a boiler system, a forced-air system, or ductless system.
- Single-stage or Variable speed systems
- Your system’s specific fuel type (electric, gas, etc.)
Voltage and Wiring
It’s best to leave the installation of your new smart thermostat to a licensed professional, but you should understand the basic voltage and wiring requirements to ensure your HVAC system will be compatible with a smart thermostat. Today most thermostats are 24-volt systems, and modern HVAC systems are designed to work in conjunction with that voltage level. If you discover that your system is currently using a 110-volt or 240-volt thermostat, it’s likely a sign that you have an older HVAC system, which can make installing a smart thermostat more difficult.
Before you purchase your new smart thermostat, it’s important that you know your system is 100% compatible with the technology, which is why it’s always best to consult your HVAC service provider. A licensed technician can tell you if your HVAC system will be compatible, which smart thermostat to purchase, and they can install your new unit safely and efficiently. When you have your smart thermostat installed by a professional, you can rest assured that you’ll receive all of the benefits of this incredible technology, including, but not limited to:
- Increased efficiency
- Remote connectivity
- Fully-programmable functions
- Personalized temperature settings and cooling zones.
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