Why is my house so hot with Nest?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

There could be several reasons why your house is hot with Nest. Let’s explore some possible causes and solutions.

1. Improper thermostat placement: The location of your Nest thermostat plays a crucial role in accurately measuring the temperature of your home. Make sure it is installed away from direct sunlight, drafts, or heat sources like lamps or appliances. If it’s placed incorrectly, it may incorrectly sense the temperature and cause your house to be hotter than desired.

2. Incorrect temperature settings: Double-check your thermostat settings to ensure the temperature is set to your desired comfort level. Sometimes, a simple adjustment to the temperature can resolve the issue.

3. Auto-Schedule feature: The Auto-Schedule feature on your Nest thermostat learns your preferred temperatures and adjusts accordingly. However, if it hasn’t learned your preferences accurately, it may be causing your house to feel hotter than you’d like. To disable this feature, open your Nest app, go to Settings, select Auto-Schedule, and turn it off. This will prevent the thermostat from automatically adjusting the temperature based on its learning algorithm.

4. Home/Away and Eco Mode: Nest thermostats have a Home/Away feature that uses motion sensors or your smartphone’s location to determine when you’re away from home. When it detects that nobody is home, it automatically enters Eco Mode to save energy. While this is helpful for conserving energy, it may also result in your house feeling hotter when you’re actually present. To disable this feature, open your Nest app, go to Settings, select Home/Away Assist, and adjust the settings to your preference.

5. Early On feature: The Early On feature is designed to preheat or precool your home to your desired temperature before a scheduled time. While this can be convenient, it may also cause your house to feel hot if it begins heating or cooling too early. To disable this feature, open your Nest app, go to Settings, select Early-On, and turn it off.

6. Insufficient insulation or air leaks: If your house consistently feels hot with Nest, it’s possible that your home has inadequate insulation or air leaks. Poor insulation can allow hot air to enter your home, making it difficult for the thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature. Consider getting a professional inspection to identify any insulation or air leak issues and address them accordingly.

7. HVAC system issues: If none of the above solutions resolve the issue, there might be an underlying problem with your HVAC system. It’s possible that your system is not properly sized for your home, or there could be issues with the ductwork or airflow. Contact a qualified HVAC technician to inspect and service your system if necessary.

Remember, each home is unique, and these are just some possible reasons why your house may feel hot with Nest. By investigating these factors and making the necessary adjustments, you should be able to achieve a more comfortable temperature in your home.