Beginner’s Guide to the Nest Thermostat

Nest thermostats, just like other nest products they are a Google product. They are the kind of gift that keeps giving you comfortable temperatures with reasonable heating bills. Fortunately, setting them up and making them to be up and running is not a big task.

This article, I am going to share with you a complete guide on what you need to know as a beginner to set up your nest thermostat.

Place Nest Thermostat somewhere new 

Most wired thermostats are installed in rooms that are rarely used, and this makes the temperature that they sense to be warmer or cooler that what most homeowners feel. 

If the thermostat you have in your house is not in a good location you should install the nest thermostat in a new place using a nest stand which is sold separately in a room that is most used. 

Where should you install it? 

  • You should place your nest thermostat within 30 mi of the heat link and it should be generally closer because walls and any other large objects between them can affect the communication range. 
  • The nest thermostat should also be in a room that is used often by the homeowner for it to read the right temperature and also to cells when the room is empty and know when to automatically turn down the heating. 
  • The nest thermostat should also have a clear View of the room. 
  • Wall mounted nest camera to be installed on an interior wall. 
  • You should make sure that your nest thermostat is always away from heat sources and droughts. 
  • For zoned systems you should install the nest thermostat in the zone that it is controlling. 

Installing the Heat Link 

It is very important to install your heat link before the nest thermostat, you should not connect the nest thermostat directly to your heating system. The high-voltage damage your nest thermostat to an extent that it cannot be repaired. 
Having the heat link is necessary even if there are low voltage wires. 

How to install the heat link 

  • Switch off main power: You should protect yourself because you will be using mains voltage, this protects the heating system and the thermostat by turning off the power before you even start. 
  • Connect to the power and the control circuit: You should check the heating system wiring to determine the type that it is, remove the heat link cover and connect the live and the Neutral terminals of the heat link to the live and the Neutral circuit on the boiler or junction box, this is going to power the heat link. Then connect the heating control circuit to the heat link 1 (normally closed/satisfied), 2 (common), 3 (normally open/call-for-heat) as needed. If you are system has a hot water control you should connect it to 4 (normally closed/satisfied), 5 (common), 6 (normally open/call-for-heat) as needed. 
  • Connect to the thermostat wires: If you are connecting your nest thermostat on the stand and you are using a USB cable power, you shouldn’t skip to the next step. Take the two wires from The Wire bundle that goes to the current thermostat in your home and attach them to T1 and T2 terminals on the Heat Link. 
  • Mount the heat link: Use the included screws to mount Your heat link near the boiler or junction box then put back the heat link cover. To ensure that there is good wireless connection to your nest thermostat, you should leave at least 30 centimeters of space on each side and install it 30 meters of the thermostat. 

Installing the thermostat 

On the wall 

You should choose this installation method if you are current thermostat connects to the heating wires in the wall and does not need to move to a better place. 

Using the stand 

You should choose this installation method if you are blessing a wireless thermostat or if you are thermostat needs to be moved to a better position. This nest stand is sold separately. 

Install the Nest base 

You should first remove the Old thermostat if there is one, then you can attach the nest base directly to the wall or use the trim plate which is included to cover up the marks. 
If you are using the trim plate, you should snap it onto the base first then screw them to the wall as one piece. 
Make sure that the nest thermostat is 1.2-1.5 m above the floor when you have installed. 

Connect the wires 

You should connect the wires that are coming through the wall to the next T1 and T2 terminals and it does not matter which connector the wires go to. 

Install the Nest Stand 

Attached to our nest thermostat base to the stand following the instructions that came with it, then connect the power cable to the best and plug it into a wall socket. 
The stand mounted thermostat should be placed on a Shelf or a table that is f 0.75–1 m above the floor and should not be more than one meter from the edge. 

Attach the display 

Press the nest thermostat display onto the base until it clicks into place, then switch on the mains power and your nest thermostat will begin setup. 

Control your thermostat 

Nest thermostats do not have touch screen you use the touch bar on the right side to control your thermostat you swipe up to raise the temperature in swipe down to lower it and tap to confirm, and the display shows you how many minutes you have until the desired temperature is reached. 

Nest thermostat home app controls 

When you open your home app and tap on your thermostat, you are current and target temperatures appear just like they will on your thermostat. If your thermostat is not appearing in your app you should make sure that you have added your account and set it up. 

Depending on the kind of system you have, this is what you can do: 

  • Select a mode
  • Change the target temperature 
  • Hold the temperature 
  • Turn on your fan 
  • View your energy history 
  • Change your thermostat settings 

Change the target temperature

For you to do this you have to open the home app and tap your thermostat then change the target temperature by dragging the large daughter around the ring. To fine-tune temperature, you have to press on the plus icon or minus icon at the bottom of the Ring. 

Select a mode 

There will be different options for this menu depending on the type of equipment you have installed, if you have both heating and Cooling you can’t switch between the heat, cool, heat cool and off modes. 

Turn on the fan 

If your system can control your fan separately from your cooling or heating then you can turn it on from this menu. 
You can do this by tapping on the fan icon then set timer, and select the duration you will like the fan to run and press start. 

Change thermostat settings 

When you are on the home app screen, you should tap on your thermostat then go to settings. Depending on the model of thermostat you have you’ll have a specific section of settings that are available for you, for example you may be able to change your settings, manage temperature preferences and schedules review your energy dashboard and even more. 

Save energy with your thermostat 

There are a few ways that you may be able to save energy with your nest thermostat like setting the air-con temperature when there is no one in the home, also reviewing your home report to monitor your energy news or joining an energy-saving Pro to help you in this. 

How to improve your energy savings with your nest thermostat 

  • Set your air con temperature thoughtfully: You are next time of that can switch to Eco temperatures when there is no one in the home to help you to save energy. When you select energy efficient air con temperature this will prevent your home from wasting energy while everyone is not around. 
  • Check for the nest leaf: She’s an easy way to know that you are saving energy and helps to encourage you to continually improve your savings over time. You will find your next leaf on your thermostat when you set a temperature that helps to save energy. 
  • Try an easy one-degree Fahrenheit or 0.5 centigrade change in your schedule: You should adjust your temperature schedule settings and just learn how much you have saved compared to your previous month. 
  • Manually switch to Eco temperatures: If you are not going to be there for an extended period of time, or you would like to save energy while you are still at home don’t wait for your nest thermostat to switch to Eco temperature. 
  • Save while you are away on vacation: You can set your thermostat to off mode. 
  • Savings finder: When you set savings finder, you get custom energy savings for you to optimize your energy savings. 
  • Avoid cranking the heat or air conditioner: If you crank up the heat or air conditioner often, your nest thermostat runs these temperatures and adds them to your schedule and this can use more energy. 
  • Check your energy history: View your last 10 days of heating and Cooling activity. 
  • Use two or more thermostats the right way: If you happen to have more than one thermostat then teach each differently so that they could build schedules for each part of your home that they are controlling. 
  • Teach your thermostat: If you have nest thermostat E or nest learning thermostat, they automatically build your temperature schedule by learning every time you walk or change your temperature. 
  • Temperature schedules: When you set your nest thermostat it usually has a default schedule for your comfort, Eco and the sleep temperatures which you can still customize. 

Common troubleshooting issues after set up 

These are the most common issues that you may encounter after you have set up your nest thermostat. 

Google Nest thermostat help code troubleshooter: You may see an error code if one of the wires was not inserted correctly if there was a power issue or something is not working well with your system. 

Tips for control when your thermostat is offline: Your nest thermostat continues to work even when it is disconnected from Wi-Fi, it can still change the temperature and switch between cooling and heat. 

Tips for troubleshooting power issues for your thermostat: It will be good if you are at home to troubleshoot this so that you may be able to access your HVAC system and your thermostat. This also helps you to see any help codes but maybe they’re on the display of the thermostat. If you are HVAC or electrical system was temporarily turned off for maintenance purpose or there was a power outage then you are thermostat will lose power. You can fix this by charging the thermostat or replacing the batteries.

If you moved into a home with a Nest thermostat already installed 

If you have moved into her home but the owner had a nest thermostat installed, then you should follow these steps to remove their settings. 
You should first half the previous owner removes the thermostat from the account, if it’s not possible then reset the thermostat to its factory settings default, you may also consider an account reset for your thermostat before you can pair it. 
Then set up your thermostat and add it to your account. 

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