A Nest Thermostat is the perfect way to keep your home comfortable, regardless of the season or weather. With a number of innovative features meant to maximize efficiency, convenience and comfort, a Nest Thermostat is an easy way to manage your energy use — keeping costs down in the process.
That’s why more homeowners are considering adding devices like a Nest to their HVAC system. To add one to your home, reach out to an expert for smart thermostat installation in Portland.
From auto scheduling to optimizing energy efficiency, Nest is designed to make home climate control effortless.
Curious to learn more? Here’s a look at 12 things you need to know about your Nest Thermostat.
1. How to Reset a Nest Thermostat
One of the first things to know about resetting a Google Nest Thermostat is that resetting is different from restarting.
- Restart: This process is similar across most electronics, including your tablet or computer, restarting your Nest Thermostat turns it off before starting it right back up again. This maintains all your settings and is a step to take if your Nest is frozen or not connecting to Wi-Fi.
- Reset: A more drastic function, a reset should restore your Nest to its original settings from the manufacturer. In most cases, people resort to a reset as they're moving homes and bringing the thermostat with them, or if they just want to erase their personal information from the Nest before leaving it for the next homeowner.
To reset, it doesn't hurt to write down current temperature settings so they're still available if you forget or erase them. Next, locate Settings -> Equipment and write down the details about your system wires, heating type and safety temperature settings.
Once you have recorded your preferences, go to Settings, select Reset and press. You will then have five options:
- Restart: Shuts your Nest down before rebooting it with your settings. You can also press the outside of the Nest and hold it there until it turns black, and then pull your hand away.
- Schedule: This reset setting clears all scheduling information—including for your hot water, if you have that programmed into your Nest. With this option, you’ll have to input a new schedule or wait until the Nest learns your schedule.
- Away: Choosing this reset option removes anything your Nest has learned about how often you walk by, so it will be able to change the temperature even when you're not around.
- Network: By selecting a network reset, it erases connection info and your Nest can no longer connect to Wi-Fi. It also forgets your Wi-Fi password.
- All Settings: The most far-reaching option, using the All Settings reset option strips away all your personal settings and learning.
2. How to Connect Nest Thermostat to Wi-Fi
Staying connected to your Wi-Fi is important to getting the most out of your Nest.
To connect your Nest to the internet:
- Turn the thermostat ring to the Quick View menu.
- Select the Settings icon.
- Select Network.
- Once your Nest scans available networks, find your Wi-Fi and, if you have one, enter your password.
3. Does a Nest Thermostat Have a Battery and How Long Will the Battery Last?
Nest thermostats get the power they need directly from your HVAC system, but they also include a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for backup in case of a power outage. According to Google, Nest's manufacturer, a Nest Thermostat battery will generally last several months. The Nest's battery is rechargable with a USB cable included with the thermostat.
4. Shutting Off a Nest Thermostat
If you aren’t going to be in your home for a long time, it's a good idea to set your Nest Thermostat to Off mode, though Eco mode would be another option. Using Off mode will turn off all of your regular heating and cooling schedules, while maintaining existing Safety Temperatures to keep your home from getting particularly hot or cold.
To choose Off mode on the thermostat:
- Press and hold the touch bar until it displays “Turn Off” and then slide the bar to highlight Turn Off, and then touch the bar to select.
- Or, from the main menu, go to Mode and select Off.
Off mode can even be accessed from your Google Home app:
- Select Thermostat from home screen
- Tap Temperature mode
- Select Off
5. Will Alexa Work with a Nest Thermostat?
Yes, you can use Amazon Alexa to control a Nest Thermostat. Alexa voice controls are also available with Nest doorbells and cameras. You can even operate a Nest Thermostat with Google Assistant.
6. Does a Nest Thermostat Function Without Wi-Fi?
The good news is that a Nest Thermostat can still control temperatures even without Wi-Fi. However, a lack of an internet connection means your Nest doesn’t have the ability to use the smart functions that most people enjoy.
7. Are You Able to Lock a Nest Thermostat?
If you’re having a battle over the thermostat in your home between people who like things hot and others who prefer them cold, Nest has a function to give you the upper hand.
A user can 'lock' the Nest to prevent others from adjusting the settings or changing the temperature outside of a preset range. This won't mean you have to make do with just one temperature—a locked Nest will still continue to run the programmed settings—but simply prevents other users from constantly changing the settings.
If you want to lock your Nest:
- Tap the Settings icon, scroll to the bottom and find Lock.
- Enter a 4-digit pin number you can remember, and then enter it twice.
- If locking in Heat or Cool mode, define your maximum and minimum temperature range and then tap Lock at the bottom of the screen.
For unlocking it, open the settings and choose Unlock. As soon as you've provided your 4-digit pin, your device will be unlocked.
8. Controlling Your Nest Thermostat from Your Phone
A Nest Thermostat is controlled by the Google Home app, which can be accessed from your phone as well as a computer. Other versions of Nest, including the Nest Thermostat E and Nest Learning Thermostat, can also be controlled remotely by the Nest app.
Before you can make adjustments for a Nest on your phone with Google Home or the Nest app, there are a few steps to complete first:
- Download the Google Home app or, with premium Nest models, the Nest app to your phone.
- Hook up your Nest Thermostat.
- Start the Google Home app on your phone and follow the instructions to select your account, link to your new device and connect to Wi-Fi.
- There is a guided setup tool on Google, if you prefer additional assistance in connecting.
As soon as you've connected the Nest to your Home app, it's accessible by clicking Thermostat on the home screen. Once you do that, making adjustments is done by dragging your finger along the screen or tapping on a plus or minus sign.
The preset temperatures on your Nest can also be changed from the app. From the home screen, choose Thermostat before selecting Settings. At this screen, press Temperature Preferences and then Temperature Presets. Current presets for Comfort, Eco and Sleep modes will be displayed. Select one of these options to change the temperature for that preset.
9. Creating a Nest Thermostat Schedule
A Nest allows you to set temperatures schedules either on the device or on the Google Home app. Newer and advanced models of the Nest, such as the Nest Thermostat E and Nest Learning Thermostat, can also be adjusted by using the Nest app.
There are two ways you can set up a schedule on your Nest:
- Quick Schedule: A Quick Schedule will be based on the national average schedule for energy efficiency. When you are setting up your Nest, the Google Home app allows you to change the temperature with a schedule. If you choose that option, it presents a preset schedule before letting you customize it. Once setup is complete, that’s the schedule it uses.
- Temperature presets: For changing the Nest's preset temperatures, open the Google Home app and press Thermostat. Then, tap presets and select Edit. Once you’ve made the changes, select Done.
If you already have a schedule and want to change it, open the Google Home app, select Thermostat and then tap on Schedules. You can then pick the day of the week that you want to add a temperature. After the day is selected, tap Add and select the preset you want. Finally, select Time before touching and dragging the numbers to change the time. Your update won't be applied until you select Done.
10. How to Set a Temperature Range on a Nest Thermostat
You can set a temperature range on a Nest Thermostat in the Eco mode. This is a function that adjusts the temperature in your home depending on if anyone is in the residence or if it is empty.
To customize the Nest temperature range in Eco mode, go to settings and select Eco. The display will show any current “Heat to” and “Cool to” temperature settings. You can select each and make your preferred changes. Once you're finished, select Done.
11. What Should I Do If My Nest Thermostat Isn't Compatible?
A Nest Thermostat is compatible with most HVAC systems. Google, Nest's manufacturer, has an online compatibility checker that shares questions concerning your location and existing setup to learn which Nest model is compatible with your system.
If you have a Nest and believe it’s not compatible with your system, it’s best to reach out to a professional for smart thermostat installation in Portland. Experienced technicians evaluate your system and, if your Nest is compatible, get it installed and on the road to saving you money in no time.
12. How Do I Manually Control My Nest Thermostat?
Nest Thermostats come with many features designed to make life more comfortable and save money. However, you have the ability to turn off the smart features if you want to control a Nest manually like a normal thermostat.
Don't forget, by doing this you clear all your temperature schedules and allowing the Nest to work like any other thermostat—it will display the temperature and let you change the temperature, but that’s about it.
Setting your thermostat to manual controls can be accomplished with the following steps:
- Auto-Schedule: From the main screen, go to Settings and then scroll to Nest Sense. Go to Auto-Schedule, select No and click Done.
- Eco: From the main screen, go to Settings, scroll to Eco. Once in Eco, select Off for both the current Heat to and Cool to temperatures, and select Done.
- Home/Away Assist: From the main screen, go to Settings and select Home/Away Assist. Then, select Stop Using and click Done.
- Reset: Once you’ve turned off the settings, reset your nest. From the main screen, go to Settings and select Reset, highlight Schedule and then select Reset to clear out any saved scheduling data.