Using Nest products in an office or a small business

Nest products are designed to be used in homes, but they can generally be used in small offices or businesses with some exceptions. If you install a Nest product, make sure that you remain in full compliance with local building and safety codes for commercial properties.

Using a Nest thermostat in your business

Google Nest thermostats can be easily set up to work seamlessly in an office or business that has a compatible heating or cooling system. You can use our compatibility tool to help determine if you can install a Nest thermostat in your business.

During Nest thermostat setup, you’ll choose what type of building you’re installing it in: an apartment or condo, single-family or multi-family home, or a business. After setup, simply set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature during business hours and turn it down at the end of the work day. It will learn what temperatures you prefer during the day to keep you and your customers comfortable.

Eco Temperatures can help save when you're open

It can be hard to save energy in a business where people are in and out all day. However, Eco Temperatures can help save energy when your business is unexpectedly empty – for offsite meetings or an extended lunch break. If there’s a reason that you don’t want Eco Temperatures to go into effect during the business day, you can simply switch them off with the app or the thermostat.

Learn about Eco Temperatures and how to change settings >

Eco Temperatures will help save when you're closed too

Because business needs are different, the Nest thermostat will behave a bit differently at night and automatically switch to Eco Temperatures when your business is empty after closing. When it’s set up for home installation, the Nest thermostat typically won’t switch to Eco Temperatures at night because you and your family may be asleep.

Lock your thermostat to prevent unwanted changes

You can limit what employees or curious customers can change on your thermostat with the lock feature. When you lock your Nest thermostat the temperature can only be changed within a custom range, so it won’t get too hot or cold inside. No other features are accessible, but your thermostat will still follow its regular temperature schedule, automatically switch to Eco Temperatures when appropriate, and otherwise work as normal.

Only people who know the PIN to unlock the thermostat will be able to adjust the temperature beyond the set range or change the thermostat’s settings.

How to lock and unlock the Nest thermostat >

Monitor your business while you're gone

You can also use the Nest app to monitor your business. For instance, you can use the Nest app to check that your store is staying warm enough while you’re out and change the temperature if needed.

How to control your thermostat with the Nest app >

Using Nest Cam and Nest Hello in your business

Both Indoor and Outdoor versions of Google Nest Cam and Google Nest Hello can be easily installed and used in your office or business. However, you may want to adjust the settings a bit differently than you would for a camera in your home. For instance, to keep an eye on your business 24/7 you’ll need to disable Home/Away Assist switching for your camera so it stays on while you’re at work and after you leave.

How to change Home/Away Assist settings >

You may also want to share access to the video stream with additional employees, such as a manager or partner so they can keep an eye on the business too. You can also share a Nest camera video stream publicly on your web page. For instance, if you own a restaurant customers can see how long the line is, if there are tables available, what the weather is like, and more.

How to share your camera’s video stream with other people or make it private >

Our safety and privacy guidelines are available here and our tips for respecting the privacy of others when using Nest Products are here.

Remember to always check that your use of a camera is in compliance with local regulations.

Using Nest Protect in your business

You may be able to install and use Google Nest Protect in your business as long as you’re in full compliance with local building and fire safety codes. But there are some restrictions because Nest Protect is designed to detect smoke and carbon monoxide in a residential environment.

Using Nest Protect alone is not a suitable substitute for complete fire detection systems in warehouses, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and special-purpose nonresidential buildings which require special fire detection and alarm systems. However, depending on the building codes in your area, Nest Protect may be used to provide additional protection in those facilities.

Learn about Nest Protect certifications >

Using Nest Secure in your business

Google Nest Secure meets the standards for a residential security system. It is not certified to the standards applied to a commercial security system, so we don't recommend using Nest Secure in your business.

Using Nest x Yale lock in your business 

The Google Nest × Yale Lock can replace most common residential deadbolt locks. Before you uninstall your current lock, check that the door you're installing it on is compatible.

FAQs about the Nest × Yale Lock >

You can share and revoke access to your lock anytime. You can also set unique passcodes and receive notifications so you know who last locked or unlocked the door.

How to set or change passcodes >

Important: Make sure you only give Full Access to your lock to individuals you trust since they'll be able to lock and unlock the door with the app, add users and passcodes, and remove the lock from the app.

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