10 Tips For Using Your New Smart Thermostat

Hisako Doose

Introduction

You’ve heard the buzz about smart thermostats, and you’re ready to make the switch. But how do you get started? This guide will walk you through all of the best features of your new thermostat and show you how they can help save energy and money while making your home more comfortable. You’ll learn how to set up your new smart thermostat, use its app, create different routines—even sync it with other devices or services!

Set Up the Thermostat

  • Install the Thermostat
  • Make sure it’s level and in a location that gets good wifi signal. The thermostat has sensors, so it will adjust itself if it isn’t level, but this can lead to problems with accuracy or efficiency. You should also make sure that there aren’t any obstructions between your thermostat and router (like thick walls) or other wireless devices like phones or tablets connected to the same network as your thermostat that could interfere with its connection.
  • Connecting via Wifi is easy once you have downloaded the app on your phone/tablet: just press “Connect Now” on screen after entering an email address for an account set up through Honeywell’s website; enter a password; select which network you want to connect from (either 2G/3G/4G); then enter some additional information about yourself such as name & gender before pressing “Next” again!

Use the App

If you’re new to smart thermostats, one of the first things you might be wondering is “how do I use this thing?” The answer is simple: install it and download the app.

The Nest app is where all of your settings will live. You can manage your account, set up different schedules for each day of the week (or even create an “away” schedule), and create rules for how your thermostat responds when certain conditions are met–for example, if it’s hot outside or if someone rings the doorbell at home.

Create Different Routines

One of the best things about a smart thermostat is that it can be programmed to do more than just maintain your home’s temperature. You can create different routines for different times of day, days of the week, seasons and even events. For example:

  • When you wake up in the morning and leave for work or school, your thermostat may automatically turn on an air purifier to clear out any dust or pollen build-up in your home.
  • When you get home from work or school at night, it could lower itself down into “sleep mode” so it doesn’t waste energy heating up an empty house when nobody is there to enjoy it–and then raise itself back up again when someone walks through the door (you’ll have this option if there are motion sensors installed).
  • If someone has an anniversary coming up soon–maybe their fifth year together? Or maybe they’re celebrating their first year as parents?–the thermostat could remind them by sending them an email with some suggestions on how best prepare themselves ahead-of-time so everything goes smoothly come party day!

Make Use of Notifications

One of the most helpful features is the ability to set up notifications. Your thermostat will send you a text message or email when something happens, like when it has been turned off and needs to be reset. It can also send a notification when your home’s temperature falls outside of a specified range (e.g., if the heat is set too high).

For example: If I’m gone all day on Saturday, I can set up my Nest so that if my wife turns off our thermostat remotely via her phone that afternoon, she’ll receive an alert from me asking her why she did so!

Monitor Your Energy Usage

The smart thermostat will give you access to data about your energy usage. This can help you make better decisions about your energy usage and ultimately save money, but it’s important that you know how the information is presented so that you don’t misinterpret it.

The first thing to understand is that the thermostat will not tell you how much money you are saving by using less electricity or gas; instead, it will show how much money was saved if all settings had been left unchanged for an additional 24 hours beyond their current value (which may differ from what actually happened). For example: If it’s currently set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and there are no pending changes in temperature settings or weather conditions within 24 hours, then when we say “you could save $2” this means “if everything stayed exactly as it is right now until tomorrow morning at 7am EST”.

This can be confusing because sometimes people think they’ll save more than they actually do based on what their smart home device shows them after setting up new devices like these ones!

Control the Thermostat From Anywhere

Smart thermostats are a great way to save money, but if you want to be able to control your thermostat from anywhere, there are some options. Here’s what you can do:

  • Use a smart home app that works with your smart thermostat. Many of these apps allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely and have other features such as Alexa integration or integration with other devices like lights and security systems.
  • Use a hub device like an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini instead of using the app on your phone directly (or alongside it). These devices have similar functionality as above but they also let you use voice commands through them so you don’t have to pull out your phone at all! Just say “Alexa” or “OK Google” followed by whatever command makes sense for what action you’d like take – such as “Turn up my living room heat by 3 degrees!”

Sync It With Other Devices and Services

The next thing you need to do is sync your thermostat with other devices and services. You can do this by connecting it to the internet, which allows it to communicate with other smart devices in your home. This could include things like doorbells, lights, speakers and even refrigerators–it’s up to you how much control over these things you want the thermostat (and therefore Alexa) to have!

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure that both Alexa and Google Assistant are enabled on all of your mobile devices before continuing with these steps. The app will not work without them being turned on first!
  • Open up the Nest app on your phone or tablet; then tap “My Home” from within its main menu screen (the one where all of these buttons appear). From here scroll down until you see a section labeled “Sync” followed immediately afterwards by another called “Connected Services.” Tap either option depending on whether or not there are any services available for syncing at this time; otherwise just skip ahead since nothing else needs doing yet anyways…

Talk to Your Thermostat with Google Home or Amazon Alexa

  • You can use your voice to control your thermostat. If you have a Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart speaker, then you can use it to adjust the temperature, turn on or off the thermostat, and more.
  • You can ask about the weather using your voice assistant too!

Be Prepared for Problems and Schedule Regular Maintenance Checks

You should also be prepared for problems. If something goes wrong with your smart thermostat, it’s important to know how to handle it.

  • Check the thermostat regularly: All of these devices come with an app that lets you do things like schedule reminders, check energy use and make changes remotely. You can also use this app to send a service request if something happens with your system–like if it stops working or starts displaying odd behavior.
  • Call your service provider if needed: If there are issues with either hardware or software that aren’t resolved by using the app’s self-help options (like restarting), call up the company who installed your new smart device and let them know what happened so they can come take a look at things in person

Smart thermostats can help you save money, stay comfortable, and live a greener lifestyle.

When you’re considering a new smart thermostat, you may be wondering if they really work. The answer is yes! In fact, many people find that their energy bills have gone down by 20{b49b303a7b364ea97526b80c05df49c778ed6cb5d57b8fb402e2f2bd6d1200d4} or more after installing one of these devices. You can also use them to make sure your home stays comfortable all year long–even when it gets hot outside or cold inside during wintertime.

Smart thermostats are also great for living a greener lifestyle because they will allow you to save water by adjusting the temperature based on how many people are in the house at any given time; this way there won’t be any wasted water from running showers or baths when no one needs them (and it’ll save money too!).

Conclusion

We hope this guide has convinced you that smart thermostats are worth it. They’re not just another gadget or gimmick–they can actually save you money, keep your house comfortable, and live a greener lifestyle. If you have any questions or concerns about using your new device, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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