With seemingly endless summers and the cost of electricity for cooling on the rise, any potential to save money seems bleak. However, the goal of the Nest Thermostat ($249) is to help save both money on one’s household heating and cooling bills.
Prior to purchase, one should check the compatibility of their home via their compatibility checker. If still left uncertain if this system would work for you, then Nest prompts one to email them a photo of the house’s wiring.
The packaging includes the thermostat, screwdriver, and necessary screws, trim kit (optional) as well as the installation and welcome guides.
While this author has never installed a thermostat, he found this product’s instruction straightforward and the installation guide to be exceptionally well written. Every detail seems to be thought of, as the guide includes labels to keep track of one’s wires, a built-in spirit level for a perfect alignment, and a spring-closed connector for holding wires to the base. Nonetheless, if daunted by such an installation, then this company has designed a website for finding a certified installer (store.nest.com/#certified)
Once the power is turned back on, this thermostat guides one through prompts (e.g., connect to Wi-Fi, confirmation of wiring, zip code, type of heating/cooling system) to set up the device. One interacts by turning the outer silver ring to scroll through options while depressing the entire device to select. When in the thermostat mode, depressing the device brings up the menu that includes ambient weather, thermostat, fan mode, energy usage, scheduling, settings, and home/away status.
Of the previously mentioned, the first two selections are similar to a traditional thermostat; however the Nest does so much more. Energy usage displays the hours over the last 10 days in which one’s heating/cooling system was in use. A leaf icon reinforces the behavior of saving energy as well as money.
Scheduling shows a scrolling calendar of the upcoming seven days and allowing one to set temperature at a specific time. Like the entire Nest, using the device is exceptionally intuitive. Settings allows for customization – locking the device, adjusting brightness, automatically turn display on when approached (author’s favorite setting), disable click sound, set location, date, time, etc. Home/away feature permits one to set a different temperature when one is out of the home.
While the aforementioned can be done manually, a unique trait of this device is Nest Sense. During approximately the first week, the Nest determines when one is home or away and then sets a schedule accordingly. Thus, this thermostat programs itself through built-in sensors and calculations.
However, if any changes with the temperature needs to be made, then it can be done via Nest’s app or Nest’s website from a distance. Either allows one to see ambient conditions (humidity, inside and outside temperatures) and alter the thermostat, turn on the fan, see the upcoming schedule, as well as the history of energy usage.
Lastly, the circular display is gorgeous and its color changes from blue to red for cooling or heating. Nest really has thought of everything with this thermostat: brilliant combination of intelligence and beauty that works perfectly together.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Of course, perform any instructions at your own risk to yourself and/or your home, as this author is not responsible for any injury and/or damage that may occur.