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Beginner’s Guide to the Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Google Nest Learning Thermostat


This guide covers all you need to know about the Google Nest Learning Thermostat. Get detailed info on:

  • How to install the Google Nest Learning Thermostat (HVAC compatibility, C-wire info, and video instructions)
  • How to use it (Basic controls, how to change settings, and how to control Nest using the app)
  • How to improve energy savings with Nest (Info on Nest's energy saving modes and features)
  • Troubleshooting tips (Solutions for the most common issues)





Getting Started - How to Set Up Your New Nest


Congrats, you have purchased a new Google Nest Learning Thermostat! Now it's time to set it up with the help of the info and video below.

First and Foremost, is it Compatible with Your HVAC System?

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with 95% of HVAC systems. If you didn’t check compatibility prior to purchasing your new Nest, don’t tear into that box just yet.

First, use the Nest Compatibility Checker.


Google Nest Learning Thermostat installation - What's included in box

Good to Go? Let’s Set Up Your New Nest!

Everything you need is in the box and installation is simple. Begin by downloading the Nest app. The app’s step-by-step instructions make it easy to install and wire your thermostat.

The video below will show you the whole process. If you get stuck, you may also consult Google's comprehensive How to Install Your Nest Thermostat guide.



Does a Nest Require a C-Wire?

This is a hot question when it comes to Nests. In most cases, Nest thermostats can get enough power from your system’s heating and cooling wires and don’t require a C-wire. But in a small number of situations you may need to connect a C-wire to deliver consistent power to your thermostat. During installation, the app will tell you if you need to connect a C-wire.

Read More about Nests & C-Wires


Diving Deeper - How to Use Your Nest


The Google Nest Learning Thermostat learns the temperatures you like, programs itself, and makes it nearly effortless to save energy. Below is some info on all of Nest's handy features and how to use them.

Nest's Basic Controls

The Nest Learning Thermostat can be controlled manually or through the Nest app. Here is an overview of Nest's interface and manual controls. To adjust temperature, settings, or modes on Nest Learning, just turn the ring!



Controlling Nest with the App

The Nest app not only allows you to set your thermostat up, but also to control it from anywhere. To control Nest with the app, open the Nest app and tap your thermostat on the home screen. Your current and target temperatures will appear in the Nest app, just like on your thermostat. 

Depending on the type of system you have, you can:

  • Change the temperature
  • Switch to Eco Temperature
  • Turn on the system fan
  • Change your temperature schedule
  • Control settings
  • See your energy dashboard, and more.

For more information on using the Nest app, view the following: How to Control Nest Learning with the App

See Nest in action in this video!




How to Improve Energy Savings with Nest


Google Nest thermostats are engineered to learn from you and your home, and offer lots of ways to help improve energy savings and reduce your utility bills. Here are a few favorites!

  • Use Eco Mode -Your Nest thermostat automatically switches to Eco Temperatures after it senses that nobody is home if you've turned on Home/Away Assist.
  • Look for the Leaf - The Nest Leaf is an easy way to know you’re saving energy, and it encourages you to continually improve your savings over time.
  • Save While You’re Away - Use your Nest’s location feature to set Home and Away Schedules. This allows for effortless savings!
  • Energy Reports - Nest shows you how much energy you use every day in Energy History and every month in your Home Report.

Learn more about Google Nest Thermostat Savings


Troubleshooting Tips


If you run into any issues while setting up or using your Nest, consult the troubleshooting widget and articles below. They cover the most common issues you may encounter after setting up your Nest thermostat. 

Visit the Troubleshooting Widget

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