Not your typical carpentry job, but we installed a Nest Thermostat for a client almost a year ago.  In a recent conversation with this client we discussed the thermostat and the clients satisfaction with the product and were so impressed that we decided not only to purchase the device for our own home but recommend it to all of our friends, family, customers, and anyone else that reads this blog!

 

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Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

 

We purchased the Nest and installed it in less than an hour.  Very basic knowledge of electrical wiring is needed, and instructions are included.

 

Product features (courtesy of Amazon.com)

 

Product Features

  • 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
  • Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet

 

Nest thermostat-temprature range          Nest-Thermostat-Smart-Scheduling

 

The features we specifically like are

1) how amazingly simple it is to program.  It uses the “dial” method so you turn it to the left for cooler temperature and to the right for warmer temps. Mash it to set it. Dial it to choose the setting you want to update. Mash it to set that setting.

Dial.

Mash.

You’re done.

 

2) It learns. With motion sensors it knows when you’re not in the room for extended periods of time – so if you leave for vacation and forget to tell it, after a while… it knows… It also learns if it’s a room you walk into each night at 8:00 pm and leave at 6:00 am don’t walk into in the hours in between and adusts everything accordingly. (all within your personal settings of “Maximum” and “Minimun” temperatures.

 

3) It’s mobile. With The Nest Apps (Google has one, and so does Apple).  Say you realize that it’s gotten suddenly really really hot in the beginning of March and you’ve got your heat set but you want to chill your home before you get there – There’s an App for that.

 

4) All of this adds up to Savings. Money. Savings. That’s one of my favorite things. Our client who installed this thermostat a year ago told us that without making *any* other notable changes in their lifestyle saw a reduction in electricity usage EVERY MONTH from the previous year’s corresponding month’s usage. They even told us in that in August of 2012 they saved $100 compared to August 2011.

 

That statement right there is what convinced me to buy it and install it for my family. Yes, it is a more expensive thermostat than you’d originally think to buy, but if it improves your quality of life and pays for it’s self in the first year I think that’s completely worth the initial investment.

 

And, of course, if you need help installing The Nest, give us a call, we can take care of that for you.

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