Getting the most out of a Nest Thermostat is easier than ever with these six tips, which will take you well beyond its basic functions.
Smart thermostats not only keep your house comfortable all year long but can also save you money.
If you have just purchased a brand-new Nest Thermostat, you’ll find a variety of useful settings and features to try. Let’s dive into this article and learn more about this innovative device.
1. Controlling a Nest Thermostat With Your Own Voice
You won’t need to adjust this thermostat the way you would a traditional property thermostat. It can be controlled using voice commands with home hubs like Google Home, which is $99.00 at Walmart, or Amazon Alexa. The Nest voice control can be set up easily. There is a separate article that explains how you can do this.
2. Using Sunblock
If your Nest Thermostat is near a window, the Sunblock feature will be very useful. It will tell your thermostat when it’s in direct contact with the sun so it won’t raise the AC temperature or lower the furnace because the thermostat reads the room as being warmer than it actually is. This option will save you money on your utility bills because the AC or furnace won’t be overworked because the thermostat gave out incorrect information.
To access this feature, tap into the Settings icon on your phone app. This icon is shaped like a gear. Tap the Sunblock icon and toggle the switch icon on.
3. Controlling Humidity
If the area you live in is unbearably humid, your Nest Thermostat has a Cool to Dry setting that can help keep your home’s air drier. The Nest Thermostat E (which costs $169.00 at Walmart) has this setting along with the first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat models (which costs $200.00 at Amazon) and the second and third-generation Learning Thermostats.
4. How the Airwave Feature Can Save You Money
The Airwave function turns your air conditioner compressor off automatically after a room is cooled. It then uses the fan on your AC to blow cool air throughout your home. This can save a significant amount of money on cooling expenses.
Turning this option on is fairly simple. On your phone’s app, tap on the Settings icon, then tap the Airwave icon and toggle the switch icon to the on position.
5. Turning Off Auto-Schedule Yourself
Nest has an auto-schedule feature that automatically learns how warm or cold you want your home to be during the day and sets the temperature automatically using what it learned.
If you live in a place where the weather constantly changes, your Nest Thermostat will become confused if it’s suddenly warm one day, and freezing cold the next due to a renovation.
If your Nest Thermostat is wrong consistently during its thermostat temperature predictions, this feature can be turned off. All you need to do is access the app on your smartphone, tap on the Settings icon, then tap on the Auto-Schedule icon and toggle the switch to the off position.
6. Troubleshooting Suggestions
Because your Nest Thermostat uses Smart technology, in order for the device to reach its full potential, it heavily relies on a working Wi-Fi connection. Should your Nest Thermostat go offline for any reason, don’t worry. We have another article that goes into further detail on how it can be fixed.