As a personal Nest thermostat user I know how convenient it is to have this option picked as your first one. I can control the temperature needs through Alexa, the AI built-in technology knows about my temperature needs and it goes well with all other smart products present in my home.
In addition to this, I don’t even have to worry about the charging. My Nest thermostat charges itself by using the cooling and heating system wires. All the things about Nest is great! But there are some important facts that need to be known by every Nest owner so they can also get maximum benefit from their thermostats as well.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU CHARGE A NEST THERMOSTAT?
The lifespan of your thermostat depends entirely on the battery life. So your main focus should be the thermostat backup batteries. Make sure you charge the thermostat by following the mentioned charging time. If you over charge it then it will lose its efficiency pretty soon. These small things need to be taken care of if you want your device to live longer.
ROLE OF USB PORT:
What if the HVAC system stops its power supply to your thermostat? As mentioned above, we know that the thermostat does its charging by grasping power from the system wires. Well, if your HVAC system isn’t providing sufficient power then you can always choose USB port as your second option.
Yes, you heard it right! If you want to charge your Nest using a USB port then you can always do this by following the below mentioned steps.
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
STEP 1 – Remove the display of your Nest
STEP 2 – At the back of your thermostat you will see a USB port
STEP 3 – Connect the thermostat to the USB port after taking it off its installation point
STEP 4 – If you witness a blinking light then it means your thermostat has started charging
COMPATIBLE USB PORTS:
There are different USB ports for each thermostat model. Suppose if you have an early version of thermostat then it is more likely that it will show compatibility with a mini-USB connector. All the models above first generation (i.e. Nest learning, Nest thermostat E, 2nd and 3rd generation) shows compatibility with a micro-USB port.
HOW LONG TO CHARGE NEST THERMOSTAT – AFTER AN OUTAGE:
Chances are that your area has recently experienced a power outage. It is a known fact that your thermostat uses power from its backup batteries if the HVAC system fails to provide necessary power to it. But unfortunately, it will only work for a shorter period of time. If you have come across a situation like this then you would know how to recover from this damage.
If Nest starts running on low power then it will only provide basic functionalities and will become an ordinary thermostat. But when it has received enough power then it will perform to its full capacity. Normally it takes an hour to get your thermostat charged after a power outage.
WHY IS NEST USING MORE POWER THAN IT CAN CHARGE?
You might come across a situation where you will notice that your thermostat is using way more power. It means that the battery is draining pretty much faster than the thermostat can charge. It is a very prominent change which you sure will experience at every cost. Common reasons for this problem could be insufficient power supply, Wi-Fi connection and faulty display.
KEEP THE WI-FI DISCONNECTED:
If your Wi-Fi is out of range then your thermostat will keep on searching for it or other networks constantly. This constant searching will drain its battery faster than you can imagine. So if the Wi-Fi is out of range, it is better to keep the Wi-Fi off. You could also connect it to a network which is within the required range.
LOOK FOR THE CONNECTION WIRES:
The connection wires play a very important role in the battery consumption of your thermostat. If the wires are not connected properly then you sure will experience a faster battery drain. These improperly connected wires will cause your system to not receive enough power resulting in a faster drain. The troubling connection wires can also cause your thermostat to turn OFF by itself and start showing low battery warnings.
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR FIX:
If you want to solve the above issue then follow the below mentioned steps.
STEP 1 – Turn OFF the main power source of your thermostat
STEP 2 – Make sure you remove the display
STEP 3 – Check for the wires that whether they are properly inserted and positioned
STEP 4 – The inserted wires should have an exposure of 1/3 or 1 inch
STEP 5 – Put back the display and restart the thermostat
INSTALL A C-WIRE ADAPTER:
The best option to consider would be installing a C-wire adapter. Installing a C-wire or common wire adapter is good enough because it ensures that your thermostat is receiving enough electricity. Most of the Nest models lack this adapter but the good news is that you can always install this manually on your own!
Other troubling problems will also go away if you install C-wire adapter. If you don’t have sufficient knowledge about this then you can contact an expert for this cause.
IS MY NEST CHARGING?
There are multiple ways using which you can tell whether your thermostat is charging or not.
- If the display of your thermostat is glowing then it means your Nest is currently charging
- Check for the battery level using the Home app. If you see a variation in the battery then it means the Nest is being charged
- Your Nest stopped making beeping sound is also an indication that it is currently being charged
NEST ENERGY SAVING OPTIONS:
As talked before, we know that Nest is a smart thermostat which means that it will carry all the responsibility and you will be tension-free. It will learn about your temperature preferences and other stuff and will prepare a pattern for you. According to that pattern, a list of options will be presented to you so that you can maximize your use using Nest.
ENERGY SAVING WAYS:
Your Nest is capable to remember all the data that you have entered currently. Based on that entered data it will do some self-programming to handle the changes. This will prevent you from manually adjusting the temperature every time.
This is an incredible feature that Nest has to offer to its users. By using your GPS location the thermostat will determine whether you are at home or not. If you are not present at your home then it will switch OFF itself in order to save energy.
UNEXPECTED WEATHER CHANGE TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT:
If you think that Nest is only responsible for keeping the record of indoor temperature then you are wrong. It also considers outdoor temperature and adjusts the indoor temperature according to that. If you live in an area where there are unexpected weather changes then this function will prove to be super beneficial for you.
Nest leaf is not an actual leaf but an indication of showing that the thermostat is currently in the energy-saving mode. By enabling this setting, the thermostat will keep on showing you the options which will help you to conserve the energy in the best possible way.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q – How Long Does It Take To Charge Nest Thermostat?
A – If the battery of your thermostat is fully drained then it will take approximately 2 hours otherwise 30 minutes would be sufficient.
Q – Does Nest Thermostat Need To Be Charged?
A – Yes, Nest thermostat need to be charged under on condition i.e. if the HVAC system is incapable to provide sufficient power to the thermostat.
Q – How Long To Charge A Nest thermostat?
A – You should charge Nest by keeping in mind the activity status of it. If you are constantly using it then the battery will be fully drained and will take 2 hours to recharge. Otherwise it will take just 30 minutes.