How to Set Nest Thermostat to Hold Temperature in 2024

As a small business owner, getting the most out of your thermostat can make a big difference for your bottom line. The Nest Learning Thermostat‘s temperature hold feature allows you to lock in customized temperatures that keep your business comfortable while avoiding energy waste. This detailed guide will show you how to use temperature holds effectively this year.

Overview of Nest Temperature Hold

The temperature hold feature on the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) and Nest Thermostat E lets you manually override the device‘s auto-schedule and lock in a set temperature of your choosing for a set duration. This is ideal for unpredictable situations like:

  • Unusually hot or cold weather
  • Special events at your business
  • Changing business hours
  • Holidays when you‘re closed

Temperature holds provide small business owners with flexibility and control over their energy use. According to the Nest data study, small businesses can save 10-12% on their heating and cooling costs per year using temperature holds appropriately.

Instructions for Setting a Temperature Hold

Here are the step-by-step instructions for activating a temperature hold on your Nest thermostat:

Using the Nest Thermostat

  1. Wake the thermostat display with a quick rotate of the outer ring or tap.
  2. Tap the thermostat ring to bring up the menu.
  3. Select "Settings" then "Temperature Hold."

Nest temperature hold settings

  1. Use the ring or arrow buttons to set your desired hold temperature.
  2. Tap "Start" to activate the hold.

Nest start temperature hold

  1. To end the hold early, return to the "Temperature Hold" settings and select "End Hold."

Using the Nest App

  1. Open the Nest app and select your thermostat.
  2. Tap the settings cog icon.
  3. Choose "Temperature" then "Hold."
  4. Adjust the temperature using the slider.
  5. Select the duration of the hold.
  6. Tap "Done" to activate.

Nest app temperature hold

Tips for Using Temperature Hold

Here are some tips to maximize the effectiveness of temperature holds for your small business:

  • Set notifications so you don‘t forget to end the hold when needed.
  • Adjust vent direction and fan speeds to optimize heat/cooling efficiency during holds.
  • Use holds in tandem with Nest‘s auto-away and Eco temperatures when you‘re closed.
  • Compare energy usage reports with/without holds to identify savings.
  • If you need frequent holds, adjust your overall schedule in the app.
  • Ensure heating and cooling is activated before setting a hold.

Comparing Nest vs Ecobee Smart Thermostats

While the Nest Learning Thermostat pioneered smart thermostats, the Ecobee SmartThermostat is another top option for small business owners with its Alexa integration and remote sensor capabilities. See how they compare:

Nest Ecobee
Price $249 $249
Temperature Hold Yes Yes
Scheduling Auto-schedule based on habits Manual scheduling
Remote sensors No Yes, 1 included
Voice assistant Google Assistant Alexa built-in

For most small businesses, the Nest will provide reliable temperature holds and energy savings. But Ecobee may suit businesses that need granular room-by-room monitoring.

Get Your Business Comfortable and Energy Efficient

By following this guide, any small business owner can master setting temperature holds on the Nest Learning Thermostat. Maintaining customized temperatures for your changing business needs while still saving energy is easy with this smart upgrade. Let me know if you have any other questions!