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How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

A smart thermostat manages your home’s temperature automatically , but there’s another interesting way to use it: as a motion detector. You just need a little help from IFTTT .

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How-to Geek walks you through the process of setting up an IFTTT recipe to connect your Nest thermostat with your phone so you can get a text or call when Nest detects motion.

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First, you’ll need to enable the HOME/AWAY ASSIST function from the Nest app so that when you’re home and Nest detects your motion, it will automatically set your status to HOME. From there, just connect your Nest app in IFTTT.

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How-to Geek’s Craig Lloyd went ahead and created the IFTTT recipe for this you, but it’s pretty easy to do yourself, and then you can customize it. Just set up an IFTTT trigger to text or call your phone when Nest sets to HOME. If you get a text and you’re not home, you might have a break-in on your hands. Or maybe your house is just haunted. Either way, you’ll know when something is up.

This could probably work with other smart devices that use motion detection, too. You can browse IFTTT’s many channels to see if your device is listed, then just follow the rest of the steps for setting up the recipe. Lloyd outlines them in detail at the link below.

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So if I’m understanding this correctly, we have to be using the home/away assist to use this, even though the unit detects motion normally (as can be seen when you walk up to it and the screen comes on)?

That’s a bit of a deal breaker for me. I had to disable this assist feature since my Nest in in a hallway. If I didn’t walk down the hallway in an hour or so, it sets to away, even though I’m home. I’ve had a much better experience using the geofencing for this instead.

Does IFTTT have any recipes yet for the newest Roomba with Wifi?

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How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

I’ve had the Nest Room Sensor for installed in my home for several months now and can report back that it’s been a great investment to help regulate the comfort of my home. The Nest Room Sensor acts as a remote temperature sensor that can communicate with the Nest Thermostat to help better control the temperature in individual rooms of your home.

The Nest Room Sensors launched in 2018 and work with both the Nest Thermostat Gen 3 & the Nest E Thermostat. If you have an older generation 1 or 2 nest thermostat the Nest Room Sensors will not work with your older nest thermostat.

The Nest Room sensor directly connects to your Nest Thermostat via nest’s special wifi network and remotely reports the temperature to help you manage the temperature in other rooms in your house using the Nest Room Sensor.

So if your Nest Thermostat is in your living room you could locate your Nest Room Sensor in your bedroom to monitor the temperatures are in different parts of your house, condo or apartment.

What’s even better than the Nest Room Sensors remote temperature sensing capability is that you can set your Nest Thermostat to maintain the temperature you choose at the location where the Nest Room Sensor is located, giving you exact control of the temperature of any room in your house.

If you place a Nest Room Sensor in your bedroom, you could set your Nest Thermostat to maintain 70 degrees in your bedroom, rather than 70 degrees in your living room. No house has uniform heating and cooling and the Nest Room Sensor helps to solve this problem to optimize your comfort in each room.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

The Nest Room Sensor information shows up underneath the Nest Thermostat information. You can toggle between rooms you would like to control the temperature for.

We live in a multi-floor house and every year when we change from heating to cooling or cooling to heating I adjust the floor vents and dampers in my house to make the heating system more efficient and the house more comfortable.

Heat rises, so in winter I turn down some of the vent’s upstairs because the heated air ends up making its way to the upstairs which is typically hotter than the floors below.

In the summer I open up the vents in the upstairs and close some of the downstairs vents because cold air sinks, and this seems to help balance out the heating, cooling and comfort in my home.

When I do it I typically also replace my air filters to keep the furnace running smoothly and increase its lifespan. It takes less than 10 minutes for me to do the entire home but makes a huge difference in comfort and energy efficiency

I used to continually adjust the vents in my house throughout year, but with the Nest Room Sensors I have been able to find the parts of my house that heat and cool differently and it has allowed me to more precisely dial in my heating and cooling system by opening and closing vents to get the home as close to a uniform temperature as possible.

My favorite part of using the Nest Room Sensors is using them to set the exact temperature in our master bedroom that I know I will be comfortable at. I typically sleep hot, and with our thermostat located downstairs before we had the Nest Room Sensors installed I would wake up typically to hot and rarely to cold. In the summer the master bedroom upstairs would be quite a bit hotter because it’s directly under the roof where as the living room is on the floor below meaning the AC wouldn’t kick on until the temperature was raised in the living room at which point it would feel like our master bedroom was sweltering. Now when I sleep I can set the temperature to an exact temperature in our master bedroom and it will stay there all night. It has greatly improved my comfort and quality of sleep since having the Nest Room Sensor installed.

I also have a Nest Room Sensor placed in our garage because I have hose connection in the garage and during the winter want to monitor it to make sure that it doesn’t freeze. You could use the Nest Room Temperature sensor to monitor the indoor temperature in a basement or where exterior wall plumbing is located to prevent your pipes from freezing. I have heard of people placing them under kitchen sinks in older houses with less insulation so they can monitor the temperatures to prevent pipe from bursting during extended cold spells.

On the converse you could also use a Nest Room Sensor in your attic to monitor the temperature of your attic during the summer, and when to turn on an attic ventilation system if your house is equipped with one.

How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night shivering from freezing cold temperatures.

You slowly get out of your bed, only to feel the piercing cold wood beneath your feet. Scuffling to the thermostat across the hallway, you frantically press buttons to increase the temperature.

Hearing the rumble of the heat as it turns on, you scurry back to bed, hoping that you won’t have to do it again.

Now imagine that same scenario, only this time you have a Nest thermostat.

Instead of scrambling out of bed, you simply pick up your phone from your nightstand, open the Nest app, and dial up the temperature. No cold floor — just a quick and convenient adjustment.

Convenience is just one of the benefits of owning a Nest thermostat. But, if you’re also looking for cost and energy savings, it can do that too.

What is the Nest thermostat?

The Nest thermostat is one of Google’s smart home devices designed specifically for convenience, comfort, and energy savings.

In contrast to traditional thermostats, it has the ability to regulate your home’s temperature while you’re away. That means no more panicking when you’ve forgotten to turn off the heat or air while you’re on vacation.

Instead, the Nest can sense when you’re home and can automatically turn off or regulate the temperature. This smart feature is why Nest thermostat owners have experienced up to an average of 15% in energy cost savings.

With the device’s price ranging from $170 to $250, customers report average savings between $131 to $145 per year in gas or electricity. If its cost-saving features are used, this could mean that your Nest would pay for itself in less than two years.

So, how can you get in on these savings? I’ll share three features that I leverage to not only save money but energy!

Home/Away Assist

Leaving your air or heat running while you’re away from home is one way that you can drive up your energy costs. Though it may feel great walking into a home that’s been cooled or heated all day, it’s costing you money and wasting energy.

You can optimize your Nest thermostat to combat this waste with the Home/Away Assist. This feature is designed to prevent you from unnecessarily running your heating/cooling unit while you’re not home.

When this feature is toggled on and your thermostat senses that nobody is home, it will trigger your unit to turn off or go into Eco Temperature mode — another cost-saving feature.

If you’re wondering how it knows when you’re home, the thermostat has a built-in motion sensor or it can use the GPS location on your phone.

Eco Temperature Mode

The purpose of the Eco Temperature mode is to heat or cool your home to a temperature that maximizes energy savings, thereby saving you money.

Essentially, it keeps your home at a temperature that isn’t too cold or too hot, reducing the energy and time needed to get it to your desired temperature later. Though this feature can be automatically activated when it senses that no one is home, you can also manually enable it while you’re home as well.

You have the ability to choose your temperatures from a range provided by Nest. This range takes safety into account — not allowing your home to go below 40° F (4° C).

If your home’s temperature goes above or below the eco temperatures that you’ve set, your thermostat will automatically cool or heat your home to reach it.

When deciding what you want to set your eco temperatures, consider if you have pets in the home that could be impacted by extreme temperatures. You’ll also need to take into account your home’s construction, where you live, how well your home is insulated, and your general temperature preference.

Temperature Schedule

Another way to save money with your thermostat is by taking advantage of its scheduling feature. You can manually create your schedule or have Nest automatically create one for you based on your historical preferences.

Nest’s scheduling system is different from traditional thermostats because, as mentioned earlier, it’s smart enough to go into eco mode when you’re not there. So even if you have your thermostat scheduled to heat your home at noon., if you’re not home, it will default to the eco mode or stay off if the eco mode isn’t set. When it senses that you’re home, it will resume your schedule as normal.

With the schedule, you get the benefit of being able to program your temperatures while also not running your unit unnecessarily.

You can always override your schedule by manually making changes from your app or on the thermostat itself. This is great for days when your schedule changes and may want to adjust the temperature before you get home.

A big return on investment

The Nest thermostat is a nifty smart tool that is designed to help you save money.

When you leverage all of its features, you will be able to maximize your energy cost savings and make your home’s temperature regulation a breeze.

–Fo Alexander

What other tips do you have for saving money on energy costs? Share them below.

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night shivering from freezing cold temperatures.

You slowly get out of your bed, only to feel the piercing cold wood beneath your feet. Scuffling to the thermostat across the hallway, you frantically press buttons to increase the temperature.

Hearing the rumble of the heat as it turns on, you scurry back to bed, hoping that you won’t have to do it again.

Now imagine that same scenario, only this time you have a Nest thermostat.

Instead of scrambling out of bed, you simply pick up your phone from your nightstand, open the Nest app, and dial up the temperature. No cold floor — just a quick and convenient adjustment.

Convenience is just one of the benefits of owning a Nest thermostat. But, if you’re also looking for cost and energy savings, it can do that too.

What is the Nest thermostat?

The Nest thermostat is one of Google’s smart home devices designed specifically for convenience, comfort, and energy savings.

In contrast to traditional thermostats, it has the ability to regulate your home’s temperature while you’re away. That means no more panicking when you’ve forgotten to turn off the heat or air while you’re on vacation.

Instead, the Nest can sense when you’re home and can automatically turn off or regulate the temperature. This smart feature is why Nest thermostat owners have experienced up to an average of 15% in energy cost savings.

With the device’s price ranging from $170 to $250, customers report average savings between $131 to $145 per year in gas or electricity. If its cost-saving features are used, this could mean that your Nest would pay for itself in less than two years.

So, how can you get in on these savings? I’ll share three features that I leverage to not only save money but energy!

Home/Away Assist

Leaving your air or heat running while you’re away from home is one way that you can drive up your energy costs. Though it may feel great walking into a home that’s been cooled or heated all day, it’s costing you money and wasting energy.

You can optimize your Nest thermostat to combat this waste with the Home/Away Assist. This feature is designed to prevent you from unnecessarily running your heating/cooling unit while you’re not home.

When this feature is toggled on and your thermostat senses that nobody is home, it will trigger your unit to turn off or go into Eco Temperature mode — another cost-saving feature.

If you’re wondering how it knows when you’re home, the thermostat has a built-in motion sensor or it can use the GPS location on your phone.

Eco Temperature Mode

The purpose of the Eco Temperature mode is to heat or cool your home to a temperature that maximizes energy savings, thereby saving you money.

Essentially, it keeps your home at a temperature that isn’t too cold or too hot, reducing the energy and time needed to get it to your desired temperature later. Though this feature can be automatically activated when it senses that no one is home, you can also manually enable it while you’re home as well.

You have the ability to choose your temperatures from a range provided by Nest. This range takes safety into account — not allowing your home to go below 40° F (4° C).

If your home’s temperature goes above or below the eco temperatures that you’ve set, your thermostat will automatically cool or heat your home to reach it.

When deciding what you want to set your eco temperatures, consider if you have pets in the home that could be impacted by extreme temperatures. You’ll also need to take into account your home’s construction, where you live, how well your home is insulated, and your general temperature preference.

Temperature Schedule

Another way to save money with your thermostat is by taking advantage of its scheduling feature. You can manually create your schedule or have Nest automatically create one for you based on your historical preferences.

Nest’s scheduling system is different from traditional thermostats because, as mentioned earlier, it’s smart enough to go into eco mode when you’re not there. So even if you have your thermostat scheduled to heat your home at noon., if you’re not home, it will default to the eco mode or stay off if the eco mode isn’t set. When it senses that you’re home, it will resume your schedule as normal.

With the schedule, you get the benefit of being able to program your temperatures while also not running your unit unnecessarily.

You can always override your schedule by manually making changes from your app or on the thermostat itself. This is great for days when your schedule changes and may want to adjust the temperature before you get home.

A big return on investment

The Nest thermostat is a nifty smart tool that is designed to help you save money.

When you leverage all of its features, you will be able to maximize your energy cost savings and make your home’s temperature regulation a breeze.

–Fo Alexander

What other tips do you have for saving money on energy costs? Share them below.

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How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

The Nest Thermostat is pretty cool (no pun intended). This sleek smart thermostat learns your temperature preferences and then adjusts your thermostat to heat or cool your home accordingly, while helping you save energy and money in the process.

While that’s impressive on its own, the Nest can do even more. With integrated into IFTTT thermostat recipes, Nest owners can get more out of their Nest Thermostat by pairing their device with other IoT devices and services.

What is IFTTT, anyway?

IFTTT (which stands for If This, Then That) is a service that connects two devices or services to create special recipes—known as “applets”—to trigger specific actions. In this way, you can extend the functionality of your devices.

There are a number of IFTTT Nest Thermostat recipes that can help you enjoy greater control, convenience, and comfort.

For instance, with IFTTT recipes, your Nest Thermostat can adjust to specific settings based on external factors, such as increases or decreases in the temperature outside.

IFTTT Nest Thermostat Recipes

Here are some of the best IFFTTT Nest recipes:

Set the temperature on your Nest thermostat when you’re close to home

Have you ever walked into your home after a long day at work and it’s burning up or freezing cold? While it’s good to save energy while you’re away, with this IFTTT thermostat recipe, you can set the temperature on your Nest as you get closer to home—so you can save money and be comfortable.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Your location (accessed via your smartphone)

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Get a notification when your temperature rises above a certain temperature

Don’t wait until it’s uncomfortably warm to adjust your temperature. Use this applet when your temperature rises above a certain temperature and you’ll be notified on your smart phone whenever things are getting a little too hot.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Notifications

Turn off your lights when your Nest Thermostat is set to Away mode

If your smart home also has Hue lighting, with this recipe your lights will automatically turn off when your Nest is in “Away” mode. This is a good way to save additional energy in the house.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Philips Hue smart lighting

Automatically set a specific temperature at the same time every day

Are you a creature of habit? If you know you prefer to wake up to a warmer temperature, or you like to go to bed in a cool room, you can use this recipe to set your temperature to a specific temperature at the same time every day.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Date & Time

Get a mobile notification when your Nest detects motion

For added security, your Nest Thermostat can also double as a motion sensor in your home. You’ll get a notification on your smartphone when your Nest Thermostat detects motion with this IFTTT applet.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Notifications

Track high temperatures in a Google spreadsheet

This popular recipe automatically creates a log in a Google spreadsheet whenever your Nest goes above a certain temperature. It’s useful for tracking energy usage in your home and can help you identify patterns.

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Google Sheets

Tell Google Assistant to adjust your thermostat to a certain temperature

Hands-free control of your thermostat makes life so much easier! If it’s feeling a bit too cold or warm in your house, you can use your Google Assistant-enabled device to set your Nest Thermostat to a specific temperature by saying, “Hey Google. “

Services Used:

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Google Assistant
  • Google Sheets
  • Notifications

Automatically lower your temperature inside when it gets hotter outside

With this recipe, your Nest will automatically adjust your home to a changing temperatures as the temperature outside rises or drops. This is particularly helpful during the spring and fall, when it can be chilly in the morning and blazing hot by afternoon.

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Weather Underground

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How to use your nest thermostat as a motion detector

Smart devices are making it easier than ever for homeowners to control the efficiency of their home, and Nest thermostats are no different. The Nest thermostat uses your home’s internet and powerful sensors to provide users with advanced smart heating and cooling control features. But do these features go away in the event Nest is disconnected?

The Nest thermostat can work without an internet or Wi-Fi connection. Users may be limited in their access to its smart and remote features but will still be able to control their home temperature like a traditional thermostat by toggling the small screen on their Nest thermostat.

In this article, you’ll learn more about what happens to your Nest when it is disconnected from Wi-Fi or the internet, as well as what you can do to get things back online.

What Happens to Nest When the Internet Goes Out?

While it’s recommended that you connect your Nest thermostat to a Wi-Fi internet connection to take advantage of its unique features, Nest can still function in the absence of one.

Without a Wi-Fi internet connection, your Nest Thermostat will only function as a traditional thermostat. You can still manually control your HVAC systems using the interface on your thermostat.

Most Nest thermostats will work with your existing settings and schedules you implement even without an internet connection. However, using your Nest thermostat without the internet does mean that you will not be able to access its remote control feature or use its Nest algorithm that helps you save energy.

You’ll also no longer have access to security updates or live updates and will not be able to connect Nest with the mobile app.

What Features Are Still Available without Internet?

As previously mentioned, once your internet goes out, your Nest Thermostat will continue to function as a traditional thermostat, but it may not be as efficient as it would be with an internet connection.

Below are some of the Nest features that can still be available without internet:

Scheduling

If your Nest thermostat is without internet, you will still be able to schedule your home’s temperatures. While you will be unable to do this remotely or through the Nest mobile app, you should be able to set it via the dial-in interface of your thermostat.

Check History

You will still be able to access your thermostat history, which allows you to view your home cooling and heating patterns over the last three months. This makes it easy for you to evaluate why your energy bill is high and which temperature setting works best in saving you money on energy.

Nest Eco

Even without Wi-Fi, you will still be able to access the Nest Leaf feature on your thermostat. The Nest thermostat displays a green or yellow leaf when you choose an energy-efficient temperature for your home; this teaches you to learn how to create energy-saving strategies for the long run.

However, note that with the Nest Leaf feature, it has more accurate reports when connected to internet.

Nest Temperature Sensor

You can use your Nest temperature sensor even without a readily available Wi-Fi connection. A Nest temperature sensor enables your Nest thermostat to program different temperature profiles for each of your rooms at different times of the day.

How to Reconnect Nest to Internet

There are several reasons why your Nest may no longer be connected to the internet besides power outages. Before resetting your internet connection, try troubleshooting with these tips:

  • Check the Nest service status to see if it is active or down. If the Nest service is down, your thermostat will be offline until the service resumes. Most of the time, you will see the message “The Nest service is unavailable at this time” in the Nest mobile app.
  • Review the battery level of your thermostat to confirm its status. Most recent models of the Nest thermostat will automatically disconnect from your home Wi-Fi once the battery is low.
  • Confirm that your Wi-Fi internet connection is active and working, and working at the appropriate speeds to support the device. You can try connecting to another smart device in your home using your Wi-Fi network and not cellular data.
  • You can also try restarting your router. Restarting your Wi-Fi router connection will help you reset your internet connection. You can restart your router by disconnecting your modem and reconnecting it after 30 seconds.

Reconnecting your Nest thermostat is easy. If your Nest becomes disconnected from your Wi-Fi for any reason, try the following steps to reconnect it:

  1. If you want to reconnect your Nest to the internet, you will need to do it in-person; this means that you will need to access the Nest thermostat physically. You won’t be able to reconnect it remotely (via the Nest mobile app).
  2. You will need to restart your Nest thermostat to refresh your Nest wireless connection. To restart your Nest thermostat, Press the thermostat ring to bring up the Quick View menu > Settings > Reset > Restart > Turn the ring until you can select Ok.
  3. Finally, reconnect your thermostat to your home Wi-Fi. To reconnect your thermostat to an internet connection, go to Settings > scroll down to Network > select your Wi-Fi network name > input your dedicated password.
  4. Your Nest thermostat should now be reconnected to your Wi-Fi and ready to be controlled via the Nest mobile app.

Reconnecting your Nest thermostat to your Wi-Fi or internet system is as simple as that. For more detailed information on reconnecting your Nest thermostat, consult your Nest manual or reach out to the Nest customer support team for further assistance.

Conclusion

Without internet, the Nest thermostat loses most of its smart features and continues to function like a standard thermostat. So, in the event you have a power outage or dropped internet signal, there’s no need to worry; you can still control the basic functions of your Nest. However, when possible, follow the above steps to reconnect your device to regain access to all the features the device has to offer.

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The Nest Thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that can optimize usage of heating and cooling systems using weather information and local sensor data. This device can also be controlled remotely so you can do cool things like set the house to heat / cool while on a drive home from work. The device is a bit of a black box though, and uses some underlying machine learning mechanisms (from what I hear anyway) to create a model of your particular usage habits and tries to determeine whether you are home or not.

The problem is that the Nest does not always determine home / away properly. For example, I have two Nest units controlling two HVAC units at home (one upstairs which controls the left-side of my house and another downstairs which controls the right-side). Oftentimes, I find myself working in my upstairs office (located on the right-side of the house) and the AC shuts off due to thinking I am away from the house. This is a problem and often involves manually firing off the Nest controller via the mobile / web application or running out of the office and tripping the motion sensor on one of my other Nest Devices.

The Nest is a Wi-Fi enabled device, so why not just tell it when you are home using motion sensing or something similar? Nest is aware of this issue and sells a motion sensor and an additive monitoring thermostat for controlling temperatures in rooms outside of the Nest controller location. These sensors are really expensive and they are only compatible with the Nest v3 thermostats (many of us have v2 models). The Nest v2 has enabled Wi-Fi, so you would think a Wi-Fi based device would exist to solve this issue, but it doesn’t.

All we really need is a method of informing the Nest that we are home using some form of hardware based trigger (PIR motion / reed switch / something more sophisticated). One would think that If This Then That would support this feature with their Nest integration, but there is nothing specific to setting the Home / Away status of the Nest at this time. That’s not a deal-breaker, we can just roll our own.

To create our own mechanism for updating the Nest Home / Away status we need only a few ingredients:

  • A valid Oauth Token to allow us to make API requests to update Home / Away status through Nest’s developer API
  • A device which can detect presence and send an event to trigger this API call. We will use a Particle Core / Photon and a PIR motion sensor along with an integration to forward messages to an Azure IoT Hub.
  • A Service to make the actual call to the Nest API. We will use a serverless Azure function to make the call to the Nest API which will be triggered when events arrive through the aforementioned Azure IoT Hub.

A diagram outlining the overall architecture is provided below:

  • Moving used to only involve relocating your physical belongings. Couches, tables, and lamps all got packed up and sent to your new house. But in today’s high-tech world, what do you do when it comes to moving your smart home goods?

    For home automation systems like Nest thermostats, smoke alarms, or security cameras, the moving process takes more than just unplugging and packing them up — there are software systems and personal accounts that need to be reconfigured before they can operate at your new residence. Follow these helpful steps to ensure you properly install or transfer all your Nest products during your move.

    Transferring Nest Devices

    If your new location doesn’t have any smart devices, has a different brand of smart device, or doesn’t have as many Nest devices as you’d like, you may want to transfer some (or all) of your old Nest products over.

    To get started, you’ll need to remove any existing products from the home to replace them with your Nest devices. If you’re renting your home, make sure you’ve spoken with the landlord and maintenance staff about how to handle the switch. They’ll be able to direct you in properly removing and storing the previous products.

    After that’s taken care of, installing your Nest devices will be easy — just follow the set-up videos provided on the support website. The smoke detector and camera systems shouldn’t give you any trouble, but the thermostat may take a little more know-how to set up.

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    Note: If you don’t feel confident installing any of these systems yourself, get in touch with Nest-trained installation professionals in your area.

    Adding and Removing Homes from Your Nest Account

    With your devices all installed, you’ll next want to add your new home to your Nest account. Nest systems require that you have two homes on your account before you can remove one, so you’ll have to add the new location to your account before removing your old address.

    To add a home, open up the Nest app on your laptop or mobile device. Go to the menu button on your home account screen and click the “Add” icon in the upper right corner. The software will walk you through setting up the address of your current home.

    Once this is complete, you can remove your old home. Simply go back to the home screen and use the menu icon to choose the previous location. Click on the settings button and choose the “Home Info” tab. Then, select “Remove Home.” This option will only appear on the screen if you have more than one location on your account.

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    Note: It is important to understand that when you delete the old location from your account, you are also deleting all the systems that have been created at that address. You will need to re-enter all the information if you decide to use your existing smart devices at your new home.

    Connecting Nest Accounts to Installed Systems

    When you’ve got your devices all set up — or if you’ve moved to a home that had built-in Nest devices — and you’ve added your new location, you’ll need to reconnect your products to your Nest account.

    To do this, go to the menu icon on the top left corner of the screen and locate the new address. Click on the settings icon and then find the “Add Product” bar. While the Nest Protect and Nest Cam both use a QR scanner to connect, the Nest Thermostat requires you to enter an entry key that shows up on the screen of the thermostat. Once you’ve scanned or entered the identifying codes, the Nest app will take you through a few easy steps for each product to get you quickly connected in your new home.

    Note: Before you start adding devices to your account, make sure that you’ve set up the Wi-Fi connection in your home. As with any Internet of Things (IoT) device, you won’t get far without the Internet.

    And if you need it, we can help get internet installed in your new home, too!

    Photos courtesy of Nest Press Page.