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Nest Thermostat Review: Now Heating/Cooling my Home

\Many of you have asked me about smart thermostat choices, and I’ve always been one to point out the Ecobee smart thermostat. That said, my new home wouldn’t support my Ecobee without modification, and Nest just released a feature I REALLY wanted (temperature sensors for multiple rooms), so it was time to make the move.

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Nest Setup:

Setup was an absolute breeze. There is step by step instructions that guide you through each component of setup. One thing that could have been helpful is if I could use my phone to enter the internet password or something, vs using the Nest to type it in. Perhaps you could, but I didn’t see the option.

Once you’ve plugged in your wires in the back, you get a nice display on the Nest showing you what equipment has been detected. I was particularly a fan of how easy the wires were to attach, no screwdriver needed, just pinch the respective clips.

 

 

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Setup Steps

The system will walk you through the setup steps, and help you setup the thermostat to be used in the Nest app. It will also run some tests to make sure things are wired correctly. You’ll be able to hear it turn on your fan, heat, and AC as you go through the tests.

Using Nest:

After installation, it’s really simple to use. You can set it for Heat, Cool or Heat&Cool (what I always use). You can control from the unit, or the application. You can also voice control with most smart home assistants.

Temperature Sensors:

This is what made me finally make the move, was the ability to have sensors for each room that was important to me. If you order sensors, keep in mind that the thermostat itself is obviously a sensor, so you don’t need one to replace it.

Here are two major differences in the Nest thermostat sensors, vs the Ecobee.

  1. Nest does not take an average of the sensors, it only lets you pick one sensor at a time, for the varying times of the day.
  2. Since you assign which sensor is active when, there are no motion sensors evident on the Nest sensors, to tell the thermostat if you are actually in that room. That is a little upsetting but I am going to see how it works out. Sometimes I work in my office during the day, sometimes from the couch, so sometimes I don’t want my office temp used during the day.

The sensors are round, and come with fancy screws for putting them on the wall, or you can just sit them flat on a table or shelf or something. Just make sure you put it somewhere representative of the room temperature, not under a fan, vent, or in direct sunlight, etc.

History and Scheduling:

You can easily view your history, and see highlights of that day. For example, here you see that weather made my heat run less than usual on April 22nd. You can also see various points I was out of the house, or manually changed the thermostat.

 

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Nest Thermostat History

 

Scheduling
Scheduling

Other Cool Features:

I found a lot of neat little features this thermostat came with, see the image below.

A few key features I like:

  • Early On:
    •  Nest can start heating/cooling so it’s at your desired temperature by the time you scheduled.
  • Airwave:
    • Airwave shuts off the AC once it knows its put in enough cold air to get to the temperature you want
    • It then uses the fan to spread that cold air through to get the temperature down more

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Nest (T3007ES) Learning Thermostat, Easy Temperature Control for Every Room in Your House, Stainless Steel (Third Generation), Works with Alexa (Tools & Home Improvement)

The Nest Learning Thermostat is here to help make your home work for you. Using smart learning technology, the Nest Learning Thermostat can learn what you like and automatically adjust itself to your comfort level. After a couple of days of manual adjustments, the Nest Learning Thermostat can anticipate when you would want to turn the temperature up, to help keep you cozy in the morning, and set the temperature down as you head to bed. The Thermostat also works in combination with your Nest Cellphone App. Remotely change the temperature so that your house can be warm when you come home or, turn the temperature down to save energy while you’re away. The Nest Thermostat is just one part of your heating and cooling system. But it can keep an eye on the rest of it. You’ll get an alert on your phone if there’s something wrong – like temperatures are so low your pipes could burst. And if it looks like your furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will send you an alert. Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.

Features: 

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • SAVE ENERGY WITH NEST: Nest introduces the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. With four beautiful colors to choose from and an easy to read display, this thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature.
  • READ THE DISPLAY FROM ACROSS THE ROOM: The Nest Thermostat does something new. It’s called Farsight, and it lights up to show you the temperature, weather or time. You can even choose a digital or analog clock face. Farsight is big and bright on the beautiful display – you can see it from across the room.
  • A STYLE FOR EVERY HOME: The Nest Learning Thermostat now comes in four fantastic colors; Copper, Stainless Steel, Black, and White. Choose copper to add a warm touch. Stainless steel is perfect for a classic, versatile look. Black blends in with dark walls and stylish decor. And white looks great in simple, modern homes.
  • WORKS WITH NEST: Nest has worked hard to design thoughtful devices to help keep you safe and secure. Nest devices not only communicate with each other but also with the other smart devices around your home. Your Nest Secure can use your smart light bulbs to help get your attention in the event of an emergency; your smart washer and dryer can take the data from Nest and run the next load of laundry when energy demand is low. Look for the Works with Nest badge and let Nest handle the rest.
  • THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE A NEST HOME: We love home. It’s the best place in the world. But not everything inside our homes is lovable. Some things beep at us; fail without warning; keep us in the dark. There are things we’ve learned to ignore. We think these things should do more. Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
  • Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.
  • Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Farsight: When the Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the time, temperature or weather.
  • Energy Star: First thermostat to earn Energy Star. Your thermostat controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, more than electronics. Saving energy starts with your Thermostat.
  • Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
  • Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.

List Price: $249.99 USD
New From: $203.49 USD In Stock
Used from: $189.70 USD In Stock
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Brandon Sullivan

I am an entrepreneur, meteorologist and storm chaser. I travel and take captivating photos and videos across the world. If I'm not chasing, I'm at the gym. All opinions are my own and do not represent my employers or investments.

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