Nest can only learn what you teach it. We realize that teaching a thermostat is a new idea, so here’s a quick guide to avoiding unpleasant surprises in your temperature schedule.
Remember Nest’s first week in your home is important.
In its first few days in your home, Nest is a blank slate. It tries to figure out what “normal” is in your home as quickly as possible, and that means adding each temperature change you make to its schedule. After a week, Nest grows out of this phase and will ignore one-off changes, but in those first days, be attentive to how you set the temperature. This is a good time to decide if you’re going to maximize comfort, energy efficiency, or a balance of both, since Nest will use the schedule it learns this week as a template for the future.
Nest learns from everyone’s temperature adjustments, not just yours.
Get the family on board. Teaching Nest well is a project for the entire household, since everyone can contribute to - and disrupt - the schedule you’re building. If people are fighting over the thermostat, turning it up and down over a short period of time, Nest will only remember the last temperature change. Explain to the family how Nest works and, if necessary, use Nest’s thermostat lock. It locks how high or low you can adjust the temperature, so the kids can’t decide to throw a beach party in your living room.
Accept that you may not remember every temperature change you make.
We’ve been trained all our lives to follow our whims when it comes to the thermostat: you turn it up, turn it down, almost thoughtlessly. Thermostats don’t remember what you do from one day to the next, so the temperatures we’ve set in the past slip our minds as easily as the location of our car keys.
But Nest remembers your temperature changes, even when you don’t. We’ve been using Nest for months in our own homes, and sometimes even we can’t remember how certain temperatures got on our schedules. But it’s not magic or a bug. It’s the thermal equivalent of checking the key hook by the door and finding it empty. If you don’t like the changes you find on your schedule, teach Nest new ones, or simply adjust your schedule.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is what you make it. If you’re a little more attentive in your first week with Nest and don’t teach it any bad behavior, your Nest will keep you comfortable all year long. So teach Nest well. It’ll pay off.