One of the best ways to start your home automation expedition is by buying a Nest Thermostat. The Nest gives you more than just a way to control your home temperature – you get to save energy while you are at it. Let us see how easy it is to install the thermostat, and how to automate the savings.

Before you make an order for the thermostat, you need to find out whether it is compatible with the existing wiring in your home. You need to remove the old thermostat and check the labels to which your wiring ought to go to. You can use an online compatibility widget to do this or hire an HVAC professional to determine the compatibility for you.

Receive the Nest Thermostat Package

The package should include everything you need to install the device in your home. The components of the package should be a Nest unit, a wall plate, a Nest base, an adapter plate, screwdriver, screws, a user manual and instructions for installing the unit.


The first step is to switch off the power to all the units that the thermostat controls. Additionally, switch off the circuit that connects these devices to the circuit breaker box. Next, follow the installation guide to mount the Nest base and wall plate using the screws that came in the package. If the original screw holes are compatible with the new wall plate, use them for the new mounting. You might need a cordless screwdriver in case you need to make new holes.

Follow the wiring schematic in the manual to insert the individual wires into the terminals. Push the edge-button downwards and slide the wire into the wire gripper. After this, snap the Nest unit over the base and turn on the power and you are done. The thermostat will come to life and will display an image of a house on the console.

Setting It Up

You need to know how to navigate the screens on the console. Turning the metal edge of the unit selects an option while pressing on the bottom edge makes a choice. Here is what you are supposed to do to set up the device:

•    Select the wireless network of choice and enter your passkey.

•    After a successful connection, the unit prompts you to set the location (state and city).

•    Specify the type of heating fuel you use, which can be electric, gas, propane, geothermal heating or oil.

•    You need to come up with an energy-saving temperature that you want the unit to adjust to when you are out of the home.

Completing these steps takes you to the main screen that displays the current home temperature and the away-from-home temperature you set. You can adjust the latter by turning the dial. The display shows you clearly the difference between the two temperatures.

Monitoring Remotely

You get to monitor the heating settings from a web interface and a mobile app. Both interfaces give the current temperature and humidity readings in your home. You can also use the interfaces to change the heating schedule or know how much energy you consume over time. You can configure the unit to go low or turn up to room temperature at a particular time. You can set all this from the app or web page.


Do you own a Nest thermostat? If you don’t have one, consider it for home automation. This unit comes with cool features that help regulate heat and help you save some cash in the process. You can read an expert review on the thermostat at the Thermostat Center before you make the decision to switch from your old model.