Device Review

Nest Smart Thermostat


Introduction

Nest Smart Thermostat

Did you know that Smart thermostats are the most popular Smart Home devices amongst others? They were among the first smart tech to emerge, and still leading its way to make your home a smart home. Smart thermostats allow users to remotely control their home’s temperature and to set temperatures at during different periods of the day and enhance the comfort of the home environment. And what’s more that attracts users is that smart thermostats can save users 10 to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling bills every year not to mention that it helps the environment as it saves energy. Heating and cooling is the largest part of our energy consumption and by reducing the energy use with Smart thermostat users can lower the level of carbon footprints, gas emissions, pollution and help make the environment healthier and sustainable. What better can it get with just a couple hundred dollars out of your pocket which actually will pay for itself in under two years?  

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NEST Learning Thermostat is probably the most common a smart thermostat on the market. It is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. It automatically adapts to user’s lifestyle and the seasons' change. Users can manually change the settings to their comfort level either on the device or through the app on their phone, or the device itself can learn by detecting activities in the house using built-in sensors.

NEST Thermostat tech specs.

Languages

  • English (US, UK)

  • Dutch

  • French (Canada, France)

  • Italian

  • Spanish (Americas, Spain

Compatibility

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with 95% of 24V heating and cooling system, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal.

Sensors

  • Temperature

  • Humidity

  • Near-Field activity

  • Far-field activity

  • Ambient light

Remote control requirements

  • Wi-Fi connection with internet access

  • NEST app on phone or tablet with Android or iOS

  • The latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later

Power consumption:  Less than 1 kWh/month

Certification: ENERGY STAR

Multi-home Support: Control up to 20 thermostats per home


Conclusion

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The NEST Learning Thermostat is $249 with four different color options to choose from. If you think about the savings you get with smart thermostat which is on average about $140 per year, it basically is free as it pays off itself in less than 2 years! It is very easy to install, the instruction comes in the box and they say most people install it in 30 minutes or less. It has two ways of changing the settings. One is manually and the other is by the device detecting the activities.

The best feature of this device that also makes the smart thermostat the essential smart home device is Home/Away. There are two ways for this thermostat to detect the users’ home occupancy; one is by the motion censor on the device and the other is by the location of users’ phones with app installed. So for example, if there is nobody at home and it detects that your phone is in a different area out of your home, it sets the status as “Away” and operates the temperature accordingly. Further, it can share its data with other smart home devices such as Lutron, ALEXA, Google Home or others that features “Work with NEST” which makes it a lot easier for users to control all with just one easy setup with NEST Learning Thermostat.  

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It also not only turns on and off based on the “occupancy pattern”, it learns the outside temperature and plan the heating and cooling to meet the desired temperature at the right time. It gets smarter and smarter! It also learns how fast your house can heat or cool, and it adjust its schedules accordingly. And of course for the reason why it is called a “Smart Thermostat”, it allows users to control and monitor it from wherever they are with the app on their smartphone, tablet or computer. Check out this simple switch if you are interested in more comfort, savings on your electricity bills and healthier environment for “almost free”.