Nest Labs is the Palo Alto-based home automation company that created the Nest Learning Thermostat. Nest Labs was founded by Apple engineers and now belongs to Google. Similar to many Apple products, the Nest Learning Thermostat has a highly sophisticated system behind a simple user interface.
The main feature is the motion sensor. The Nest Learning Thermostat’s motion sensor prevents the biggest hassle found with most programmable thermostats: programming. With a conventional programmable thermostat you have to send some time putting your schedule into it. With the Nest, there is no need to do that since it uses its motion sensor to learn your schedule. It will optimize cooling according to your movements. When you leave your home, it will go into away mode and stay in that mode until the sensor detects movement.The Nest also motivates you to earn a green leaf by turning your target temperature up very slowly. The slow increase in temperature is barely perceptible even in South Florida, but the reduced energy bills will be.
Controlling the Nest Thermostat
With the Nest thermostat, you are able to control the temperature in your home from anywhere via the Internet. Connection to your Wi-Fi is one of the steps needed to configure it during installation. Once you are online you can go to Nest.com to set up an account and control your thermostat. You will be able to see it when you log into your account on the website. They also provide apps for all the major mobile platforms.
Installation and Configuration
In most cases, installation is simple and requires only that you remove your old thermostat and move the wires from its terminals to Nest’s baseplate. Because the footprint of your old thermostat is likely to be rectangular and larger than Nest’s footprint, you may need to do a little painting. Configuration is just as simple. There are no complicated and hard-to-remember button combinations here. You have the option to set a schedule if you want, but the reality is that it is just not necessary. Nest will learn your preferences and handle the scheduling for you.
If at some point you need to change something or override the settings that Nest has learned, you simply go to the schedule option in the control panel and make your adjustments.
Is Nest Worth It?
Upgrading from a non-programmable thermostat to a programmable one will usually result in savings if the thermostat’s features are used. The problem is that many homeowners do not take advantage of them. This is usually because programming a thermostat tends to be tedious and time-consuming. Nest does not have this problem and is therefore more likely to be used. The only way to get Nest’s benefits with a conventional programmable thermostat is to continually adjust it throughout the day, which would be burdensome for most homeowners. Nest takes care of the adjustments automatically and is reported to pay for itself within two years.
Along with energy savings, installing a Nest Learning thermostat also allows you to save money with Nest.com’s partners. There are home security and home warranty companies offering discounts and packages to South Florida homeowners. Simply type your zip code in on the Nest website to see available offers.