Smart thermostats are increasing in popularity as more and more homeowners search for ways to reduce their energy expenses. These accessories can be programmed to conveniently adjust the temperature at home in line with your daily schedule. They also have the means to study comfort preferences over time. Subsequently, you can cut costs on your energy bills by making sure that your comfort system is only running when you need it.
Google’s smart thermostat is the Nest, and plenty of homeowners are satisfied with its features and overall efficiency. But one feature–the Seasonal Savings program–might be stirring up trouble instead of helping your HVAC system. Frequent issues are forcing homeowners to figure out how to switch off this feature. We’ll review the trouble some people are having with Seasonal Savings and offer instructions for how to opt out of the program.
Google designed the Seasonal Savings program to help homeowners enhance their energy efficiency. For the highest HVAC use in the summer and winter, it can automatically adjust the thermostat to satisfy your preferences with energy efficiency. The program is expected to run without interrupting your sense of comfort, implementing the biggest changes when you’re away or in bed. Sadly, this isn’t the case for many people taking part in the program.
In fact, there are claims that the program is contradictory and difficult to use. Homeowners are complaining that the program is really increasing their energy bills instead of lowering them. And when they decide to disable or opt out of Seasonal Savings, they’ve found the setting to do so is tough to find or outright absent. In many cases people have even discovered it being switched back on after it was disabled.
Smart thermostats are expected to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. While automatic temperature adjustments are a widespread feature in smart thermostats, it shouldn’t overrule your favored settings. If your Nest isn’t meeting your comfort preferences, disabling the Seasonal Savings program is the best move.
Homeowners are noticing that the Seasonal Savings setting was running on their Nest thermostat without their permission. Why would a smart thermostat you control ignore your settings and opt in for the program? It could be because of an energy-efficiency program you subscribed to with a utility company.
These agreements help you increase your home’s energy efficiency. They can come with rebates on new accessories or special discounts for renewable energy equipment. But lots of people are alarmed to hear they also permit your utility company remote access to the thermostat. If the power grid is under a heavy load, the utility company can control your thermostat and change the temperature. You may be having issues with the Seasonal Savings program because a utility company is making use of this remote access.
But what if the program is malfunctioning or just disregarding your preferences? Whatever the reason is, you don’t want a feature to increase your energy use without your approval. We’ll take you step-by-step through how other homeowners have disabled the Seasonal Savings program.
A number of people have experienced trouble opting out of the Seasonal Savings feature. While the location of this setting might be different depending on your specific Nest model, other users are concerned that Google is purposely making it more difficult to disable Seasonal Savings. To ensure you can opt out no matter what, we’ll list the ways other users have found success.
When Seasonal Savings is on, your Nest is supposed to display a small yellow symbol of a leaf. If your Nest is having issues and the Seasonal Savings icon is not visible, your trouble may be with a different setting entirely.
Additional settings on Nest smart thermostats besides Seasonal Savings can lead to unwanted temperature changes. If these features are active during Seasonal Savings, even shutting off the program may not prevent the thermostat from making changes. Luckily, these settings can be switched off. You’ll also have options if the problem is a third party like your power company.
There’s always the chance the Nest smart thermostat is just malfunctioning. Electrical issues or software glitches can result in all types of issues, including an aggravating Seasonal Savings program. If you believe the problem is isolated to your personal thermostat, a seasoned technician may be able to help. After all, smart thermostats remain a worthwhile investment for your home’s energy efficiency.
If you need local support for your smart thermostat in the U.S., contact the comfort experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. They can help you find out the best way to disable a stubborn Seasonal Savings program on your Nest thermostat.
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