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Old 06-29-2016, 09:32 PM
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Anyone have experience with the nest thermostat? Is it worth it? They are on sale and I was thinking of picking up two for my house.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:40 PM
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different models. Get the latest one that allows you to control from your smart phone.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:51 PM
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The nest in partnership with Keen home. Keen home automates the balancing of the AC and it ties directly into the Nest thermostat. Essentially it keeps every room at the set temperature and everything can be controlled from a smartphone or the house Automation system
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My HVAC sub threw in two free nest with my house. It's awesome being able to control the thermostat with your phone. It does take a little while to learn your schedule but once it does it definitely saves you money.

The only issue is if the thermostat is in a place people do not frequently walk by there is a risk it will constantly be on away mode and allow the temp to rise/fall above the set level.

When we moved in, our bedroom furniture delivery was still 45 days out. the thermostat controlling the 2nd &3rd floor unit was outside our master bedroom which we weren't using. I kept having to turn the heat up because it sensed no motion.
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I put one in about two weeks ago. It was an easy install and worked perfect. I have no complaints so far. Adding the smoke/co2 detectors next.
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
My HVAC sub threw in two free nest with my house. It's awesome being able to control the thermostat with your phone. It does take a little while to learn your schedule but once it does it definitely saves you money.

The only issue is if the thermostat is in a place people do not frequently walk by there is a risk it will constantly be on away mode and allow the temp to rise/fall above the set level.

When we moved in, our bedroom furniture delivery was still 45 days out. the thermostat controlling the 2nd &3rd floor unit was outside our master bedroom which we weren't using. I kept having to turn the heat up because it sensed no motion.
Chamge your away temp to your normal temp setting.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:50 AM
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I've found the Honeywell wifi thermostats to be adequate for my needs. They are quite a bit cheaper but of course don't have the learning feature.
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We have one,,,works great,,, only problem is my wife keeps turning up the temp from her phone.
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Originally Posted by gtpvettte View Post
We have one,,,works great,,, only problem is my wife keeps turning up the temp from her phone.
You know you can lock her out right. Tell me how that works out for you.
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I don't have the thermostat but I do have 2 nest smoke detectors. They are the best , no false alarms . And they talk to each other. So if the first floor goes off the second floor tells you. Very good for semi deaf people like me. Also calls your phone if they go off
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Had it for over a year. It is intuative and easy to program. Works great overall. The learn feature is awesome, I rarely touch the thing now and if I ever have to make some adjustments, I do that on my iPhone. If I'm away from the house and the cleaning service or a workman is coming I can just knock it down a few degrees while I'm at work or across the country. It's pretty convenient.
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I have had mine for three years. Its awesome and looks sexy.
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Have 5 of them in two houses. I occasionally use my phone to set home/away, but otherwise they are plug and play. The monthly emails of my usage is a good reminder that I have them and they're working as planned. Current/prior year usage is a great visual to compare with my first hand knowledge of the climate to make sure everything is working as planned. After SeaTow, the best money i ever spent.
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I have been buying ever increasingly complex thermostats since the 80s and now I have come back to this.
It is what my wife wants.

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Check out the ecobee3 before buying a nest.
Better reports, more functions and the ability to add up to 30 sensors that allow you to average the temps in your house. Minimizes hot/cold spots. And obviously, is controlled from your phone.
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NEST all the way. No negatives from me.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
I have been buying ever increasingly complex thermostats since the 80s and now I have come back to this.
It is what my wife wants.

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Me too. Until the nest. They simplified everything. You even get the same large dial. (If you want to use it) Turn left to make it cooler and turn right to make it warmer. But it usually just turns itself on once you walk in the house and goes in to away mode when you leave.
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i appreciate the reviews as I am starting to automate the house...

how does it know when you leave? and come?

when we come home we do not pass in front of a tstat. likewise upstairs the tstat is just outside the master suite, so the girls would not pass in front if they went to their rooms?

I passed on the nests only because i wasnt sure how it "learns" your habits and im not sure my family is "learnable "


I went with 2 honeywell smart thermostats and I just have a couple detailed schedules in there. 80% of the time I am adjusting from my smart phone because the painters are there, one of 6 blended kids is home for some reason, our schedule fits no rhyme or reason.

I did sync them with Alexa. It is superfluous but cool to say "lower the temperature 2 degs, etc"
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Over priced, Honeywell is just as good, but with no tv ads. I heard from a google employee they haven't made a profit on it yet
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Originally Posted by Chpsk8 View Post
Check out the ecobee3 before buying a nest.
Better reports, more functions and the ability to add up to 30 sensors that allow you to average the temps in your house. Minimizes hot/cold spots. And obviously, is controlled from your phone.
Looked this up and this is exactly what I have been looking for.

The remote sensors are key.
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