If you’ve recently switched from using another type of thermostat to a Nest Thermostat, the interface can seem foreign at first. You change the temperature, but an hour later, the temperature has changed to something other than what you set it to. How? Nest Thermostats have intelligent capabilities, but if you aren’t familiar with how they work, you won’t be able to use them to their full potential. If you’re wondering why your new thermostat is acting the way that it is, check out these main features that are most likely affecting how you use your thermostat.
The Nest app is one of the best parts about having a Nest Thermostat. As long as your thermostat is connected to your home’s WiFi, and your WiFi is working, you can control your thermostat from anywhere in the world using the app. If you’re at work and forgot to change the temperature at your house, you can tap into the app and see exactly what temperature your home is at, and change the temperature to your preference. Or, if you’re in your house and want to change the temperature without walking over to the thermostat, you can turn up the AC or heat from your couch. If you’ve adjusted your thermostat to a less extreme temperature for while you’re away, you can change it before you return home, in perfect timing for it to be the right temperature by the time you return. While the most necessary settings are accessible, not all settings can be modified on the app, but must be adjusted on the thermostat itself.
2. Schedule Features
Your Nest Thermostat has the ability to learn your temperature schedules and remember them for the future. For the first several days, adjust your temperature as you normally would before you leave the house, at night before bed, or any other time you would typically adjust your thermostat. The Nest Thermostat will remember when you make changes and what changes you make, and will begin to repeat these changes for you. After a few days, your thermostat will have developed a basic schedule of your temperature preferences, and after a week, it will have a solid schedule. Your Nest will continue to change it automatically if you make two similar changes on similar days (for example, two Mondays in a row or two week days in a row). If you have a rigid schedule that you want your thermostat to follow, you can manually set a precise schedule.
3. Temperature Safety/Energy Preservation
The Nest has several built-in capabilities to both preserve energy and protect your home. Here are three important features to know:
- Safety Temperatures is a feature that overrides any other instructions, schedules, or settings in order to protect your home from extreme heat or cold. Even if you’ve set your thermostat to “Off,” it will still heat or cool your home to keep it within the range of “safe” temperatures that you set. If you will be away from home, this will help prevent water pipes from freezing or heat damage. Follow these instructions to set the safety temperatures on your thermostat.
- Eco Mode heats or cools your home to a temperature that is the most energy efficient. When you have selected a temperature that is energy efficient, or you have manually set your thermostat on Eco Mode, a green leaf icon will appear on the thermostat and on the app.
- Home/Away Assist changes your thermostat automatically into Eco mode if it senses that you’re away from home. By using your phone’s location and the thermostat’s activity sensors, Home/Away Assist determines when you’ve been gone for an extended period of time and goes into Eco Mode, so even if you forget to adjust your thermostat before you leave, you won’t be wasting energy while you’re gone.