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Nest Learning Thermostat (1st Generation) EXPIRED

calistyle 48,495 March 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM in Home & Home Improvement (7) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 03-25-2013 at 08:15 AM View Original Post
Amazon.com has Nest Learning Thermostat 1st Generation (T100577) for $179 with free shipping. Thanks calistyle

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Edited March 25, 2013 at 02:26 AM by calistyle
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#286
Do these thermostats work on a heat pump system with one stage of electric auxiliary heat?
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Quote from stevenq View Post :
Didn't see it mentioned but I was wondering about the motion sensor (there is a motion detector built in). Doesn't the Nest automatically go into "Auto Away" mode when it senses that nobody is in the house? Also, maybe someone can chime in who actually has a Nest where it's not located in a place where people actually walk past it. Do you have to set it to let it know you are home? Do you have to have iPhone or can you use Android phone to set it?

My dream house would have a Nest and the Hue Lightbulbs installed. This way I could use my iPod Touch to control the heating and the lights as well. That would be so cool! That's better than the Clapper!
Yes, it uses it's motion sensor as part of it's guessing game for auto away. It also turns off the screen and then automatically turns it back on when you walk up to it.

Android works fine. So does any iOS device. I have used the app for both.
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Quote from loquieto View Post :
The 1st Gen detects away in a span of 2 hours. The 2nd gen only needs 30 minutes to tell if you're away. I might go 3 or 4 hours without going near my thermostat when I work from home and it has never auto-away'd while I am working. I have wondered if it has audio sensors and can hear me on phone calls and what not? I am not sure how it works.




I don't know about you, but I work from home most of the time. When I do go into the office, it is on a somewhat unpredictable schedule. I'd hate having to tweak the thermostat on those weeks where I might go in 2 or 3 times unexpectedly, or when I go out in the evenings and don't really need the system on. Sometimes I forget to turn the thermostat off when I go on vacation or business trips. Maybe I turned the system off completely and an unexpected freeze is coming and I need to turn my unit on to keep my pipes from bursting? If you never go away from home, or do so infrequently, maybe it doesn't matter. But my schedule is just unpredictable enough that the auto-away is the only real thing that I like about my Nest. The rest is pretty standard.
Question - If you work from home, you know your schedule, so put it on regular schedule. Wouldn't it work for you.? Or isn't it learning mode is within first 2 weeks only? You guys are giving me an assumptions that nest will ALWAYS be learning . In worst case scenario use your phone and simply turn it on, that way it might you can make it learn.....!

We all probably should give the test cases to Nest to come up with ALL possible scenarios Smilie

I had the 1st gen one, but returned due to it failing after couple of months and got the 2nd gen which haven't installed yet. We are out of town a lot almost every weekend and every time, we were to remember to adjust the temperAture when leaving, and one time, we forgot to adjust thermostat before leaving on a 7 day trip and that made us buy this. We could simply use our phone to control it. Whether it learns or not, just see if it works for your need.
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#289
It's $223.75 now
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#290
This sells for 198 in lowes and there are always 10 percent off movers coupons around. So basically this deals saves you on sales tax. I understand all advantages of nest. But from a price point of view. How is this a slick deal and FP WORTHY?
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Quote from kvt View Post :
Question - If you work from home, you know your schedule, so put it on regular schedule. Wouldn't it work for you.? Or isn't it learning mode is within first 2 weeks only? You guys are giving me an assumptions that nest will ALWAYS be learning . In worst case scenario use your phone and simply turn it on, that way it might you can make it learn.....!

We all probably should give the test cases to Nest to come up with ALL possible scenarios Smilie

I had the 1st gen one, but returned due to it failing after couple of months and got the 2nd gen which haven't installed yet. We are out of town a lot almost every weekend and every time, we were to remember to adjust the temperAture when leaving, and one time, we forgot to adjust thermostat before leaving on a 7 day trip and that made us buy this. We could simply use our phone to control it. Whether it learns or not, just see if it works for your need.
I've had a 2nd gen for a few months. But I'm not always home on a regular schedule. I may be asked to come into work at the last minute (sometimes halfway through the day), or someone important might come into town and I'll be expected to go into work on a more regular basis. That changes often enough that the auto-away is the most useful feature on the nest for me. And yes when I travel for work or vacation I always forget to turn the thermostat off!
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#292
My buddy got these in his house and they raised his electric bills by $100s per month. Apparently these don't work well with Heat Pumps.
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#293
[edit]Sorry. Double post. Seems that the post timed out, but still posted. So when I hit back and posted again, it doubled up.[/edit]
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#294
It's now $189 on Amazon. [amazon.com] Only $10 more if anyone was still interested.
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Quote from imscott72 View Post :
Who wakes up in the middle of the night and grabs their phone to change the temp? Confused
So you are always 100% conformtable every night 365 days/yr? Unlink the uptopia that you live in, things change man. When the temp drops at night more than expected, sometimes we have to switch the A/C to heat?? 78 outside at 7pm requires some A/C. 2am 48 outside and we need some heat.

#Florida.
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Quote from wbj007 View Post :
My buddy got these in his house and they raised his electric bills by $100s per month. Apparently these don't work well with Heat Pumps.
Strange, i'm on a heat pump and my bills dropped by 15-25 a month over the last 13 months. ( Savings was higher on heating months -20-25$ as opposed to 10-15 on coolings months. I'm in Florida.
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Quote from cisach View Post :
Strange, i'm on a heat pump and my bills dropped by 15-25 a month over the last 13 months. ( Savings was higher on heating months -20-25$ as opposed to 10-15 on coolings months. I'm in Florida.

Same here. Heating bill tends to be higher than cooling thus greater savings.
I don't buy how Nest could cost you more. It is programmed to run more efficiently.
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Quote from wbj007 View Post :
My buddy got these in his house and they raised his electric bills by $100s per month. Apparently these don't work well with Heat Pumps.
He probably didn't wire it correctly.
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#299
If anyone still wants a 1st gen Nest, its now on sale at Lowes for $179 (thru 4/29/2013). Even with sales tax, if you use the 10% off coupons, its a little cheaper than Amazon had it...

And for everyone who is bashing this thread because of how pricey it is, how "useless" it may be or how it doesn't suit your needs, remember that every thread is not meant only for you! Maybe you don't feel the need to pay that much for something or you have absolutely no use for it, but there are a lot of people who's needs are different! If this isn't for you, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT THREAD and stop crapping on a product or on people who have different views - and the SAME goes for everyone who does like a product that others don't! WOW...its called respecting other people...!
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#300
The only thing my $50 programmable thermostat does not have are the sensors, which from my reading of reviews is not very effective.

I'm guessing these sensors would only work properly for one person living in a studio (or some kind of single room accommodation along with the thermostat)

Quote from sjames1 View Post :
Does your <$50 programmable thermostat have sensors in it that can tell when you're not home and turn itself off? Can you change the temperature or schedule remotely? Does it tell you when you're actually being efficient? Does it email you a monthly report?

There's a lot more value to the nest than meets the eye. It is WAY more than just a programmable thermostat.
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