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Old May 23, 2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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Anyone have Nest Thermostat

They look awesome and I want one, but was looking for real world reviews on them
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Old May 23, 2012, 10:48 AM   #2
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You want everyone to search for this item? That's a lot of wasted hours.

Link please.
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Old May 23, 2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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I was considering one too but need to know more about connectivity to the Internet and whether or not it can integrate into other systems (Crestron, ADT Pulse, Schlage etc.).
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Old May 23, 2012, 11:00 AM   #4
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I have (2), what do you want to know exactly?
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Old May 23, 2012, 11:13 AM   #5
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I have (2), what do you want to know exactly?
I think they are bad ass, just wondering if you save you any money at all. I think the fact it is beautiful, and you can control your temp from your phone or any internet connection is awesome. Let alone the airwave capability and the fact it learns your schedule makes it worth. Just kinda curious if I could expect to save any $.

Now that Lowes is selling them, I am thinking about getting their movers coupons for 10% off and buying them in store to save shipping and save 10%.

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Old May 23, 2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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I think they are bad ass, just wondering if you save you any money at all. I think the fact it is beautiful, and you can control your temp from your phone or any internet connection is awesome. Let alone the airwave capability and the fact it learns your schedule makes it worth. Just kinda curious if I could expect to save any $.

Now that Lowes is selling them, I am thinking about getting their movers coupons for 10% off and buying them in store to save shipping and save 10%.
Too soon to really tell to be honest. I have had them for about 2.5 months and this is the first time I can actually Visualize my usage. I have no idea how much I was using in the past, vs what I am using now. My leaf is on a lot, and I just got an email report from my NEST saying I was in the top 27% of energy savers. (not sure what this means yet).

One thing I will caution you on, and this is important.

You must put this in an area that actually gets Traffic. It senses movement, and learns from it. If you put it in an area that is not used often; it won't learn what's what.

iPhone app is a lot better now and you can turn on the unit/heat/cool from it now, as well as see the room temp.

Personally, I love it.
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Old May 23, 2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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I've had one since January. Even before the Nest, I would get reports from my natural gas company saying I was among the most efficient users in my area, and that continued with the Nest. Now that the weather has switched over and we are cooling instead of heating, the electric company tells me I'm not doing as well. Since we have greyhounds home all day, I couldn't let the temperature get too high during the day, so I knew the electric bill wouldn't be as good (it never was before, either). With the latest update there is a new AirWave feature that should help with the cooling. The Nest shuts off the air compressor when the temperature gets close to your target and keeps blowing the fan over the cooled coils to get more cool air into the house. I've seen the AirWave symbol active on the Nest, so we'll see if this next electric bill shows any savings.

I don't know if the Nest is any better, since I did have a programmable thermostat before. But the old thermostat was a hideous plastic box from Sears whose front plate was being held closed with a rubber band after one of the tabs broke off. It needed replacing for a couple of years, but nothing inspired me to actually make the replacement until the Nest. All of Honeywell's programmables looked just as bad as the Sears one (which they probably were the OEM for).

We do have smart meters for our electric, but I have no idea if they use Zigbee or some other protocol or if they will let the Nest talk to them. The Nest has a Zigbee radio in it, but I do not think it is activated yet with the current software, anyway.

Overall, I love mine as well. Even if it isn't any better than the other programmables from Honeywell, looks alone made it worth the extra one-time cost to buy instead of a regular plastic one.
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One thing I will caution you on, and this is important.

You must put this in an area that actually gets Traffic. It senses movement, and learns from it. If you put it in an area that is not used often; it won't learn what's what.
This is what kept me from getting one. Our upstairs thermostat is in the master bedroom, which gets no traffic at all during the day, and then we come up and go to bed. So it would never see anything.

The main floor's location doesnt face the activity area, so again..might not see anything.

And the bottom floor is just me and my office, and I don't move around a lot.

I am curious about them though.
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One thing I will caution you on, and this is important.

You must put this in an area that actually gets Traffic. It senses movement, and learns from it. If you put it in an area that is not used often; it won't learn what's what.
This can be a bad idea, depending on the house.

A thermostat (programmable, "smart," or otherwise) needs to be (1) where the most representative air temperature in the space is, and (2) away from windows, doors, and exterior walls. You can't just go relocating a thermostat willy-nilly and expect reasonable results.

I will say if you're using a standard manual thermostat, this thing could save you a lot of money. If you're already using a programmable thermostat, it's not likely to save you anything at all. A typical programmable stat can go for around $20-25 and save you a bunch of money.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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They look awesome and I want one, but was looking for real world reviews on them
My father is in the HVAC business, so around the office they keep the cutting edge type tech. We installed the Nest and it works amazingly. It's very attractive and easy to use. I have my Android system running it while my brother has his iPhone connected as well. It's pretty awesome.
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Bottom 1/8th doesn't click you're right. I always have 2 fingers on it so never noticed it
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Bottom 1/8th doesn't click you're right. I always have 2 fingers on it so never noticed it
Interesting... thanks for checking.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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Guess you had better luck than I

I must have gotten the LEMON of the bunch because I hate the nest thermostat, I would not recommend it for anyone else and think they need to do some serious changes to the software. Just of few of my problems.... 1) It arbitrarily adjusts the temperature to settings we have never used! Ex. When we get up we set the temperature to 68 and when we go to bed we set it at 62 but during the day it will change to 64 several times. I go back and reset to 68 and within a couple hours I'm resetting the temp. again! 2) In thought, having the nest system remember your settings and adjust accordingly is a good thing but since we set the temp. to 68 in the day; the nest system starts the heater at 5am to reach the 68 mark by 8am. I do not want this because I want it 62 while I'm sleeping so ultimately I wake up sweating!!!! We've attempted to restart or flush all previous settings out but the problem remains!
3) Cost - you can get a programmable thermostat for all 7 days for as cheap as $21 but the nest system is at least 10x that cost so how is this feasible!!!!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 03:44 PM   #14
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you have to go into schedule on your ios app and delete those temps...
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I'm still unclear on the particular advantage of Nest (aside from looking cool) over any good programmable thermostat.

The argument that programmable thermostats are difficult to use doesn't seem reasonable to me. I'm a techno-boob of the first order...and if I can program it, any middling bright monkey can do it.

I have the Nest smoke/CO detector. I thought that was worth the extra money because of the features I liked...which are not available on standard smoke/CO detectors. But I don't get the advantage of the thermostat. And I certainly don't need a little green leaf to tell me how to engage in proper energy conservation. (My electric company sends ratings of usage compared to my neighbors, and I always score in the top 2-3%)
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I'm still unclear on the particular advantage of Nest (aside from looking cool) over any good programmable thermostat.

The argument that programmable thermostats are difficult to use doesn't seem reasonable to me. I'm a techno-boob of the first order...and if I can program it, any middling bright monkey can do it.

I have the Nest smoke/CO detector. I thought that was worth the extra money because of the features I liked...which are not available on standard smoke/CO detectors. But I don't get the advantage of the thermostat. And I certainly don't need a little green leaf to tell me how to engage in proper energy conservation. (My electric company sends ratings of usage compared to my neighbors, and I always score in the top 2-3%)
My favorite thing about it is being able to control it from my phone and get the house to a temperature I like before I get home from work or get back from a trip. Plus, I'm lazy and don't have to get off the couch or out of bed to adjust it.
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My favorite thing about it is being able to control it from my phone and get the house to a temperature I like before I get home from work or get back from a trip. Plus, I'm lazy and don't have to get off the couch or out of bed to adjust it.
Programmable thermostats do that without needing to be controlled remotely - I thought a Nest would do the same thing.

I'm with Shrink - if you actually program your thermostat to match your schedule, they will work wonders on your energy bill, for a fraction the cost of a Nest. Now, if you like the gadget factor, a Nest is undoubtedly the way to go.
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I must have gotten the LEMON of the bunch because I hate the nest thermostat, I would not recommend it for anyone else and think they need to do some serious changes to the software. Just of few of my problems.... 1) It arbitrarily adjusts the temperature to settings we have never used! Ex. When we get up we set the temperature to 68 and when we go to bed we set it at 62 but during the day it will change to 64 several times. I go back and reset to 68 and within a couple hours I'm resetting the temp. again! 2) In thought, having the nest system remember your settings and adjust accordingly is a good thing but since we set the temp. to 68 in the day; the nest system starts the heater at 5am to reach the 68 mark by 8am. I do not want this because I want it 62 while I'm sleeping so ultimately I wake up sweating!!!! We've attempted to restart or flush all previous settings out but the problem remains!
3) Cost - you can get a programmable thermostat for all 7 days for as cheap as $21 but the nest system is at least 10x that cost so how is this feasible!!!!
I'm so happy you took the time out of your day to not only register for this website, but also write that ridiculous post as well.
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