Configuration of the Nest Smart Home Thermostat
After a few seconds of turning power back on to your A/C, the Nest should begin to boot up and you will be prompted to go through a setup wizard. You’ll need to choose your language.
Being a smart thermostat, Internet connectivity is HIGHLY recommended. With the connectivity to the cloud, you’ll receive updates to your Nest which could include both security fixes and feature enhancements. You will also have the ability to remotely control and view your heating and cooling system remotely from anywhere in the world with the Nest app for iOS and Android. You also can receive local weather information which is not only useful for displaying but can also be used so the Nest understands if its hot or cold outside.
You’ll be prompted for which network you wish to connect to, it supports both WiFi bands of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. I recommend the 2.4GHz as you really do not need the extra bandwidth that the 5GHz provides and it also does not carry the single as far as 2.4GHz. After selecting the WiFi network, you’ll be prompted for the password. The password was really easy to enter in with spinning the wheel around the alphabet with ease. You can also switch between alphabet, numeric and also special characters so you are covered since you are using a highly complex WiFi password, right?
The Nest thermostat will then attempt to connect to your WiFi network and once authenticated will reach out to the Internet to check for updates.
An update was found, so it began the download process which will take a minute or so depending on your Internet connectivity.
Once the update has been downloaded, it will take another minute or two for the update to be applied and your Nest to be restarted.
Once your Nest has restarted, the setup wizard will continue with asking you questions about your heating type.
The Nest Smart Thermostat will detect the wiring of your system and identify what is connected, mine is as shown below. Pretty smart but very easy for consumers to setup!
Now you’ll be asked how the Nest should handle the temperatures when you are away from your home. I have my heat set to 58 so that it never goes below this and for it to cool my home if it ever reaches 85.
Setup is now complete!
Here’s what the Nest looks like in cooling mode (Blue background). It’s currently 73 and will reach 72 in 35 minutes per Nest.
Now that we have our Nest Smart Learning Thermostat installed, let’s start looking at all of the configuration options and settings in-depth! Read on to the next page and we’ll do just that!