Nest T200377 Learning Programmable Room Thermostat
Very Slick and Intelligent
I had this installed a few weeks ago and it has been a very interesting to see how it compares to the standard hallway thermostat we used to have.
The biggest difference has been the way that this heats up the house. My old digital thermostat would only switch off after going two degrees above the temperature set. This nest thermostat is very sensitive and actually turns off before reaching the set temperature as it analyses the heat remaining in the radiators and uses that to get to the desired temperature.
Our thermostat has learnt our routines and what is brilliant is that when you are setting schedules, it not only learns the times you want it on but also the specific temperature at a given time. For e.g the temperature at 10pm in our house is lower that at say 8pm as the heating has been on and it memorizes all of this stuff.
The main difference with this thermostat is that the heating will not come on if you are not home. It is no real issue though as when you are close to home you can turn it on from your mobile so the house is warm once you get home. It saves a lot of gas by not coming on when home is empty. The trade off is that you need to turn the heating on beforehand if you want the house warm but that is very quick and easy from a smart phone.
The controls from the smart phone are very simple and easy to use. You can also control this from a laptop or tablet.
The other things that I like are the fact that you get an energy usage report . At present we are only using about 4 hours a day . Compared to my previous thermostat which came on for at least 3 hours in the morning and then say 4 hours in the evening so we are already making a considerable saving. If you factor in the savings when you are not home then based on my current experience I think a 50% reduction in gas usage is easily feasible.
The packaging is very functional and clutter free. The person fitting this did not take very long at all and the results are very nice.
Having been running this for a few weeks we have encountered no issues with wi fi or the controls. All of the setting can be changed from your the thermostat, your smart phone , tablet or laptop so no more standing in front of the thermostat for 30 mins with instructions trying to change the programs.
Has run without fault so far. I have since purchased the smoke detector and connected that also. All works together from the same mobile phone app .
In all, this thing is awesome. yes the price may seem hefty but the savings and efficiency you get bearing in mind how expensive gas is these days means that it will more than pay for itself.
I highly recommend, take the plunge and revolutionize the way you heat your home. The nest thermostat can also talk to specified washing machines, control led lighting and a whole host of other household things . These will only grow as times goes on so it may be worth the investment.
27 Nov 2014
21st Century Heating Control
I have installed two of these at home - one into an upstairs 'S' plan heating system and downstairs for a hydronic underfloor heating system.
I was nervous about installing them myself and the official Nest promotional material strongly recommends trade installation. However, as it turns out, they are extremely simple to install and set up.
If you are a DIY'er and thinking about installing one of these, do not be put off. There is plenty of help on the web with diagrams for wiring systems for all common heating systems. If you follow the basic rules and are armed with a circuit tester and multimeter, you are not going to find it difficult. The main thing is to be absolutely certain that you do not put more than 12V through the thermostat, otherwise it will destroy it.
As for using the stat - well, it is a joy to play around with. The setup and wifi connection is easy and the ability to monitor and change settings from anywhere via PC or mobile is fantastic. I don't yet know if it will save me money on heating and the initial price is high, but it is certainly a more intelligent system than the thermostats of old and learns quickly about when and for how long you need heat.
29 Oct 2014
Also looks great
Easy to fit. Works great. If I'm going home early I can now turn the heating on from any ware. Feels really well made. When approach the stat. It lights up ready to adjust. The app was also easy to set up with tines.
28 Oct 2014
A top notch thermostat that looks great and learns how you like the temperature. Can be controlled via a smartphone providing it is within reach of your wifi.
23 Oct 2014