The Nest Learning Thermostat allows programs, temperature control and more! It will adapt to your schedule and preferences and overtime learns to schedule itself, knows when someone is home and turns down the heat when no one’s home. The Nest Learning Thermostat can be controlled remotely and holds data that shows how much energy you’ve used for the previous 10 days. It also collates a monthly Energy Report in order to manage and track energy consumption.
- Control your heating from anywhere
- Saves energy
- Learns your heating habits
- Knows if someone is home so it can keep it warm
- Needs to be installed by a professional
Nest Thermostat – How it works
Once the Nest has learned your schedule, you’ll rarely need to interact with it. It will maintain consistent temperatures which when compared and tested against previous models and other Thermostats is noticeably accurate. Once it has learned your routine, it will preheat your home, getting the rooms to the right temperature. Particularly comforting in winter! You have the ability to alter temperatures and schedules from smartphones and devices. Your Nest is managed by an app which is available for Android and iOS via the App Store and the Play Store. The app is user-friendly and efficient and also has smartwatch support if you wish to access your heating control from your wrist.
You’re also able to disable your heating schedule, which is ideal if you’re going away and there’s no one at home. When at home, The Nest will know if anyone is home by both the sensors on the Thermostat face or by tracking the location of users by their smartphone’s. The benefit of this is being able to maintain temperatures, conserve energy by turning down when no one’s at home. But also, it can be used to ensure pipes don’t freeze and allow you to monitor via the app remotely.
Nest Thermostat – Special Features
Whether you’re under the duvet or abroad on holiday, set your heating whatever you’re doing, wherever you are and start saving immediately. The product is lightweight and subtle in appearance and has many special features such as:-
- Auto Schedule; Nest will learn what you like and when you like it and creates a personalised schedule for your house. Just turn it up and down. The Nest isn’t rigid like some programmer schedules and will continue to adapt with your changing life.
- Auto Away; Would you want to heat an empty home? Planned or unplanned, the Nest Thermostat senses no one’s at home and automatically adapts by turning the heat down.
- The Nest Leaf; When changing temperature look for the Nest leaf. This will display when you’re saving energy.
- Energy History; This will enable you to track your energy usage. The more you understand your habits the more you can save and adjust preferences.
- True Gradient – Taking out any guess work, this is the part of Nest that learns what you like and when you like it.
- Heating Control Management – You and any of your loved ones can control the heating from afar giving you a home that is always comfortable and learning how to be increasingly efficient while you rest.
Nest Thermostat – Ease of Use
The Nest App is available for Android and iOS by download from the Android Play Store and the iOS Appstore. A very easy app to use, that allows you literally drag temperatures up and down on a timeline if you want set temperature times. To turn heating up and down it’s a simple scroll on the screen. Now if you’re thinking “all well and good, but what about the device itself” then think about this – if you take the iPhone controls and made them physical, then you can control the nest. You have to push the circular face in (as it’s the only ‘button’) to use or select an item. To move around the screens you simply spin the face – it’s very simple.
The Nest Thermostat can be installed on a wall, or you can use the Stand to put the Nest on a table or shelf. It is recommended using the stand if you don’t already have a thermostat, have a wireless thermostat or want to install Nest in a new place. With the stand, you can easily hide Nest’s power cable so it isn’t in sight and put your thermostat in the best place to continuously read the temperature.
Nest Thermostat – Compatibility In Your Home
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with most heating systems, including:-
- Combi and condensing boilers
- System and heat only boilers
- Hydronic underfloor systems
- Air source and ground source heat pumps (heating only)
- Zoned systems (one Nest Thermostat per zone)
- Switched live systems
- Low-voltage (dry contact) systems
Nest Thermostat – Benefits
The product is lightweight weighing only 254 grams. It is easy to read with its 24-bit colour LCD display. It uses low bandwidth: Less than 50MB/month upload and 10 MB/month download (for software updates, mainly). The Nest Learning Thermostat uses Less than 1kWh/month in power and comes with a 2 year warranty.
A green leaf will be displayed when you’ve picked a temperature that’s energy efficient which will depend on the weather at the time. This will save you energy and money. The “auto-away” feature works well and will help to save you money too if your schedule is a bit all over the place. The Nest Learning Thermostat also acts as a night light in darkness, activating when you come near it.
If you connect it to a modern combi, it can control hot water production and it has OpenTherm integration, if your boiler supports it. It continues to work when the internet goes down and a button on the Heat Link enables manual control when all else fails. If you change the temperature too rapidly (set one and then change your mind immediately, for example), Nest adds a small delay to its controls over the boiler to protect it from being turned on and off again by actions like this. Email digests show you how much energy you’ve used over the last month.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is an attractive and highly functional piece of technology. It’s smart and does exactly what it claims to do and doesn’t need much interaction for it to work. The Nest app is simple and efficient, as is the new auto-away feature that uses a smartphone’s location to detect if anyone is home.
The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is pricey but that becomes somewhat inconsequential when taking typical energy savings into account as a result of using the Nest. The only things the Nest lacks are options to control temperature on a room-by-room basis and better integration with other smart gadgets, which has been promised but hasn’t been delivered so far.
You can contact the Nest team through email, phone and an online forum. The forum brings Nest users and employees together in a place where you can ask questions, make feature requests and get assistance with problems that you may be experiencing. You will usually be able to set up the device without contacting customer service, but it is nice to know they are available if you need assistance.
There are also videos you can watch, both on Nest’s website and YouTube, which help you get the best use out of your thermostat.
Nest Thermostat – Should I Buy It?
If you are looking for a way to modernise your heating and want more control over it, then yes. You will be able to keep a close eye on usage and save money each month on your energy bill. It’s also lovely to always come home to a nice, warm house. If your house is in need of a new thermostat then you should definitely take the Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat into consideration.