Review: Nest Learning Thermostat

The version 2.0 of the Nest Learning Thermostat has been out for a bit now, and it’s been in the vanguard of the connected home. Nest was started by some former Apple people, and it shows in the simplicity of the device.

Andrew, one of our colleagues at the radio station, recently installed one, and we wanted to know what he likes best about it. He remarked that the best thing about it was that it learns your schedule, and would turn on about an hour before he got home to warm the house. He noted that with the recent cold snap, that was particularly appreciated.

Nest has a YouTube video on how to install it yourself, but you have to be at least a little handy. If you have the normal forced air furnace plus air conditioning, it should be pretty straightforward. If you’re not handy, or have a more complex system, Nest’s website will direct you to a local HVAC contractor who will put it in for a hundred bucks additional. The Nest itself is $249.

Nest also has a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm…the Next Protect. If you’re not crazy about gadgets from former Apple people, you should know that Google is also testing a web connected thermostat, according to slashdot.

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