What is Airwave?
Airwave™, an exclusive feature of the Nest Learning Thermostat, can automatically lower air-conditioning costs. Airwave only works in homes that have air-conditioning.
To understand Airwave, you need to understand your AC.
Your air conditioner is made up of two energy consuming parts: the compressor and the fan. The compressor uses a lot of electricity while the fan uses very little.
Other thermostats keep the air conditioner running until your target temperature is reached, then turn it off. They ignore the fact that the compressor coils can generate cold air for 5-10 minutes after the compressor is off.
Nest’s exclusive Airwave technology takes advantage of this fact.
How Airwave works.
Airwave turns the compressor off a few minutes before reaching your target temperature. It then runs the fan alone till it reaches the temperature you want.
What makes Airwave a Nest exclusive is its ability to learn exactly how much cooling can be done with the compressor off. Only Nest automatically shuts off your compressor at the right time to maximize your savings.
Will Airwave work in my house?
While Airwave requires the humidity level inside your home to be low, it works throughout the US - even in areas with high outdoor humidity. This is especially true if your home is relatively new and well-insulated.
When does Airwave activate?
Nest automatically turns on Airwave when interior humidity falls below a certain level. This level is calculated by Nest to be optimal for your home.
When Airwave activates you’ll see it on Nest’s display.
Can I turn Airwave off?
You can turn Airwave off in your Nest Learning Thermostat Settings.
To check the current status of Airwave on your Nest thermostat, go to SETTINGS > NEST SENSE. Look for the blue swirl. Airwave appears with a check mark (✔) next to it when it is turned on, and with a dash (–) when it is turned off.
If you select AIRWAVE from this menu, you can turn it off or back on again.
Important note: Even if Airwave is turned on in Settings, it will only activate when the relative humidity level in your home reaches a certain level.