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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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#136
Great price for a Nest but still overpriced.
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#137
Does this one need a blue power wire? I have an old school one with a dial so there isn't any power connected to it.
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#138
Quote from warklantd View Post :
Great price for a Nest but still overpriced.
Wrong - I am convinced that in the (Texas) summers, it has saved me the price that I paid for it by being able to remotely turn off the AC and set many schedules.
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#139
Quote from jpatel330 View Post :
This is lukewarm at best. You can go on ebay and get a 2nd gen for $200-210. I think it is worth the extra $20-$30 to get the 2nd gen. The 2nd gen is much simpler to install and is compatible with more heating and cooling systems than the 1st gen. Make sure the 1st gen is compatible with your system before purchasing.
The first one is pretty darn simple to install. Don't know how the second one could be much easier?
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#140
Sounds cool but $180? My old school thermostat seems to work ok...
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#141
Just read about this company in the economist 2 weeks ago:

http://www.economist.com/news/tec...he-turning

Created by the same guy who made the iPod. Steve Jobs recruited the best people. I'd definitely get in on this if I had a house to put it in, lol.
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Quote from zhopa View Post :
The point of the thermostat is to control your AC/HEAT automatically to keep the temperature constant inside. So when it's nice inside, the thermostat will turn the heat off and when it's chilly inside, it will turn the heat on.
In this case, you're playing the role of the thermostat. Maybe that's what you call geek factor these days. bounce
Zhopa, dude... I think you missed his point. He said he "turned off the AC/HEAT". If he turned it off, I don't think it will turn itself back on. LMAO
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#143
Quote from JasonD18 View Post :
1) The point of every thermostat is to control the AC/heat. Turn the heat on when it gets too cold and turn the AC on when it gets too hot. The Nest doesn't break any new ground here.

2) The Nest is NOT designed to keep the house at a constant temperature. Most people either don't have or don't use a programmable thermostat, and do set what they have to a constant temp. This results in a lot of extra usage, such as the AC/heat running when nobody is home. The point of the Nest is to run only when necessary. Personally I used to keep the house at a constant 69F. Now that I have a Nest, I let the temp drop to 64F at night or when I'm not a home. Saves quite a bit of money.

3) The remote control feature of the Nest is one of it's biggest features and main selling points. Suppose your Nest has learned to heat your house to 70F by 5:30p when you get home from work. Suppose you leave early one day and would rather come home to a warm house rather than waiting until 5:30p for the heat to kick on. This is where the remote control feature is used.

4) You're SUPPOSED to adjust your Nest, either in person or remotely. The entire point of the Nest is that it learns your schedule and will learn to adjust itself accordingly. During the first two weeks or so, you adjust the temperature whenever you need to, such as leaving for work, coming home, night time, etc. The Nest will learn your behavior and begin to set it's own schedule based on that. Otherwise, you can just program a schedule into the Nest and never touch it again. However, this would be missing the point of a learning thermostat.

I've had my Nest (2nd gen) for about four months now and LOVE it. It's really made me conscious of how much I'm running my furnace. Also, the first two gas bills I've had since installing the Nest have been lower than the previous year, and not just by price, but by MCFs used. This despite the fact the average temperature has been lower this year than last. I expect to see similar results in the summer.

At this price, even for a 1st gen, I'd recommend one.
just want to point out that the last time i was at Home Depot, the cheapest programmable thermostat is cheaper than non-programmable ones...
that said, i have played with Nest and to me it seems like you pay fir the premium to not need to read the manual and set the programmable thermostat yourself. nothing wrong with that, but it does nothing more than a 7 day programmable thermostat which can be had for a quarter of the price.
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#144
We were given one of these for Christmas. Check out the company website to make sure it will work with your type of furnace. Ours was supposed to work. We installed it and it worked fine for the first day. The next day it somehow had our furnace and air conditioning running at the same time. The condenser in our heat pump was frozen solid. We returned the Nest and are happy with our programmable thermometer that we love.
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#145
is it easy to install?
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#146
Quote from cisach View Post :
I'm out of town 1 weekend a month with my wife. We love the fact that I dont have to remember to "set the thermostat" on that weekend. The once-in-a-while times where that was forgotten, the A/C ran the entire weekend and that was 20$ gone to waste. NO MORE! When I'm about an hour away from home, I turn it on from my iphone to whatever I want it to be when I get home.
I don't own one, but this is the appeal for me. We have very unpredictable schedules at home, so programmable thermostats are about useless. Sometimes I don't need climate control at 6pm, sometimes I need it at 2am. Time-based rules create a very uncomfortable and/or wasteful situation for us. I'm not sure the learning features would be all that useful, but the fact that I can modify the temp when I'm nowhere near the thermostat is pretty darned appealing.
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Quote from seanleeforever View Post :
just want to point out that the last time i was at Home Depot, the cheapest programmable thermostat is cheaper than non-programmable ones...
that said, i have played with Nest and to me it seems like you pay fir the premium to not need to read the manual and set the programmable thermostat yourself. nothing wrong with that, but it does nothing more than a 7 day programmable thermostat which can be had for a quarter of the price.
Does it 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?

The biggest plus for me is when I'm working and someone at homes decides it's too "hot" and cranks the thermostat way down, I can bust them and crank it back up! You can also lock the thing with a code so no one can override the program, but I'm not that mean! The nest is awesome and for me personally, has saved a considerable amount of money!! More than I ever would have imagined.

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is it easy to install?
Super easy to install. It even has a built in leveler for the mount!
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#148
Quote from Count_Chocula View Post :
my air conditioner was cheaper than that
I'm with you, Count. It must be nice to have so much money that you can spend $179 on a thermostat.
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Quote from dba_tech_99 View Post :
So you are saying this is not good for heat pumps? Seems like the same issue would exist for any other type of thermostat controlling a heat pump. If the temp drops more than 2 deg below the setting, the aux heat (heat strips) are automatically turned on. I have been setting my thermostat to shut down about 10deg lower when we are away during the day and about 7 deg lower at night during sleep. Would it just be better to run it all of the time at the same temp so the strips will not have to kick on during the phase to bring the temps back up to normal? Is there any way to get the heat pumps to ignore aux heat when the temp dips below more than 2 deg off the setting?
I have a similar setup and what I do is rather then going from 60 to 67 degeres I go from 60-62 then 62-64 and so slowly increasing the temp.
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#150
DUDE, when I own a home, im putting one of these in everything! thats so fricken sweet.
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