How to Set Up Your Nest Thermostat

Goodbye dumb thermostat, Hello smart Nest thermostat (Brought to you by Google, like other Nest products). It is a gift that keeps you comfortable and gives you a reasonable heating bill. Fortunately, getting it up and running is not as hard as it may seem.

Your first step, which you or your loved one did earlier than expected when you first bought it, should be to ensure that your wiring is compatible. Otherwise, no dice. Luckily, Nest is a Tools to check for compatibility Self. Shortened version: If you have “thick, stranded wires held together” under your current thermostat cover, then it’s not for your job. If you have two labels for each wire … it can be.

Once you confirm your Nest compatibility, proceed to your HVAC system for safety and turn off the power. Then you are ready to roll up your sleeves and do some handiwork. Everything you need — except maybe a proper screwdriver — is included in the box. As far as home upgrades go, this is very straightforward; You remove your old thermostat, attach the nest base, connect the wires, and attach the nest display. There are enough steps within those steps that your best bet is to follow with this video guide:

Or better yet, if you don’t trust yourself with anything electrical, Nest makes it easy Find a professional in your field Who can help And, if you have any other questions, do check out Nest’s own step-by-step instructions.

Once your Nest is set up and operated, you will need to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network. From there, you use it like any other thermostat. Within a few days, Nest will learn your habits and make those adjustments on his own.

Physical installation is also just part of the process. A lot of “smart” in your smart thermostat comes from hooking up with your phone. For that, just download the Nest application and create a Nest account. From there, you can use your smartphone (or computer) to remotely change the temperature and monitor your energy usage.

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This setup guide was updated in December 2020


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