Anyone tried a Nest thermostat?

Better looking than (most of) your children, certainly, but is it any more productive?

The tech press has been raving about this energy-saving device since it came out a couple of years ago and the new improved model was released this past summer to even more favorable reviews but I haven’t seen one, let alone used it. It appears to be – brace yourself – a thermostat – but also a bit more because it learns your household’s living pattern – when does mom get up to make coffee before heading off to her charwoman duties, when does ol’ redundantized Dad roll off the sofa in the living room and leave for the unemployment office and when does he get back from the club bar, etc. – and automatically drops and lowers the house temperature accordingly.

Does this actually save money over manually doing the same thing yourself with a ten dollar device instead of a two hundred dollar one? Can it control a typical seven-zone Greenwich Maxipad? I have no clue, but if you care to share your experience with this thing, feel free to do so.

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11 responses to “Anyone tried a Nest thermostat?

  1. Anonymous

    “Greenwich Maxipad.”

    Best term I’ve EVER heard for housing here. Love it! You should trademark it. Seriously.

  2. anonymous

    ADT Alarm company makes an even cooler thermostat than the Nest. It works off the wireless internet router in your house and you can control it from anywhere from your iPhone. Great to play mind games with the family when they keep turning it up when you’re not home.

  3. Fred2

    I believe I read the reviews a month or two ago. Unfortunately it was one of those “mixed” reviews, some people LOOOOVED it , and others HAAATED it with few in-betweeners and bi modal distribution. So who knows.

    I went for the smart-programmable kind (higher-end Honeywell) , the kind you tell it when you want the temp to be X deg, and it after a few days of hunting it starts figuring out when it’s got to turn things up or on to make sure it meets the program. ( I have hot water/cast iron radiators so if I crank the heat now, there is latency to when the heat arrives.) It could handle A/C too, but that’s irrelevant to me.

    It has an over-ride too, in case your guests arrive under-dressed.

  4. Pinzgauer

    “ADT Alarm company makes an even cooler thermostat than the Nest. It works off the internet router in your house and you can control it from anywhere from your iPhone…..”

    ….. FYI, so does this one

  5. whatever

    I have it in a second home and love it– a great product

  6. armonk

    I just replaced my thermostat. The new one came with a 66 page instruction booklet. All English. What happened to those wonderful Honeywell circular thermostats that kept us warm and cool for 50 years? Oh, they contained mercury. Wish I had saved a couple.

  7. whatever

    the nest is idiot proof– maybe it will work for you !

  8. anonymous

    Yeah, Pinzgauer, but with the ADT one you can also get a digi camera you also control from your iPhone so you can watch the family cranking up the thermostat.