How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector By Chris Smith October 12, 2020 7:07 pm BST

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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Google has announced a new version of its Nest Thermostat, which dramatically brings down the price point and, hopefully, your energy bills.

The $129 (around £100) Nest Thermostat debuts an attractive new design and some enticing new features. It loses the traditional twisting bezel and replaces it with a touch-sensitive casing. Now, users will be able to increase or decrease the temperature with taps and swipes on the side panel.

The new design enables a much more elegant, slimmer – could we say ornamental? – smart home solution, with a mirrored display providing a much more demure look. The display remains blank until it senses the approach of the user and illuminates the current settings.

Those motion detection features – based upon the same Soli tech Google uses in its Pixel smartphones – will detect if everyone’s left the house and will automatically change the settings to Eco mode, assisting with energy savings.

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While the Nest Learning Thermostat has traditionally learned from user’s schedules, comings and goings to help automatically correct the in-home temperature (clue’s in the name), the new Nest Thermostat focuses on helpful suggestions to enable the users to set their own schedules.

The Quick Schedule tools, for example, enable users to set in/out and night/day settings, while the companion app will provide little tips to ensure energy savings are maximised.

In a blog post the company writes: “With Savings Finder, Nest Thermostat is constantly looking for small optimisations that will help you save energy in your home. It proactively suggests small tweaks to your schedule that you can accept using the Home app. For example, it might suggest a small change to your sleep temperature to help aid sleep while saving you more on energy.”

They device also keeps tabs on the system in order to surface potential problems that could be leading to wastage. For example, if it believes your heating or air conditioning system might need a service, or whether it’s time for a filter change.

Naturally, the Google Home app plays a big role once you’re out of the house and will enable you to set the temperature to the perfect level when you’re about to head for home. Google Assistant commands from a compatible smart speaker are also supported.

Overall this looks like it may be the best Nest device for most people, and it comes in four colours; Snow, Charcoal, Sand and Fog. So far, availability has only been announced for the US and Canada, but we’d assume a UK launch won’t be far behind.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

Nest has a new, entry-level smart thermostat, under $130 but still packing remote app control, a new motion sensor, and a slick mirror-finish. The new Nest Thermostat also introduces a different interface, doing away with the physically-rotating casing of the existing models and replacing them with a touch-sensitive scroll strip on one side.

As before, the thermostat itself is circular. This time around, though, there are four color options: Snow, Sand, Charcoal, and a sage green Fog. Each has a matching mirror-finish fascia, through which the interface glows.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

On the side there’s a touch strip, against which you can stroke your fingertip to change things like temperature, and tap to select. Alternatively, you can control it all through the app, including new support in the Google Home app. That also includes a new setup process, with animations for each step.

Nest has also streamlined how the Nest Thermostat operates day to day. In the Home app, for example, all of the primary controls – like switching modes or adjusting the fan – has been brought to a single interface. There are also Quick Schedules, which can be quickly established for things like workouts, sleep, and other phases. You can override them with temperature holds, or request them manually via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

Also included in the Nest Thermostat for the first time is a Google Soli sensor. The motion-tracking chip we saw in the Pixel 4 is here used for waking the display when you come near to the thermostat, as well as – in combination with geofencing on your phone – to track movement in the house and automatically switch between Home and Away modes. However there’s no gesture recognition with Soli, so you can’t for instance adjust the temperature up or down by waving at the thermostat from across the room.

That, the company says, is more down to consistency than anything else. At $129.99, the new Nest Thermostat targets those yet to make the leap into connected appliances, and for whom simplicity is among the most important aspects. The new model is designed to work without a powered C-wire – there are two batteries inside for those HVAC systems which don’t explicitly supply power, and it can borrow a little energy from normal use – and so Nest opted to have the reassurance of the thermostat working consistently all the time rather than offering potentially power-hungry features that might undermine stability.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

The reality, though, is that Nest really hopes that most people won’t actually need to interact with the new Nest Thermostat all that much. It’ll shift in and out of Eco mode automatically, and the app will proactively suggest new energy savings settings. For example, it could suggest turning the temperature down slightly at night, for no impact on comfort but a saving on energy and thus money.

Indeed Nest says that owners could save on average 10-12 percent on their heating bill, and 15-percent on cooling – though it’s not guaranteeing that, of course – and the new Nest Thermostat has Energy Stat certification too. It also qualifies for rebates from a number of US energy companies, like Duke Energy, ComEd, and Consumers Energy. That can potentially knock a significant amount from the sticker price.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

As for environmental cred, the new thermostat’s plastic parts are made from 49-percent recycled post-consumer plastic. For the new Nest Thermostat Trim Kit matching wall plates, meanwhile, they’re 75-percent recycled plastic. Owners also get access to the HVAC monitoring system which Nest is now rolling out of beta, which tracks the heating and cooling systems and watches out for unusual patterns that could indicate a problem is forming. Users get notifications with explanations of why it’s a concern, suggestions of when to replace filters and do other regular maintenance, and links to local professionals who could perform a service.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

All Nest thermostat owners in the US and Canada can access the HVAC monitoring now, with no fee for the monitoring and reminders (though pro visits will vary in cost). The new Nest Thermostat, meanwhile, is up for preorder from today priced at $129.99 in the US and $179.99 in Canada; the trim kit will be $14.99 and $19.99 in the US and Canada respectively. It’ll ship in the coming weeks, Google says.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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A “dumb” thermostat makes you set the temperature manually. Once you set the temperature, your place stays at that temperature. It doesn’t know to turn off when you’re at work or that it’s going to be hotter than normal outside. A programmable or “smart” thermostat lets you tell it what time to turn off and on. That’s handy if you have a normal schedule. The Nest is supposed to be smart.

Problem #1: Internet Connectivity

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

You can set the Nest’s temperature from a website or an app. It also knows what the temperature is outside to adjust the on-off time based on that. If you want it 72 degrees at home, it knows to start the air conditioner earlier on a warmer day. If your wireless router or Internet connection blips, all those features are worthless. The Nest service doesn’t warn you if it has gone offline. Wireless networks are flaky, and we all need to reboot our routers on occasion. The app and the thermostat let you know your thermostat is offline if you check manually. Still, Nest doesn’t proactively warn you with an email or mobile notification if it detects the thermostat hasn’t registered with the server in a while.

Problem #2: Motion Sensing

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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The new Nest Cam integrates nicely with the Nest Protect smoke detector if it senses a problem in the home, such as a fire or CO warning. That’s great, but there’s no integration with the Nest thermostat. As of this writing, the only way to let your Nest know you’re home and active is to walk past it. For some homes, that is no problem; if the thermostat is in a location, you pass by often.

Manual thermostats were ugly, so we put them out of the way in many homes. In my home, it’s in the corner of the living room — someplace we rarely are. We have to walk over to the corner of the room when we come home before we even greet the dog to say, “We’re home, adjust the temperature.” I have a home office, and Nest too often assumes I am not home when I indeed was home — and wondering why it was too hot in the house. It’s like when you see those motion-controlled lights in a bathroom, and suddenly it goes out before you’re finished. Awkward.

I hoped that the Nest Cam would be smart enough to talk to the Nest Thermostat to say, ‘Hey, somebody’s home.” No such luck.

Problem #3: Limited Applications

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

The mobile Nest app lets you control all your devices from one central app or web page. That’s perfect for 2013. Sure it’s a first-world problem, but I want to control my Nest from a menubar app or lock screen. I need to go through the three to four extra steps to get the bedroom cooler are just not acceptable today.

The Solutions

Junction Warns You When Your Nest Detects a Problem

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

Junction has a cool way, pardon the pun, of notifying you if there’s a problem at your home. The Nest app does some of this, but apps aren’t always the most reliable at informing you of problems. A flaky update or a reboot may force you to log back in.

Junction is a web service that sends a text or email when it detects problems like the Nest going offline, a hot or cold temperature threshold is reached, or a humidity threshold was reached.

The latest version of the Nest app includes the temperature threshold, but that’s it. They don’t include an SMS or email option for notification. That means if someone is house-sitting, they’ll need the app to be notified if there’s a problem. Junction’s approach is better because it’s app-independent.

Geofencing -Using Location Rather than Motion

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

Instead of determining if I’m home based on movement, other IoT thermostats use geofencing. Geofencing uses your mobile device’s location to determine if you’re at home. That makes more sense than Nest’s motion detection. If I’m in my office, I want it cool, and I don’t want to have to say “Hi” to the Nest all the time. I think the dog was getting jealous. I greeted the Nest before I greeted her. Furthermore, Geofencing allows the thermostat to know in advance that I am coming home, turning on the air conditioner as I drive home, and turning it off when I leave.

For iOS, I’ve been using Skylark to add geofencing to Nest. It has a free 7-day trial, and then it’s a $4.99 in-app purchase. On Android, I briefly tested @home for Nest, but there are a few more apps at Google Play. If you’re looking for a more DIY solution, try some custom recipes in IFTTT. Before I bought Skylark, I had a recipe that linked my Automatic car sensor with my Nest.

Desktop and Wrist Apps Instead of Web Apps

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

I’m lazy. After all, that’s why I have a smart thermostat! If I’m working in my office, I don’t want to be bothered going to a website or by phone to change the temperature. I need the least interruption to my workflow. On the Mac, Climate lets me change the Nest temperature, or Thessa lets me do it from the Notification Center. For PC users, Roost adds a Windows 8 app to your computer, and Notifier for Nest puts controls in the PC notification center. As previously mentioned, Thessa has an Apple Watch interface, and WrisTemp Pro for Nest lets you do it from Android watches.

Nest makes it easy to write third-party apps, and IFTTT gives Nest magical properties. I think Google still missed some opportunities to make it easier for the average consumer. Fortunately, you can bridge those gaps with a few downloads.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your residence or away and can change temperatures to help you save even more.

The Nest works with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.

Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either install it yourself or call a HVAC pro like Tri County Climate Control LLC. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your house or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t an issue because the thermostat can pull adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.

In some instances, your heating and cooling system could have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.

Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems

The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.

8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions

If it can’t receive enough electricity, Nest says you could have some of these issues:

  1. Short battery life.
  2. Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
  3. Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
  4. Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
  5. Your system is producing weird noises, such as chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
  6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
  7. There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
  8. The system fan is constantly working, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.

You might think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat right away. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.

Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues

If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t solve the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional like one from Tri County Climate Control LLC can provide assistance. We can diagnose the malfunction and put in a C-wire, if needed.

Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life more convenient, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor settings while you’re out. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling pros at Tri County Climate Control LLC can take care of the problem quickly.

If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 541-238-2797 to set up your appointment today.

I’m new here so forgive me if I’m approaching this incorrectly. I did a brief scan looking for my issue but did not find my particular condition. So here I go.

I have 2 (gen 3) Nest Thermostats and 3 (gen 2) Nest Protect smoke detectors at my home. Everything use to work properly till I replaced 2 Protect units (battery for AC). After deleting the old units from my account then installing the new units to my account everything appeared to work properly except the home/away sensing with the 2 new Protect units. I’ve tried removing them from my account and reattaching them to my account but that didn’t work. Is there something I need to reset? should I delete my account and restart to get them all working again? I’ve tried toggling the home settings (home/away assist; what decides if you’re home; protect; yes/no) for each unit. everything works except the 2 new units will not trigger a “HOME” condition. Please help. I need to add, I’m not using my phone to assist with location. Only the motion sensing of the protects and thermostats.

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Update. In case anyone is interested, I spoke to support today. The following is the transcript. I removed my serial numbers and personal info, otherwise untouched:

Hi! Welcome to Protect support. My name is Tobias. For future reference, your case ID is XXXXXXXX. How are you today?

Im having a problem with my protect units

I see you are contacting us regarding help with home/away assist with your Nest Protect, correct?

I have 2 (gen 3) Nest Thermostats, 3 (gen 2) Nest Protect smoke detectors and 3 remote temperature sensors at my home. The Thermostats where installed first, then the protects, then the remote detectors. Everything had been working properly till I replaced 2 (gen 2) Protect units. After deleting the old units from my account then installing the new units to my account everything appeared to work properly except the home/away sensing with the 2 new Protect units. I’ve tried removing them from my account and reattaching them to my account but that didn’t work. Is there something I need to reset? Is there something wrong with these units? should I delete my account and restart to get them all working again? I’ve tried toggling the home settings (home/away assist; what decides if you’re home; protect; yes/no) for each unit. Everything works except the 2 new units will not trigger a “HOME” condition (I should add, I’m not using my phone location to assist with Home/Away, only the motion sensors in the Thermostats and Protects).

Thank you for clarifying.

I’m about to return these two new units but thought i’d check here first.

While the Nest Protect can contribute to deciding if you are home or not, there would be no specific changes in Nest Protect behavior apart from the sound test it does monthly.

The Nest Protect will sound an alarm and report an event when the structure is home or in away state.

If you would not like these devices to make any changes to your other Nest devices, we can remove them from contributing devices for home/away.

the protect can also change the thermostat “home/away status. it worked with the old units, and still works with my remaining old unit. just not with the new ones

use to sence motion and auto change the thermostats from “eco” to” home”

the single old one still is working but the two new ones are not

do you understand what I’m saying?

Could you please allow me two minutes while I check with my resources to help you?

Thank you for staying connected.

Could you please take a screenshot of the “What decides” section from home/away assist and help me with it on chat?

Thank you for that.

Apologies for the delay.

I am still checking with my resources to further confirm this for you.

no problem. I appreciate you

Just to ensure correct details are being checked, could you please help me with the serial number of the new Nest Protects you have?

You can find it on the rear of the Nest product, near the QR code.

You can also find the serial number in the Nest App. Here is the path: select the “Device” then tap on “Settings(gear icon in top right corner)” and swipe up till you see “technical info”. You will find the serial number.

XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX

do you want the number of the old one as well?

Yes, could you please help me with it too?

The Nest Protects you have a second generation battery powered Protects.

The battery operated device may show up as a contributing device but it would not be able to make the changes to the state of your structure.

The one unit that does work as expected is a wired Nest Protect that would indeed contribute and be able to change the state of your structure.

Then how did the old units worked.

Could you please help me with the serial number of the other two old Nest Protects too?

one was battery operated.

That is certainly not the expected behavior as only wired Nest Protects check in regularly with Nest servers to properly update the details and ensure that structure status is set properly.

The battery powered Nest Protects only check in with Nest servers every 24 hours and would not be able to update the details or make the changes to structure state.

As per details on my end, the battery powered Nest Protects cannot control or contribute to sensing or changing the state of structure.

Only wired Nest Protect are able to properly contribute and make the changes as it is working now.

I am sorry to say, as of now, the devices are working as expected.

can you pease check a second resource on your end as this use to work as the options on the screen shot implies and i’ve gone as far as to put the old unit back in operation to confirm it working.

You can refer to the below guide to confirm that battery powered Nest Protects can only correct or ensure that presence sensing data is accurate.

While it can be used as an option to confirm if someone is home or not, it cannot directly contribute and change the structure state from home to away or away to home by itself.

this says less often but not 24 hours.

The expected time frame for Nest Protect to check in with servers is once every 24 hours but the device may do it more than once if connected devices are providing any updates.

But, you would still need a wired Nest Protect to ensure that structure status can be switched when the devices detect motion.

I’m not crazy, this use to work. it may have taken a few minutes but 24 hours is not acceptable and not the way the old units worked. in this converstation you’ve said a number of things that where not correct. All i’m asking is to double check. Are you saying you will not try another resorce?

I have checked this with my resources and confirmed this with my senior support team and the battery powered Nest Protect alone cannot be used to change the status of your structure.

I am sorry that you feel this way, I tried my best to help you with available options at my end.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with while we are connected.

Your Nest Thermostat is smart enough to know when you’re at home or when you’re not with the feature called Home/Away Assist, the Nest Thermostat can utilize its built-in sensors just like the GPS location of the cell phone to automatically find if you are home or away.

From that point, you can bring down the temperature if you are outside and activate when you feel that you are getting back home.

Does Nest turn off when you leave?

At the point, when you’re returning home, your Nest Thermostat will see activity and change your home out of Way rapidly.

However, when you leave, it will hold up some time before changing itself to Eco Temperatures and changing your home to Away, to ensure everybody’s gone.

There are two explanations behind the delay in changing your thermostat to Away. At first, your cell phone’s precise location isn’t being tracked and there’s a buffer zone around your house.

Then presence detecting additionally utilizes sensor information from your Nest Thermostat and your verifiable occupancy patterns, your home will set aside some time to ensure that nobody isn’t at home before it changes to Away.

This is to help to ensure that just one individual has left the home, individuals who might be still present at home won’t have the heating abruptly turned down.

Automatically your Nest Thermostat can change to Eco Temperatures after it detects that no one’s home to help save energy.

However, you can likewise set it to Eco Temperatures manually. Both of these choices will keep your home moderately comfortable.

So, when you show up home, it should take less effort to arrive at your favored temperature than if you had set your Nest Thermostat to Off mode.

If you set Eco Temperatures manually, your thermostat will remain in that mode and won’t switch back to its customary schedule of warming or cooling until you change it to a warming or cooling mode manually.

If you let your thermostat change to Eco Temperatures automatically, and a neighbor drops by to deal with your pet or to collect the mail, your thermostat could turn your system on to arrive at a routinely planned temperature. After they leave, your thermostat will switch back to Eco Temperatures.

Do Nest Thermostats have cameras in them?

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Not yet, the hardware parts of the Nest thermostat only include the display, the base houses, the main PCB, rotating ring, bubble level, the connection terminals, and holes.

The software includes an Operating System that allows you to communicate with your Nest Thermostat by clicking and spinning its wheel, which is used for the conversion of temperatures from heating to cooling or from cooling to heating.

You can control your Nest Thermostat by touching the screen or the i/p device.

Can the Nest Thermostat spy on you?

They collect the information that they thought important to give you an extraordinary experience of your Nest devices and services, to assist you with saving energy, to assist you with remaining safe, and to keep you in contact with your home.

They use the information to offer and give us better services and products and make them more responsive to you.

Your Nest Thermostat utilizes sensors to collect information, for example, humidity and temperature of the room. This enables your Nest Thermostat to provide you comfort when you are at home, save energy when you are away, or change for daylight warming your home.

On account of these information collections, you may be worried that your Nest Thermostat is spying on you.

But you should be confident that innovation and technology brands aren’t perniciously spying on you or your family, they’re simply attempting to collect information to enable its features to work ideally.

Because the more data the gadget has on your preferences and habits, the better it can envision your requirements.

It’ll realize when somebody’s home and when they’re not, alongside the settings utilized in those situations.

You can alter temperatures to what you need, either with the Nest itself or with your tablet or cell phone.

Wrap up

The Nest even looks at how frequently you dial your thermostat. If you enter your code and Nest will match up with nearby climate conditions and forecasts.

It stores and keeps up your favored temperatures for when you’re away, and changes as indicated by the forecast to set the temperature within the range.

Your Nest Thermostat can change to Eco Temperatures automatically after it detects that no one’s at home to help save energy.

You can change these temperatures whenever utilizing the application. It will make a custom temperature routine to help you save energy and keep you in your comfort zone.

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For the first week or two that you own the Google Nest Learning Thermostat, you change the temperature manually based on your comfort level so that the thermostat can get an idea for the temperatures you like at different times of day. After the learning period, it will automatically adjust the temperature for you throughout the day.

We like that it alerts you when it detects extreme temperatures, but it also has light sensors to compensate for direct sunlight, so you won’t have to worry about wonky readings. The Nest also has a built-in “Farsight” motion sensor and will light up the customizable display when it senses someone in the room, even if you’re 10 feet away.

And if you get additional temperature sensors, the thermostat will adjust based on temperature readings in rooms that might be far away from the thermostat itself.

It also works well with other Nest products, like Nest Protect and Nest Cam. For example, if a Nest Protect smoke/CO detector senses elevated carbon monoxide levels, the thermostat will shut off the furnace and the Nest cameras will record an emergency clip so you can see what’s happening.

Connecting the programmable thermostat to your phone or security system lets it know when you leave the house so it can save energy while you’re gone. But some reviews say the temperature starts to adjust back to a comfortable level only when the Nest detects motion or “sees” your phone at home. So you might have a while to wait before it’s on target.

The Works with Nest API is deprecated and will be removed in Home Assistant Core 2022.5.

The Nest integration is the main integration to integrate all Nest related platforms. To connect Nest, you will have to sign up for a developer account and get a client_id and client_secret .

There is currently support for the following device types within Home Assistant:

Setting up developer account

  1. Visit Nest Developers, and sign in. Create an account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Fill in account details:
  • The “Company Information” can be anything. We recommend using your name.
  1. Submit changes
  2. Click “Products” at top of page.
  3. Click “Create New Product”
  4. Fill in details:
  • Product name must be unique. We recommend [email] – Home Assistant.
  • The description, users, URLs can all be anything you want.
  • Leave the “Redirect URI” Field blank
  1. For permissions check every box and if it’s an option select the read/write option. Note: there are important permissions under the “Other Permissions” category. If you are only adding a thermostat, do not just select the permissions under “Thermostat”. You still need to check the boxes under “Other Permissions” in order to give you access to features like away mode, ETA, structure read/write, and postal code.
  • The description requires a specific format to be accepted.
    • Use “[Home Assistant] [Edit] [For Home Automation]” as the description as it is not super important.
    1. Click “Create Product”
    2. Once the new product page opens the “Product ID” and “Product Secret” are located on the right side. These will be used as client_id and client_secret below.
    3. Add the Nest integration to your configuration.yaml and restart Home Assistant. Then, go to Configuration > Integrations and select CONFIGURE next to Nest . Click the link in the configurator pop up to log into your Nest account and complete the OAuth. Copy the resulting PIN code into the pop up.

    Connecting to the Nest Developer API requires outbound port 9553 on your firewall. The configuration will fail if this is not accessible.

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    It was a long time coming, but Nest has finally released its remote temperature sensor, which allows third-generation Nest thermostats to monitor multiple areas of your living space instead of only where the thermostat is installed.

    Remote sensors are a big reason why Ecobee’s smart thermostats have earned our top recommendations. Now that Nest is on a more equal footing with Ecobee, the dynamics change a bit, though not quite enough for Nest to claim the top spot. One reason why is that Ecobee’s sensors detect motion, so they know when a room is occupied and when it’s not. Nest’s sensors detect only ambient temperature, so it’s up to you to decide when sensor should be used to control your HVAC system at any given time.

    If you spend most of your time in a room in your home that your HVAC system just can’t seem to make comfortable, putting a remote sensor there will help your system achieve that goal. If you work out of a home office during the day, for instance, placing a sensor in that room will enable the thermostat to respond to the temperature in that room instead of only in the hallway where your thermostat is located.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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    Nest Sensors are bigger than pocket change, but small enough to be discreet.

    A single Nest thermostat can support up to six sensors, which allows for extensive monitoring. The puck-shaped sensors measure about two inches in diameter and can rest on a flat surface or be hung on a wall up to 50 feet from the thermostat. They operate on a CR-2 3V lithium button battery, which Nest says should last up to two years, and they communicate with the thermostat using Bluetooth Low Energy.

    Using the Nest app to set up the sensors is simple enough, but the thermostat will need a firmware update. This should happen automatically, but if you’re like me and can’t wait, remember that the firmware updates occur only when the Nest is not actively controlling your HVAC system.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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    You use the app to tell the thermostat which sensor you want it to respond to.

    If you’re using a third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat or a Nest Thermostat E (older models are not compatible), adding one or more sensors will help make your home’s interior climate more comfortable. But be aware that adding sensors is not a magical cure-all. Cooling or warming one room or one area of your home will require your HVAC system to pump cool or warm air through the rest of the home, too.

    For those deciding between our top thermostat recommendations—Nest or Ecobee—we still prefer the Ecobee series for its user interface and exceptional touchscreen (and the Ecobee4 features an integrated Amazon Echo). Sensors greatly level the playing field for Nest, though, and if you’re already deep into the Nest ecosystem with its smoke/CO detectors, security cameras, doorbell, home security system, and the Nest x Yale door lock, buying one of the company’s thermostats is a no-brainer.

    Editors’ note: This review was updated shortly after publication to add the fact that the Nest Temperature Sensor does not detect motion.

    Google on Monday introduced a new Nest Thermostat, and it’s available starting today for just $129. The device is a simpler take on Google’s previous Nest thermostats, but that doesn’t mean the device isn’t smart. In addition to monitoring your heating and cooling system, the new Nest Thermostat features Soli technology for motion sensing.

    One of the biggest changes in the new Nest Thermostat is the design. This version features 49% recycled post-consumer plastic, and there’s no rotating dial, something that’s been present in previous models. Instead, there’s a touch sensitive strip on the right side, which you can use to adjust the temperature. The device also features a mirrored finish and a display that is easily readable when the device is being used.

    Google has also included Soli radar technology, which will allow the thermostat to detect when you’re standing in front of it. There are no gesture-based controls, however, like previous rumors speculated. That’s strange considering the previously-touted uses of the technology and the fact that a simple passive infrared sensor could have done the job for presence sensing. It’s possible we’ll see a firmware update add support for gesture controls, though we can only speculate at this point.

    To reduce costs, some of the software has been pared-down. Google said the new Nest Thermostat doesn’t have a learning function, so temperatures will need to be set manually when you’re home and away. It does, however, offer scheduling and will proactively suggest small optimizations to help you save energy in your home.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    You’ll be able to control the device through the Google Home app on your smartphone. The device also supports voice control via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. There’s a geolocation mode as well, which will automatically trigger an Eco mode, so you can conserve energy while you’re away. It’ll also monitor your HVAC, so if there are any issues, you’ll know right away.

    The new Nest Thermostat comes in four colors: Snow, Charcoal, Sand, and Fog. Google is also offering a $14.99 Trim Kit, which is designed to cover any imperfections on the wall in perfectly matched Nest Thermostat colors. If you’re unsure if your home is compatible with the new smart thermostat, you can check Google’s online Compatibility Checker.

    You can preorder the device starting today for $129, with availability in the coming weeks.

    The first generation of the Nest Learning really broke the mold as far as domestic thermostats went. It changed the thermostat from just a switch that turned heating and coolingon and off at set times and set temperatures to a far more useful tool.

    The Nest Learning Thermostat, 2 nd Generation improved on the initial design and brought more functionality and ease of use. The recently launched 3 rd Generation developed since Google took ownership is the latest offering. What does it offer that the 2 nd Generation didn’t and is it still ahead of the field when it comes to smart thermostats?

    Design

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Visually the two generations look similar, I that they are both circular and have a digital display in the middle. When compared side by side though, the 3 rd Generation is much smaller than its predecessor. The older version was a large 6.5” diameter and stuck out from the wall by 3”, whereas the new 3rd Generation is about half that size, only 3.3” diameter and only 1.2” thick. Despite that, the display is 40% larger than on the previous model. Same great Nest, now with even better looks!

    Pros

    • Larger display than on the 2 nd version
    • Far field sensor – will detect you across the room and light up and display the time or temperature
    • Will display a summary of your thermostat settings, your energy history and the setting schedule at the twist of the outer ring
    • The Nest 3 rd Generation tracks the weather so it can automatically adjust to help you stay comfortable or save energy
    • Motion sensor to detect when the space is unused and switch to ‘Away’ mode
    • Learning mode automatically programs itself over 7 days by learning your routines
    • Controllable remotely through PC, smartphone or tablet
    • Compatible with 95% of North American heating and cooling systems

    Cons

    • As with the older model, the sensor that detects whether you are in the house or not to turn the system off or on, is in the thermostat itself. This means that the Nest needs to be positioned in a room where the main activity takes place.
    • To make the most of the learning and automatic motion sensors the thermostat many have to be repositioned compared to where your old thermostat was
    • The Nest Learning Thermostat, 3 rd Generation only has one motion sensor, whereas the Ecobee 3 has a number of remote sensors that can be located around the house adding to the efficiency and convenience of the thermostat.

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    Ease of Use 4.5/5

    This thermostat comes with a pre-programmed schedule but will, overtime, learn your schedule and adapt to it. With the motion sensors that will switch the system on and off when your schedule differs, the Nest 3 is a very easy thermostat to use.

    Installation 4.3/5

    Nest say that most homeowners can install the thermostat in 30 minutes, but that is if replacing and old one with the Nest. As mentioned above, to get the best out of the Nest it may be necessary to move it from where your existing thermostat is to a different room.

    Like the previous generation, it is possible to install it without a ‘C’ wire, but it depends on how much power can be drawn from other feeds. Using this system there is the possibility that you may end up with intermittent Wi-Fi connectivity. The system functions best with a ‘C’ wire, but if you don’t have the ‘C’ wire there is a possible work around video here which will work for some systems.

    Programming 4.5/5

    In theory, apart from adjusting the temperatures to those which you prefer, the Nest 3 requires no programming at all. It comes with a set schedule and will adjust that schedule to suit your requirements. These adjustments are based on the motion sensor detecting your presence or absence.

    As with the Nest 2, when you are setting your temperatures there is a small green leaf in the display which lights up when you are on the most economical temperatures.

    The Nest 3 can be adjusted from several smart phones, but you can choose to lock the programmed settings with a PIN code to stop others from altering them.

    Energy Saving 4.7/5 How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The potential to save energy and costs with this thermostat is very much higher than many of its competitors due to some of the features and the information that you are supplied with.

    The ‘Auto Away’ function, which detects when there has been no movement in the area for 2 hours and switches the heating of cooling down, is a real energy saving benefit if you have a changeable schedule.

    The small green leaf at the bottom of the display lights up as you adjust the temperature, the green leaf shows when you are at the lower energy use settings.

    The 10-day report can help you see where your energy usage has been high and could be reduced in the future. This does rely on positive action by the user to benefit from this, though.

    In some areas energy suppliers offer rebates or discounts for having an approved programmable thermostat, like the Nest, installed.

    There are some energy suppliers that will give you a free Nest 3 if you sign up to some of their usage plans.

    Bottom Line 4.5/5

    So, is the 3 rd Generation any good and how does it compare with its predecessor, the older version? The Nest 2 was a very good and versatile thermostat. The main points against it was the large size which could be a bit overpowering in some rooms – this problem has certainly been addressed with the Nest 3. As stated above in Nest thermostat 3rd generation review, there are a lot to say..

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Nest today introduced a new, more affordable thermostat to its lineup of smart home devices. Simply called the Nest Thermostat, it starts at $129 — significantly cheaper than the $250 current-gen Nest Thermostat — and leverages Google’s Soli technology to recognize gestures behind its mirror-like display.

    The new Nest Thermostat comes as many consumers are looking to conserve energy in their homes, both to save money and to help the environment. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, energy spending plunged more than 13% in April — the steepest drop since the government began keeping records nearly 60 years ago. In a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 63% of Americans said they would be willing to make sacrifices to comply with stricter environmental regulations.

    The new Nest Thermostat, which is Energy Star-certified and built from recycled plastic, displays timely information, including the temperature and the current heating, cooling, and ambient modes. The display lights up when someone approaches and powers down when it’s not in use, courtesy of a Soli module that acts as a real-time motion sensor.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Soli module was a collaborative effort between Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group and the Nest team. Much like the chip inside the Pixel 4, it contains a 60GHz radar and antenna receivers that record positional information, in addition to things like range and velocity. Gesture-classifying AI models were trained using millions of recordings from Google volunteers and were supplemented with hundreds of hours of radar readings from other Google volunteers. The models were optimized to run directly on the thermostat’s low-power processor, allowing them to track up to 18,000 frames per second even when the main processor is powered down.

    Thanks to Soli, the new Nest Thermostat recognizes swipes upward and downward, as well as forward selection motions in the air, eliminating the need for physical buttons on the face of the device. Fine-grained settings, controls for fans and other elements, and a dashboard that shows historical energy use have migrated to the Google Home app.

    Google has to certify Soli-equipped devices like the new Nest Thermostat with regulatory authorities (e.g., the U.S. Federal Communications Commission) in order to transmit at the required frequencies. When asked whether Soli-powered features would be available at launch in countries where the new Nest Thermostat is sold, product lead Ruchi Desai said Google will only release the thermostat in territories where it has gained regulatory approval. That’s in contrast to the company’s strategy with the Pixel 4, which didn’t initially support Soli in every country.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    One of the new Nest Thermostat’s highlights is a feature called Quick Schedule, which offers the ability to create temperature presets that reflect users’ lifestyles and preferences. Beyond this, the thermostat leverages Soli and smartphone-dependent geofencing to automatically enable eco-friendly modes. There’s also Savings Finder, which provides energy savings suggestions and can automatically apply those changes if users choose.

    The new Nest Thermostat also ships with a feature that identifies unusual patterns related to HVAC systems. The feature, which Google began testing last January and which will come to existing Nest Thermostats in the U.S. and Canada, learns to spot patterns — based on information like historical data and current weather — that might indicate a system malfunction. For example, if it’s taking longer than expected to heat a home, Nest might conclude there’s a problem with the heating system.

    Users receive notifications via emails that outline what Nest has detected and which system (heating or cooling) might have been the culprit, or they can sign up for a daily Nest Home Report that spotlights the HVAC alerts. If necessary, they can book an HVAC professional through gig marketplace Handy. This option is initially available in over 20 metro areas, including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Maintenance with Handy will include a general inspection of either the heating or cooling system and the Nest Thermostat.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Google says with continuous feedback the system will become better at detecting anomalies over time.

    The new Nest Thermostat — which doesn’t support Nest’s Temperature Sensors — will launch in the U.S. and Canada (where it’s $179 CAD) to start. It will come in four colors, including sand, charcoal, snow, and fog. A trim kit designed to streamline the process of affixing it to walls will be sold separately for $15 ($20 CAD).

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    The following Nest product review has been taken from expertreviews.co.uk. In conclusion, Nest’s simple controls and great-looking thermostat make it a top product. The Nest thermostat is perfect for radiator central heating and will help you save money in the long run. We are the only stockists in New Zealand and think its a great product!

    Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd generation review: Simple and powerful smart heating

    If there’s one name synonymous with smart heating, it’s Nest. Now on the third generation, the Nest Learning Thermostat remains one of the best and simplest smart heating systems.

    The Nest thermostat system ships as two components: the smart thermostat and the Heat Link, which connects to your boiler. With this version, the Heat Link is capable of controlling both heating and hot water. In addition, you can install multiple Nest Thermostats and heat links to have system zone control in your home.

    Although it’s fairly straightforward to connect up the Nest yourself, professional installation might make more sense, particularly as the Heat Link needs 230V mains power. Installation is fairly flexible. If you have existing thermostat wires, you can hook these up to the Heat Link’s 12V DC output. The Nest Thermostat is then powered directly via these cables. If you don’t already have a thermostat, Nest can operate in wireless mode, with the Learning Thermostat powered via USB. In the box, you get a wall-mount for the thermostat, but you can buy a desk-stand instead if you prefer.

    Nest Thermostat review: Design

    Your main choice when buying the system is to choose which colour thermostat you want: copper, white, stainless steel or black. All versions look great, and the hockey-puck-sized thermostat remains the best-looking smart heating system. It’s not just a pretty design, though: the Nest Thermostat is also practical. The outside spins and the unit acts as one big button, letting you control temperature, schedules and other features directly from the thermostat. It helps that the entire front of the thermostat is a display with a sharp pixel density of 229ppi. As a result, the Nest Thermostat really does look like the heating control of the future.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation review

    Setup is fairly straightforward, using the thermostat’s controls to hook it up to Wi-Fi, so that it can be remote-controlled. Once online, you can control everything from the Nest app, which is the same app that also controls the cameras and Nest Protect. If you already have other Nest devices, then, it’s great to be able to control everything from one place. However, the idea is that you shouldn’t need to touch the app very often. As the name suggests, this thermostat is designed to learn how you work and set a schedule automatically.

    For the first couple of weeks, you’re encouraged to turn the heat up when you get up, turn it down when you go out, and up again when you get back in. We found that the automatic schedule could throw up some strange results, so it’s good to see that you can set your own schedule both in-app and on the thermostat. If you leave the learning mode on, the schedule will be tweaked over time, but you can just disable the learning mode instead.

    Nest Thermostat review: Motion sensor

    Nest has designed the thermostat to save money, by switching to Away mode and reducing the set temperature when you go out. It uses two methods for this: your phone’s location (multiple users are supported for busy households), and the motion detector mounted on the front of the Nest. The combination works brilliantly and should help you save money on heating bills.

    Nest can use the motion sensor for its Farsight mode, too. When you’re up to 5m away, the thermostat can flash up some information on its screen, as set by the app. You can have a clock, the current room temperature, weather forecast or target temperature. It’s a neat feature that makes the most of the screen and makes the Nest Thermostat more useful than for just heating your house.

    True Radiant is Nest’s smart learning algorithm that learns how your home heats up. It’s designed to turn your heating off early, so that hot radiators don’t push the internal temperature past the set point. As Nest learns how your home works, you should find that the temperature doesn’t vary much from the temperature you set. If you place your thermostat where the sun can shine on it, the sun detector helps prevent issues such as your heating shutting down early.

    Nest Thermostat review: Compatibility

    Nest has built its thermostat to work with the Nest Protect. For example, if a siren goes off, the thermostat can display an alert. Even better, if carbon monoxide is detected, the thermostat can shut off the heating to prevent making the issue worse. The Nest 3 controller is ideally suited to radiator systems. We recommend a probe for underfloor systems and the Nest controller doesn’t have a probe.

    Nest Thermostat review: Verdict

    The Nest Thermostat certainly isn’t one of the cheapest heating systems, and there’s no option to add smart radiator valves, but it depends on what you want. For smaller homes or where you want a simple, centralised controller, it’s hard to beat Nest’s combination of simple controls and powerful heating options.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your residence or away and can change settings to help you save even more.

    The Nest can be used with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy company for valuable rebates, because you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.

    Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either wire it yourself or contact a HVAC specialist like Brookwood Inc. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your home or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a setback as the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.

    In some instances, your heating and cooling system might need that C-wire. And here’s why.

    Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues

    The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from older programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.

    8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions

    If it can’t draw adequate electricity, Nest says you could experience some of these problems:

    1. Bad battery life.
    2. Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
    3. Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
    4. Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
    5. Your system is making strange noises, such as chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
    6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
    7. There is a delay notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
    8. The system fan is constantly working, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.

    You could believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat initially. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.

    Our Pros Can Solve Nest Thermostat Problems

    If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t solve the issue, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Brookwood Inc can provide support. We can identify the issue and put in a C-wire, if necessary.

    Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor temps while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work properly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Brookwood Inc can take care of the problem fast.

    If you’re running into atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 641-316-9803 to request your appointment today.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    A smart thermostat is a great investment. As it learns your schedule, it can adjust the temperature of your house to not only ensure that you are comfortable but to heat and cool your home efficiently, saving you money. The best smart thermostats integrate features like voice command via Google Assistant and/or Amazon Alexa so that you can control the temperature literally without lifting a finger.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    5 Things to Know About Smart Thermostats Before Buying

    1. HVAC: You want to make sure that your new thermostat will work with your HVAC system, so check to make sure it’s compatible.
    2. Installation: Pay attention to requirements for installation and how they match up to your system. If your system has a C wire, then it should be fairly easy to install your thermostat.
    3. Remote Sensors: Depending on the size of your home, you may want one or more remote sensors to make sure your whole house is comfortable. If this is important to you, make sure your thermostat supports them.
    4. Smart Home Integration: Many thermostats can work with other smart home devices for better efficiency and easier control.
    5. Remote Control: Being able to control your thermostat when you’re away from home via an app on your smartphone is a handy feature, especially for those days when your schedule changes.

    Our pick for the best smart thermostat is simply the smartest. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns your behavior patterns and adjusts its heating/cooling schedule. It’s a great pick if you don’t want to worry about programming your schedule. Other picks on this list use geofencing and motion detectors to sense when you are home and adjust accordingly. We’ve sorted through reviews from a range of reputable sources to pick the best smart thermostats for every size budget and home.

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    Our Top Picks

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen)

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    • Intuitive design
    • Comes in different finishes
    • Large display is easy to read
    • Doesn’t support Apple HomeKit

    Product Snapshot

    Nearly a decade ago the first Nest smart thermostat made a splash on the smart home market. Designed by Tony Fadell, the engineer of the original iPod, it’s intuitive and elegantly simple, imitating Richard Dreyfuss’s ubiquitous Honeywell thermostats. This makes this new piece of technology seem immediately familiar. Even with an influx of competition in intervening years, the Nest Learning Thermostat—now on its third iteration and owned by Google—remains at the top of most experts’ lists of the best smart thermostats.

    The new version has a larger, sharper display, and it is compatible with a larger number of HVAC systems. It can be paired with a remote sensor (sold separately) to ensure all areas of your home are comfortable. As its name implies, what remains most remarkable is the Nest’s ability to learn your routine and adjust its heating/cooling schedule for maximum efficiency, saving energy and money. However, if you wish to change the temperature, you can use voice commands via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, use the Nest app, or simply turn the aesthetically pleasing dial manually.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Nest Learning Thermostat aims to cut down energy costs by learning your heating and cooling preferences. When you first install the thermostat, it will record each time you set the temperature for your home. So that after about a week it will start automatically adjusting the temperature of your home based on your heating and cooling habits.

    The Nest Learning Thermostat has an embedded computer which connects to the Internet and can be controlled using a smartphone app, so you can adjust your home’s temperature on-the-go.

    • Sleek design
    • Easy to install and use
    • Cuts energy costs (Nest reports it can save you $131 to $145 a year)
    • Can’t work with other home automation components, though the company has added cameras and smoke detectors to the Nest product line.
    • You’ll need multiple thermostats to control different HVAC zones in your home. The Nest only monitors its immediate surrounding area.

    Visit www.nest.com for more information.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    What it’s all about

    The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat’s purpose is to work with other energy-consuming appliances and fixtures in your home to help manage your home’s total energy consumption. It does this by syncing with other devices and sensors in your home and adjusting temperature accordingly.

    For example, if you leave a door or window open for a long time, it can turn off the AC so you don’t waste energy. When you arm your home’s alarm system and leave your home, the thermostat can automatically lower temperatures to save money.

    You can also remotely control and adjust your home’s temperature, and, with Alarm.com’s Geo-Services feature, it can begin adjusting to the perfect temperature when it senses you’re close to home.

    • Saves gas and electricity because it controls lights and other electrical appliances in addition to your home’s heating unit.
    • Compatible with other home automation gadgets like cameras, garage door, alarm system, etc.
    • Uses more data to make informed decisions on how to conserve energy because it has a temperature sensor, motion detectors, door/window sensors and security alarm sensors.
    • It’s more expensive. The thermostat itself is cheaper than the Nest. However, to use it properly, you’ll have to buy a home automation system and the monthly service plan that goes with it. But if you were already looking for a home automation/security system, this isn’t an issue.

    Visit www.alarm.com for more information.

    If your living space is small in size, like a condo or an apartment, and you’re just looking to upgrade your thermostat, the Nest may be the best option for you. You won’t pay a lot of money upfront and you’ll still save on your utility bill and cut down on energy waste.

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    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your house or away and can raise and lower settings to help you save even more.

    The Nest works with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.

    Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either hook it up on your own or call a HVAC pro like Kapaun & Brown Inc.. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem since the thermostat can draw ample power from other heating and cooling wires.

    Sometimes, your heating and cooling system could have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.

    Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues

    The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from older programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.

    8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems

    If it can’t draw ample juice, Nest says you may have some of these issues:

    1. Bad battery life.
    2. Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
    3. Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
    4. Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
    5. Your system is making strange noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
    6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
    7. There is a delay notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
    8. The system fan is continuously running, won’t switch on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.

    You could think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.

    Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues

    If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat professional including one from Kapaun & Brown Inc. can support you. We can diagnose the malfunction and put in a C-wire, if needed.

    Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can resolve the issue in no time.

    If you’re going through unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 641-812-2028 to schedule your appointment today.

    If there’s one name synonymous with smart heating, it’s Nest. Now on the third generation, the Nest Learning Thermostat remains one of the best and simplest smart heating systems.

    The Nest thermostat system ships as two components: the smart thermostat and the Heat Link, which connects to your boiler. With this version, the Heat Link is capable of controlling both heating and hot water. In addition, you can install multiple Nest Thermostats into zoned heating systems if you have one installed.

    Although it’s fairly straightforward to connect up the Nest yourself, professional installation might make more sense, particularly as the Heat Link needs 230V mains power.

    Installation is fairly flexible. If you have existing thermostat wires, you can hook these up to the Heat Link’s 12V DC output. The Nest Thermostat is then powered directly via these cables.

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    If you don’t already have a thermostat, Nest can operate in wireless mode, with the Learning Thermostat powered via USB. In the box, you get a wall-mount for the thermostat, but you can buy a desk-stand for £27 instead if you prefer.

    Nest Thermostat review: Design

    Your main choice when buying the system is to choose which colour thermostat you want: copper, white, stainless steel or black. All versions look great, and the hockey-puck-sized thermostat remains the best-looking smart heating system.

    It’s not just a pretty design, though: the Nest Thermostat is also practical. The outside spins and the unit acts as one big button, letting you control temperature, schedules and other features directly from the thermostat.

    It helps that the entire front of the thermostat is a display with a sharp pixel density of 229ppi. As a result, the Nest Thermostat really does look like the heating control of the future.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Setup is fairly straightforward, using the thermostat’s controls to hook it up to Wi-Fi, so that it can be remote-controlled. Once online, you can control everything from the Nest app, which is the same app that also controls the cameras and Nest Protect. If you already have other Nest devices, then, it’s great to be able to control everything from one place.

    However, the idea is that you shouldn’t need to touch the app very often. As the name suggests, this thermostat is designed to learn how you work and set a schedule automatically.

    For the first couple of weeks, you’re encouraged to turn the heat up when you get up, turn it down when you go out, and up again when you get back in. We found that the automatic schedule could throw up some strange results, so it’s good to see that you can set your own schedule both in-app and on the thermostat. If you leave the Learning mode on, the schedule will be tweaked over time, but you can just disable the Learning mode instead.

    Nest Thermostat review: Motion sensor

    Nest has designed the thermostat to save money, by switching to Away mode and reducing the set temperature when you go out. It uses two methods for this: your phone’s location (multiple users are supported for busy households), and the motion detector mounted on the front of the Nest. The combination works brilliantly and should help you save money on heating bills.

    Nest can use the motion sensor for its Farsight mode, too. When you’re up to 5m away, the thermostat can flash up some information on its screen, as set by the app. You can have a clock, the current room temperature, weather forecast or target temperature. It’s a neat feature that makes the most of the screen and makes the Nest Thermostat more useful than for just heating your house.

    True Radiant is Nest’s smart learning algorithm that learns how your home heats up. It’s designed to turn your heating off early, so that hot radiators don’t push the internal temperature past the set point. As Nest learns how your home works, you should find that the temperature doesn’t vary much from the temperature you set.

    If you place your thermostat where the sun can shine on it, the sun detector helps prevent issues such as your heating shutting down early.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel – Smart Thermostat – A Brighter Way To Save Energy

    £178.98 Buy now

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    Nest Thermostat review: Compatibility

    Nest has built its thermostat to work with the Nest Protect. For example, if a siren goes off, the thermostat can display an alert. Even better, if carbon monoxide is detected, the thermostat can shut off the heating to prevent making the issue worse.

    There’s an IFTTT channel, too, which lets you set the temperature on your thermostat automatically. And, you can make other things happen when the thermostat rises above or below a temperature threshold, or switches from Home to Away mode.

    As Nest is a Google company, it should come as no surprise that the thermostat supports Google Home, as well as Amazon Alexa. There’s no Siri support via Apple HomeKit, however.

    Nest Thermostat review: Verdict

    The Nest Thermostat certainly isn’t one of the cheapest heating systems, and there’s no option to add smart radiator valves, but it depends on what you want. For smaller homes or where you want a simple, centralised controller, it’s hard to beat Nest’s combination of simple controls and powerful heating options.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your home or gone and can change settings to help you save even more.

    The Nest works with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.

    Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either wire it on your own or contact a HVAC pro like Ambient Air. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just used for powering your thermostat. If your home or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a setback since the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.

    Sometimes, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.

    Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions

    The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from outdated programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.

    8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues

    If it can’t get adequate juice, Nest says you could experience some of these troubles:

    1. Short battery life.
    2. Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
    3. Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
    4. Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
    5. Your system is producing strange noises, like chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
    6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or repeatedly turning on and off in a short period of time.
    7. There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
    8. The system fan is always working, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.

    You may believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.

    Our Professionals Can Solve Nest Thermostat Problems

    If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat professional like one from Ambient Air can provide assistance. We can determine the problem and add a C-wire, if required.

    Smart thermostats like the Nest are created to make your life more convenient, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Ambient Air can resolve the trouble in no time.

    If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 520-357-4912 to request your appointment right away.

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    Are you bothered that your smart Nest Thermostat changes the room temperature every so often? Do you want it to stay at a particular level, but it does otherwise? Well, you can keep it from doing that, and we’ll teach you how. We’ve done the research for you, and here’s what we found out.

    To stop your Nest Thermostat from automatically changing the room temperature, you need to:

    1. Go to the Nest Thermostat Menu from your Nest App.
    2. Turn off the Auto-Schedule, Eco Mode, Home/Away, and Early On features.
    3. Input your desired temperature.
    4. Press “Confirm” to save your new settings.

    Keep on reading so that we can tell you more about how to hold the temperature in your Nest thermostats using the Nest app and even without it. This article will also talk about why your Nest thermostat keeps changing the temperature in your house and if Google Nest can be trusted. Let’s get down to business!

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    How to Stop Nest Thermostat from Auto Adjusting Temperature

    Homes are getting smarter these days. You can manage different facets of your home with the help of smart appliances. You can control them right at your fingertips no matter where you are, as long as there’s an internet connection.

    This smart home technology not only makes it convenient for you to manage your home settings. It also makes your home safer, more energy-efficient, and allows you to save on energy costs.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The Nest thermostats are one such example of a smart device. They have the capability to learn the optimal temperature for your home as you continue to use it. It has a built-in technology that determines the algorithm of your thermostat usage based on various factors such as time of the day and the presence of people in the house.

    As such, you will notice that your Nest thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature inside your house from time to time in its attempt to optimize the use of your HVAC system.

    Your Nest thermostat can do this because its smart features are turned on. It could be the Auto-Schedule, Home/Away, Eco Mode, or Early On features -a combination, or all of the above.

    So, to stop your thermostat from changing temperatures, you just need to turn off these features from your Nest app. Here’s how you do it:

    1. Go to your Nest app and choose “Nest Thermostat.” 2. Disable the Auto-Schedule, Eco Mode, Home/Away, and Early On features. 3. Enter the temperature level that you prefer. 4. Save your new settings.

    That’s it! Your Nest thermostat will follow your new settings and won’t adjust the temperature on its own.

    How to set Nest thermostat to hold temperature without app

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    The steps mentioned above require that you make the changes from the Nest app, which is only accessible when you have an internet connection. But the good news is that even if you cannot access the Nest app, you can still change the settings from your thermostat unit.

    Here’s how to do it.

    How to start a temperature hold without the Nest app

    1. Select “Hold” from the Menu. 2. Choose “Eco” or “Current Temp.” 3. Input the time that you want your thermostat to hold your chosen temperature. You can choose from 30 minutes to 24 hours. But if you’re using Eco mode, pressing “None” will hold the temperature indefinitely until you change the settings. 4. Select “Confirm” to save your settings.

    Take note, however, that this is only applicable to Nest Thermostat models and not to other models.

    If there’s a previous hold or you already want to change the room temperature, here are the steps on how to end the hold.

    How to end the temperature hold without the Nest app

    1. Select Hold from the Menu. 2. Choose Stop.

    That’s it! Your thermostat will be back to adjusting the temperature inside your home to help you optimize your HVAC system while you save on energy costs.

    Why does my Nest Thermostat keep changing the temperature?

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Eco-mode

    Auto-Schedule

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Home/Away

    Early On

    Can Google Nest be trusted?

    Final Thoughts

    To keep your Nest Thermostat from changing temperatures, just turn off the features that enable it to do so. You can do this from the Nest app or on your thermostat. This way, you can enjoy your preferred temperature for as long as you like.

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    Google hasn’t released an updated smart thermostat since the Nest Thermostat E in 2017, but a new one is coming in just a few weeks with a simpler design and a lower price tag. You can pre-order the new thermostat today in four great colors for a mere $129.99. That’s $40 less than the Thermostat E and $120 less than the 3rd Gen Nest. Despite what you may have heard, there are no Soli-based gestures. There is a Soli sensor inside, but it’s just for motion detection.

    The minimalist redesign looks very nice, at least in renders. We have yet to see how it looks in real life, but the redesign wasn’t just about looking good—Nest also worked to make the device cheaper. The iconic rotating ring from older Nests is gone, replaced by a touch-sensitive zone on the edge where you can swipe and tap to navigate the interface. That helps to keep the price down, as does the decision to drop the included trim kit (the thing that covers up ugly walls around the thermostat). Nest says most people prefer to tidy up the wall, so the color-matched trim kits are now a $14.99 optional add-on.

    Left to right: Snow, Sand, Charcoal, and Fog

    The new unit still works without a C wire, but it gets there a bit differently than past Nests. Instead of the internal (and expensive) rechargeable battery, the new Nest has two AAA batteries. These are user-replaceable and should last a year or two in most systems. Like the Thermostat E, the new Nest should work with about 90% of homes. However, those with unusual HVAC setups will need to get the more expensive 3rd Gen unit. You’ll also need the 3rd Gen if you use Nest Temperature Sensors around the house as they don’t work with the new model.

    This is also the first Nest Thermostat that operates entirely in the Google Home app—it won’t even appear in the Nest app. All the learning and scheduling features will be in the Home app, so there will be none of that straddling two apps nonsense like the Nest Wifi or Nest Hub Max. The company isn’t confirming anything yet, but I imagine the current Nest app is not long for this world.

    While the new thermostat doesn’t technically replace either of Nest’s existing models, it’s effectively taking over the budget end of the spectrum from the Thermostat E. Going forward, the Thermostat E will no longer be a consumer product. Nest will instead make the E exclusive to Pro installers. The Nest 3rd Gen will continue on as the “flagship” thermostat with more features and wider system compatibility, at least for now. You can pre-order the new Nest Thermostat today for $129.99. Google doesn’t have a specific ship date but says it will be within the next few weeks.

    How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

    Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would. He’s the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.