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How to switch between heating and cooling:

If you have both heating and cooling, you will see four modes on your thermostat: Heat, Cool, Heat + Cool, and Off.

Your Nest thermostat can automatically switch to Eco Temperatures after it senses that nobody’s home to help save energy. You can also manually set your thermostat to Eco Temperatures anytime, even when you’re home. You’ll know Eco Temperatures are active when you see Eco on your thermostat and in the Nest app.

Your Nest thermostat gives you a temperature range that you can select from when you set an Eco Temperature. The Eco Temperature ranges you can choose from are large: 40-70°F (4-21°C) for heating mode and 76-90°F (24 – 32°C) for cooling mode. Factors like home construction, local climates, heating and cooling system performance, and your personal comfort preference can vary widely. So we let you choose what you prefer and don’t make specific Eco Temperature recommendations, but you’ll find some general guidelines below to help you choose what’s right for your home.

Quick tips:

– To maximize energy savings, choose a lower Heat to or a higher Cool to Eco Temperature. You’ll see the Nest Leaf next to temperatures that will typically save more energy, but you may not be as comfortable.

– If you’re concerned about comfort, choose a Heat to temperature that’s a little higher and a Cool to that’s a little lower. You may not see a Nest Leaf next to the temperature you choose, but you’ll keep your home closer to your preferred temperature and you still may save some energy.

– If you choose Off for either the Heat to or Cool to temperature, your system won’t turn on at all when your thermostat is set to Eco unless your home gets very cold.

– It’s important to set Eco Temperatures to a level that helps save energy, while making sure that things in your home (people, pets and plants) will be comfortable with the temperature you select.

– Finding an Eco Temperature that’s right for you will take some experimentation, but you can always change the setting if you’re uncomfortable or if you’re not saving as much energy as you like.

Look for the Leaf:

When you’re choosing an Eco Temperature, you’ll get some guidance from the app or your thermostat, depending on which one you’re using to set it. The Nest Leaf will appear to let you know you’ve chosen a temperature that can help save energy. The Leaf is only a general guide, so you may save energy even if you choose an Eco Temperature that doesn’t have a Leaf.

More help for choosing a temperature:

Asking a few questions can help you figure out a good Eco Temperature to start with:

What temperature did you set your old thermostat to?

If you want to emphasize your comfort over energy savings, try a Heat to Eco Temperature a few degrees lower, or a Cool to temperature a few degrees higher than what you typically left your old thermostat set to most of the time.

If you ever changed your old thermostat’s temperature to save energy, what did you set it to?

If you want to try balancing energy savings and comfort, and you:

– had a programmed schedule for your old thermostat

– manually changed the temperature when you left home

Try selecting a slightly lower heating temperature (or higher cooling temperature) than what you set your old thermostat to to save energy. Since your Nest thermostat will only automatically switch to the Eco Temperature when your home is unoccupied, you may not notice the temperature difference.

What do you think are the lowest or highest temperatures that you would be OK with?

If you really want to focus on saving energy, try setting your Heat to or Cool to Eco Temperatures a bit more aggressively, but don’t go beyond what you feel will be comfortable for you, other people, and your pets.

Example for choosing an Eco Temperature

Let’s say you have a heating-only system and like the temperature at 70°F (21°C) when you’re home. You decide to pick 62°F (16.5°C) as an Eco Temperature to start. An 8 degree difference may seem large, but you know your home is well insulated and your system heats your home fairly quickly. So you can try to save more energy while still remaining pretty comfortable.

On the other hand, if your home isn’t well insulated and your system is slow to heat it, you might decide on 65°F (18°C) instead. Being less aggressive on Eco Temperature energy savings can keep you more comfortable since your home should take less time to reach your preferred temperature after your thermostat switches out of Eco.

Change it if you don’t like it

Check your monthly Nest Home Report to see how much energy you’re using. If the Eco Temperature you selected isn’t saving as much energy as you would like, or if your home takes too long to get comfortable when you get home, simply change the Eco Temperature with your thermostat or the app.

Heat, Cool, and Heat + Cool schedules:

Heat, Cool and Heat•Cool all have their own separate schedules. Your Nest thermostat’s Auto-Schedule feature will learn your preferred temperatures and add them to the schedule for the mode it’s in. If you want, you can also change each temperature mode’s schedule.

Auto Schedule:

The Nest Thermostat starts learning from you right away. It uses advanced sensors and algorithms to create a custom temperature schedule that saves energy and keeps you comfortable. We call this Auto-Schedule. Here’s how it works.

With Auto-Schedule, you don’t have to manually program the Nest Thermostat to save energy. Simply change the temperature to get comfortable whenever you like with the Nest app or on the thermostat itself, and it will learn from your preferences over time. To teach your Nest Thermostat to save energy, teach it good habits: turn it down before you go to bed, before you leave the house, or any time you would turn down a regular thermostat to save energy. Auto-Schedule will quickly learn your changes and add them to your schedule so you won’t need to make them every day. You can see the results of teaching it good habits in Energy History and in the monthly Energy Report email.

How Auto-Schedule works:

After your Nest Learning Thermostat has been installed, it will default to a temperature of 68ºF/20ºC for heating and 75ºF/24ºC for cooling. The Nest Thermostat will hold these defaults until you change the temperature. The first day, the Nest Thermostat will hold the temperature you choose unless you change it, just like a regular manual thermostat.

After midnight, the Nest Thermostat will add the changes you made the first day to your schedule. So if you installed your Nest Thermostat at 5pm in the afternoon, turned the heat on to 70ºF/21ºC and then turned it down to 68ºF/20ºC before bed at 9pm, the next day your Nest Thermostat will change the temperature to 70ºF/21ºC at 5pm and 68ºF/20ºC at 9pm.

No matter what, when you change the temperature, the Nest Thermostat will keep that temperature until the next scheduled temperature change – or until you manually change it again with the thermostat ring or with the Nest app.

After a few days, your Nest Thermostat will have learned your basic personal schedule. You’ll have taught it what temperatures you like when you wake up, when you go to work, when you relax around the house.

Note: To see or change the Nest Thermostat learned schedule, go to SCHEDULE in the Nest Thermostat menu. You can also change the schedule in the Nest app.

Once the Nest Thermostat has learned your basic schedule, it will learn from a pattern of similar changes, the more similar changes you make, the more quickly the change will be made to your schedule.

The Nest Thermostat learns weekdays and weekend days differently, knowing that your schedule on Saturday or Sunday is likely to be different than your schedule during the week. So similar changes on Saturday will only affect Saturdays, but make a similar change on Saturday and Sunday, and your thermostat will learn that this change applies to both weekend days.

– Turn it to a similar temperature at about the same time during weekdays to learn a weekday change.

– Turn it to a similar temperature at about the same time on the same day (such as two Mondays in a row) to learn a specific day change.

– Turn it to a similar temperature on both Saturday and Sunday to learn that change for the weekend.

– Turn it to a similar temperature on both a weekday and a weekend day (such as Friday and Saturday) to learn that change for the entire week.

Changing temperature mode schedules manually:

Nest Thermostats have a different schedule for each temperature mode of the thermostat. So if you have heating and cooling, your thermostat has one schedule for Heat, one for Cool, and another for Heat + Cool.

Nest Thermostat schedules follow two simple rules:

– Target temperatures can be set on the hour or at 15-minute intervals — like at 7:00, 3:30, or 12:45.

– Adjacent temperatures must be at least 60 minutes apart.

You can view and edit your current heating and cooling schedules on your Nest Thermostat or with the Nest app.

Once your Nest thermostat has experienced one heating and one cooling season in your home, it will remember what you like for each season. If you don’t like the schedule, you can always reset the schedule that your thermostat learned last heating or cooling season.

Switching between thermostat modes:

On the Nest thermostat:

– Press the thermostat ring to open the Quick View menu.

– Select a new mode:

Nest Learning Thermostat:

Turn the ring to Thermostat and press to select, then turn to select a mode.

Nest Thermostat E: Turn the ring to select a mode. Press the ring to confirm.

Note: You can also switch between heating and cooling simply by turning the temperature while heating all the way down, or all the way up when cooling. You’ll see “Press to cool” or “Press to heat” appear on the thermostat screen.


With the Nest app:

Select the thermostat you’d like to control on the app home screen.

– Tap the Thermostat icon in the lower left corner.

– Choose the new mode for your thermostat.

Keep in mind that when you switch modes on your thermostat, the schedule will also switch to the mode that it’s in.

For example: If your thermostat is heating, it will use your heating schedule. If you switch to cooling, you’ll see your cooling schedule instead. If it’s the first time you’ve switched to a new mode, you may see a completely blank schedule if your thermostat hasn’t learned any temperatures for that mode yet.