We are very excited that we had our first 2 groups of guests last weekend, and even received another review (its been 1 week and the first guest hasn’t left one so we are pretty bummed).
We did notice a trend with both groups of guests, complete disregard for energy consumption. I did realize that I am the same exact way when I stay in a hotel. I always figured that I would just keep the AC cranked even when I am not in the room because I am paying for the hotel, so why not.
I was cringing when I heard the central AC going while guests were out. At one point they were gone for about 12 hours with the AC going. I decided to get 2 nest thermostats as the guest house has 2 zones. After some annoying troubleshooting with damper wiring, etc. I got the thermostats working and I am blown away at how awesome it is that I can control both the AC and oil boiler through my phone without having to enter the building. What an amazing invention!
I really like the function of “auto away” but I had a few concerns about it and was hoping you all could give me some tips as to how you deal with this. Auto away sounds great, but different guests have different habits, and since Nest “learns”, isn’t this a useless feature for hosts? What I would like is for both nests to shut down the utilities when there is no motion in the house, but with a cap, so that if the ambient temp goes about say, 72 degrees in the summer, it will turn the AC back on regardless of no motion. Also, I don’t want the nest to turn off at night when there is no motion because I myself cannot sleep at night unless it’s ICE cold. I would hate to have my guests wake up uncomfortable in the middle of the night.