HVAC & Utilities

Efficiency and comfort go hand-in-hand with our HVAC & Utilities category.

Explore the world of Smart Thermostats, Power, Heating, Air & Ventilation, Cooling, and Water solutions designed to optimize your home’s energy consumption and create the ideal environment.

Discover how these smart devices can help you save on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and maintain a comfortable living space.

Stay up to date with the latest trends, products, and best practices to make your smart home more sustainable and efficient.

Blinking Orange Light on a Nest Thermostat or Nest Heat Link

While not a common indicator, a blinking orange light on a Nest Thermostat (or Nest Heat Link in Europe) can be a difficult one to fix. Nest Thermostats differ significantly between the US and Europe as the HVAC systems are completely different. In the US the blinking orange light indicates low battery levels or hardware faults, while in Europe it points to…

Fixed: Nest Thermostat Blowing Cold Air On Heat or Hot Air On Cold

If you recently installed your Nest thermostat and find it annoying that the heat and cold settings are switched, don’t worry. This is a very common issue in heat pump systems that utilize a single wire to control the reversing valve. Reconfiguring it is very straightforward, so let’s talk more about how you can resolve this issue step-by-step. Troubleshoot Heat Cold Switching…

How to Program a White Rodgers, Emerson, or Sensi Thermostat

Programming a thermostat by setting up a schedule is one of the best ways to make energy savings, while also maintaining comfort in your home.  You can stick to the default schedule or create a custom one for the week based on your temperature habits and daily routine.  So in the guide below, I’ll show you step-by-step how to program your Sensi,…

10 Steps to Fix a Nest Thermostat Fan That Won’t Turn Off

A blower fan that’s running continuously is not a good sign. In most conventional HVAC systems, the fan should only stay on while actively heating or cooling and then turn off when the temperature setpoint is reached. So how can you fix a fan that won’t turn off? In the steps below, I’ll show you how.  Step 1: Try Manually Adjusting the…

How to Change the Batteries on a White Rodgers / Emerson Thermostat

Replacing the batteries regularly, or as soon as the low battery indicators show up, will help keep your White Rodgers/Emerson thermostat running smoothly. A thermostat running on low batteries can disable Wi-Fi, create automatic temperature offsets or even power down and revert to default settings. So in this guide, I’ll provide detailed instructions on how to replace the batteries in your Sensi and…

How to Turn On Aux Emergency Heat on a White Rodgers / Emerson Thermostat

The “EMER” or emergency heat setting on your thermostat will allow you to switch on the emergency heating equipment manually.  This is useful in several scenarios, especially when your heat pump or first-stage heating equipment is malfunctioning or frozen over.  So in this guide, I’ll show you how to enable this setting and how to use it effectively.  What is “EMER” or…