A Review of the Nest Smart Thermostat

Nest is the future of household heating and cooling. Whilst there is probably nothing wrong with your current thermostat, it makes sense to upgrade to a smarter thermostat in order to help you save money and energy usage which will make your life a whole lot better! Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?Introducing the Nest Smart Thermostat.

Features

One of the most popular WiFi based thermostats around, the Nest Smart Thermostat is almost immediately the first product that comes to mind when we think about home automation systems. Although this particular unit only controls the temperature of your home, Nest has been an incredibly popular name in the industry. Although the company is going through turmoil right now, it is no doubt one of the best WiFi-based smart thermostats you can get in the industry. It features an old-school thermostat look, complete with a rotating wheel and everything. It barely takes a few minutes to set up, which cannot be said about most thermostats out there. The Nest is also compatible with a handful of voice assistants out there, including the Amazon Echo, which means you can simply ask Alexa to turn down or turn up the heating, and Nest will happily oblige. Nest will automatically send alerts to your phone if there’s something you need to know about the cooling system. Anything from a faulty HVAC system or if you simply need to change some filters, Nest has you covered here. This is a newer model which means it has a slightly bigger and better display on board for improved visibility.

 

Pro’s and Cons

The Nest comes with an intelligent smart feature that makes it capable of learning on the go. So after a week or two of operation, Nest will automatically adjust the cooling/heating of your home based on the temperatures you’ve set over a week or 10 days. Naturally, the thermostat is also capable of detecting if you’re home or away and will change the temperature accordingly to save you big money on energy costs. Thanks to the sensors on board, the Nest can detect when you’ve entered the room where it’s attached and will light up beautifully. Considering how your thermostat controls most of your energy, it’s imperative that you use a product which is smart, potentially letting you cut down 20-30% of your energy costs. A feature called Nest Leaf lets you know when you’re at a setting which can save energy. This will motivate users to use the feature on a regular basis. To get a better idea on whether or if you’ve saved energy, you can check the Energy History page on Nest. The company proudly mentions that this is the first thermostat to get an Energy Star. The best part is that customers can fix multiple Nest Thermostats around their homes to get more control over the temperature of their homes.

While the Nest Thermostat is compatible with Amazon Alexa, it strangely misses out on Apple HomeKit compatibility. This could be due to the fact that Nest is now owned by Google. Or perhaps Google is in the process or bringing HomeKit support to the Nest Thermostat. Because Google is not going to shy away from offering its premium products to rival ecosystems (take Google Maps, example). It also lacks something like a remote sensor (available on the Ecobee 4) to track your movement in any desired room of the house. While this doesn’t make Nest less of a thermostat, it would have certainly been the icing on the cake. The device only comes with a 2-year limited warranty, which is a bit of a disappointment considering what the contemporaries offer.

Pricing

The Nest Thermostat is currently available via Amazon for $195, which is fairly decent considering the fact that this is one of the most popular thermostats going around right now. 87% of all the people who have bought Nest on Amazon have given it a 5-star rating, which speaks volumes about the performance of this particular product. Quality was never in doubt since this product was launched under Google’s wing. Although Nest makes a lot of products, its thermostats are probably what they will be known for going forward.

Taking all these factors into account, we suggest you give the Nest Thermostat a closer look!

 

 

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