The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. As a Verizon Wireless Ambassador I received a Nest to review and at first it didn’t work. We played with settings for two days and just couldn’t get it to work. My husband even checked the wiring. Then when he was going to switch back to our old thermostat he took a closer look at our old thermostat and noticed that there were codes for heat pump on the outside and harder to read on the inside were codes for the ac/heater combo unit. OOPS. The wiring was wrong. After fixing the wiring, the Nest worked.
We have the Nest programmed to keep the house between 70 and 73 when we are home and that’s a great feature that will help us save money. It’s also really cool being able to control The Nest and our home temperature from the phone. We have friends that have Nests in their homes and all they could do was rave and rave about their nests, so I’m so glad we were able to figure out what we did wrong and get ours going, and I have to agree it’s a pretty cool device.
What was really fun was that my husband used this opportunity as a bonding experience with his son. Miles loves to take things apart and figure out how they work. My husband was the same way as a child and really understands Miles’ need to explore. Together they took the old thermostat off the wall and then installed the Nest. It was fun listening and watching them work together.
Plus Miles really felt like he accomplished something, which is another reason I’m so glad it gets to stay up on the wall. Miles knows he did that, he helped dad put up the new thermostat. So did you notice that above I said the Nest keeps the house at the temperature we want it at when we are home? It has a sensor that lets it know you are there. You don’t have to use that setting but it’s pretty cool, really cool for people like our neighbors who work during the day. It only comes on when they are home and it learns. It’s so cool that it notices your patterns and programs itself. AWESOME.
It also has a lock on it. So let’s say you have a rental home and you don’t want your guests to set the temperature really really low and then leave it that way, or set it really really high and leave it that way. It’s really a smart device created to help home owners save money on heating and cooling costs.