Nest thermostat is, without a doubt, one of the best investments you can make for your home. This thermostat helps you control the temperatures in your home from anywhere while also helping you cut back on energy costs. However, sometimes, Nest can be too smart for its own good. You may have noticed it keeps going into eco mode. How do you stop it from doing this?

You can stop Nest from going into eco mode by disabling automatic switching to eco temperatures. This option is available on the Nest app at the top of the Home/Away assist page.

Nest thermostats switch to eco temperatures when they sense that no one is home, then go back to cooling and heating when you’re home. However, sometimes, you may want to keep the thermostat functioning as usual without going into eco mode. This article guides you through the entire process of disabling eco mode and how to make the most of this feature. 

Why Does My Nest Keep Switching to Eco?

Eco temperatures are designated temperatures designed to cool and heat your home to make it more comfortable while reducing your energy costs. One of the biggest selling points of Nest thermostats is that they can help you lower your energy costs.  Eco temperatures are the top reason why these savings are possible.

As a result, the Home/Away mode is always enabled on the Nest app. Consequently, the thermostat can sense when you’re not home and switch to eco mode.  These temperatures range between 40-70°F for heating and 76-90°F for cooling. Nest gives you a lot of wiggle room for these temperatures because a lot goes into deciding which temperatures you desire.

Lower temperatures for heating and higher temperatures for cooling help you cut back on energy costs the most.  Therefore, when eco mode is enabled on your device, it will only kickstart your heater or air conditioner when the temperatures go below the heating temperature or higher than the cooling temperature set. 

How to Stop Nest from Going Into Eco Mode

Nest thermostats automatically switch to eco mode when they sense that nobody is home. This way, you’re not using unnecessary energy cooling or heating your home when you don’t need it. You can also manually set your thermostat to eco mode using the Nest app or Google Assistant.

But if you don’t want your thermostat to perform this automatic switch, you can disable the feature. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to your Nest app home screen and select your Nest thermostat. 
  • Tap on the Nest settings icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select Home/Away Assist.
  • At the top of the screen, you can disable automatic switching to Eco Temperatures.
  • You can also select if your thermostat will use Eco Temperatures while you’re home or away.

Once you’ve disabled automatic switching, you’ll no longer have the problem of your thermostat going into eco mode without your approval. If you want to go into eco mode while you’re away or at home, you’ll have to do it manually. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Open your Google Home app
  • Locate your thermostat and tap on it
  • Go to settings
  • Tap preset
  • Go to Eco

Once you’ve followed these steps, eco mode will be activated, and your normal schedule will resume when the temperature is next scheduled to change.

Alternatively, you can use Google Assistant or the Home app to make temperature adjustments when you’re at home with ease. 

Source: Google Support

Should You Use Eco Mode On Nest?

The primary reason for having the eco mode feature on Nest thermostats is to save on energy costs. As we’ve mentioned, Nest senses when no one is home and switches to eco temperatures to save energy. But are the savings worth it? Should you allow your thermostat to go into eco mode automatically?

The answer depends on individual circumstances. Some people find that the savings are not worth it and prefer to run the thermostat without eco mode. Others prefer the automatic switch to cut back on costs when they’re away.

Therefore, take the time to analyze your thermostat and compare energy bills over a period of time to find out if the setting counts or not.

Wrapping Up

If you were wondering how to stop Nest from going into eco mode, now you know how to go about it. All you have to do is access the Home/Away settings through the Nest app and turn automatically switching off. Afterwards, you’ll have to switch to eco mode manually when you need the feature. You can do this through Google Assistant or the Nest app.

However, if you’re not sure whether turning automatic switching to eco mode off is a good idea, consider analyzing your energy bills to find out if the feature is beneficial to you or not.