One of the best geeky gifts I've ever received is this little programable learning thermostat called Nest. The Nest is definitely my favorite gadget gift from Christmas 2012.
Adjusting the thermostat
My hubby and son easily installed the Nest, which I thought was going to be a huge deal. How could it not be when we have dual zone heating and a huge freaking house? Surprising, the most difficult part of the installation was spackling the wall and touching up the paint.
The Nest comes complete with the coolest screwdriver ever and that is all you need for installation. Everything you need is in the box. The Nest Learning Thermostat Installation Guide gives illustrated directions that are super easy to follow. You can go to nest.com to watch installation videos too. If you don't want to install it yourself, Nest has a Concierge service and you can buy installation. It's easy though. You don't need a professional unless you have dual fuel system or whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
Setting up the Nest with the Nest app on the iPhone was easy to do. I say this because I literally did nothing but download the app onto my iPhone. Jeremy did the rest. On the app set up it asks: what do you want to name your location, we called ours "home". It asked what kind of dwelling we have, (single family, apartment, etc) what year was your home built, and what zip code you live in.
I love the nest app because I can control the thermostat from anywhere. If I'm going to be gone for a few hours, I can set it to away from my iPhone. That lowers our heating temperature from 68 to 62, which should show us a savings. If I am chilly, I bump it up a degree. From the phone! I don't even have to crawl out of bed to change the temperature!
The zip code feature is really cool, the Nest app shows you what the weather outside is when you open the app. It does not give you a temperature, but if it is cloudy, there will be clouds on your landing page. When it rains, there is rain on the landing window. Today there's not a cloud in the sky, therefore the blue sky.
Here is the settings page where you program what time and temperature you want. It's really not necessary to program though, the Nest learns how you like your temperature and adjusts it automatically. We haven't had our Nest long enough to evaluate our energy savings, but as soon as we do, I will share it here with an update. For now, I give the Nest a 5 star review.
I believe the Nest is the start of a trend to automate and operate many household devices via wireless. I am now looking to automate everything in the house that can be operated by either my computer or the phone. It's exciting times we live in! Is this is the Jetsons space-age? Do you have any home automation devices?
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