Nest Learning Thermostat

One of the most exciting parts of buying a house last year was knowing that I could finally start building the “smart home” I’ve dreamt about for quite some time! For some reason, I haven’t talked about tech too much on the blog, but in real life, it’s something I talk about quite a bit! This year I’m going to start sharing more of my passion for tech and all the fun gadgets – especially as I continue to build my collection of smart home things.

In Friday’s Fun Findings post, I mentioned the Nest Learning Thermostat as one of my faves. I wanted to talk about it a little more in depth today since it’s a product I’ve been using daily since I got it for my birthday in June (thanks mom and dad)!

What is the Nest Learning Thermostat?

If you haven’t heard of the Nest Learning Thermostat, here’s a quick overview. It’s a “smart” thermostat, which hooks up to your home’s AC/heat unit, and helps you save energy, which means saving money! Some of the big features (a.k.a. what sold me on it):

  • Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down to “eco” (energy saving temp) when nobody’s home
  • Remote Control: Thermostat is connected to Wi-Fi, enabling you to control the temperature from your phone, wherever you are
  • Farsight: When you walk by, Nest detects your presence and lights up (great for nighttime), displaying the temperature, time, or weather
  • Auto-Schedule: Nest learns your temperature preferences (e.g. cooler at night) and programs itself
  • Energy History: View your energy usage/temp history in the app
  • Works with Amazon Alexa*: You can check your thermostat temp or change it via voice control with Amazon Alexa (new cool feature for me since I just got an Amazon Echo!)

Nest Thermostat

Installation

In true “tech geek” fashion, I wanted to tear the box open and install it right away. But since installation involves wires and dealing with electric stuff, it seemed kind of intimidating. I looked into getting someone to come out and install it but the $125ish price tag wasn’t something I was wanting to shell out. So after reading up on the install process and watching a couple YouTube videos, I felt confident that it was a task we could handle on our own.

The installation process took about 20 minutes and we only had one hiccup (more on that in the next section)! I’m really glad we decided to install ourselves too because we were able to put that $125 toward other home improvement projects! I promise it’s not as intimidating as it looks!

Here’s how the install process works:

  1. Watch Nest’s “how to” video to make sure you’re comfortable with the process, which is actually super easy!
  2. Remove the face of the old (existing) thermostat from the wall
  3. CRITICAL STEP: Take a photo of the placement of the wires in your existing thermostat 
  4. Turn the power to your system off (or in my paranoid self’s case, the entire house)
  5. Remove the wires from the old thermostat and label them with the stickers in the Nest instruction manual. Then remove the old thermostat entirely.
  6. Mark the wall position of the Nest thermostat and install the trim plate/Nest base
  7. Connect the wires to the Nest
  8. Pop the Nest display (thermostat) in
  9. Turn your power back on and go through the device setup

Any Issues? Call Customer Support

After we finished installing the thermostat, we couldn’t wait to switch the power back on to get the AC going (setting this up in the middle of the day in the FL summer heat is rough), only when we did, we found heat blowing out of the air vent! We immediately put a call into the Nest support line and I think it’s safe to say, received the BEST customer service from a brand, EVER.

To diagnose the problem, the support agent sent me an email and asked that I reply to it with the before and after pictures of the wire configuration and was immediately able to diagnose the problem, which just required us moving a single wire from one spot to another. As a follow-up, the agent also sent over some additional reading material in case we were interested in learning a little more about the interworkings of the AC system since the details were totally new to us!

Overall Thoughts on the Nest Learning Thermostat

So after 6+ months with the Nest Learning Thermostat what do I think? Totally loving it, guys! As with every tech gadget, the price isn’t “cheap,” by any means, but I think it’s well worth investing in one! This model runs about $250 (Amazon’s currently running a special on the white one for $200), but in my opinion is a must-have for any homeowner!

What do you think of the Nest Learning Thermostat? Are you a fan of smart home products?

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  • My boyfriend’s aunt works for them and offered to get us one! They sound amazing, but unfortunately, I live in an apartment so it wouldn’t work. I still want one though!

    • How cool! Such a bummer that you can’t get one yet (it killed me when I was living in an apartment and wanting one too lol), but it’s totally worth the wait!

  • This sounds like a really cool product and so cool you were able to install it yourself!

    • It’s awesome! And I’m so happy they made the installation process so easy!

  • I worked at Best Buy for a while and really loved looking at the smart home stuff. Technology sure has come a long way!

    • Oh I bet you saw so many cool things! Every time I go in there, there’s a ton of new tech gadgets and it’s so exciting! I wish I could just scoop them all up!

  • I’m obsessed with my Alexa (I have all the smart outlets around my apartment) and am dying to get a nest. Maybe for my birthday?? A girl can dream!

    • I just got one for Christmas and am already wanting to add a second for upstairs in my house, haha. And YES! All the smart home things are on my wish list too :)

  • thesophiadiaries

    this is interesting! never heard of this before, but sounds like something that would be good for someone starting a family :)

    • It’s such a cool product! I highly recommend it for all homeowners!

  • I definitely want to look into getting one of these. My husband is huge into tech stuff, we tease him that he’s going to make our home so smart it’s going to kill us, haha. We just got the Alexa and it’s really neat that you can sync it to wifi enabled outlets to control turning things on and off!

    • I feel like I’m in the same boat, haha. I got an Alexa for Christmas and can’t wait to get the smart lights/outlets to do that too. It’s so fun!

  • This seems cool! It definitely seems like something I’d like to get in the future.

    -Carine
    http://www.rinnyandbean.com

  • Looks an awesome device to have. Great you could trouble shoot and have great customer relations service. Worth all the money to have that! What is your next purchase planned?

    http://www.deborahhunterkells.com

    • Its been fantastic! My tech wish list is forever growing, but I think I’m looking at getting the smart bulbs next. I love the idea of being able to control the lights from my phone + change the color of the lighting! Are there any products you’re interested in?

  • Sounds like a handy little gadget! I have never heard of these :)

  • My aunt has one of these thermostats and I always think it’s so cool how she can control the temperature of her house from her phone while she’s sitting in my living room! I can see myself buying one of these in the future; they’re kind of pricey but I think they come with a good amount of energy savings!

    Hannah | the swirl

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve heard of this! I live in an apartment building so my thermostat is part of the building system right now, but this sounds great for home owners.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • We’ve been wanting one of these but we still live in an apartment so it will be awhile from now that we’re able to get one but I can’t wait haha

  • We just purchased one, but haven’t installed it yet! I have it on our to do list for this weekend. We were able to get $125 back in rebates from our energy and gas companies, which is awesome!

  • This sounds and looks amazing!!! love new tech!

  • I’m so glad you’re loving the Nest! I had one in my old apartment and wish I still did! It is just so easy to control things from afar when I forget!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • Karoline J.

    Haha that looks great! I have the Amazon Alexa at home, but dont really know how to get her more involved (than playing music) into my household!

  • I think the nest is SO cool!!

  • TheBlondeLifestyle

    I love techie things, and I would love to have this in my house!

  • I’ve heard so many great things about this product! I love the idea of an eco mode.
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

  • Laila

    That’s one fancy thermostat! I would love to have something like this in my future house because I also really enjoy the whole “smart house” idea!

  • Tori Dunlap

    I’ve heard great things about a thermostat like this, and when I get my own place, I would absolutely love one!
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

    • It’s fantastic! Definitely keep it in mind when you get your own place. I was eyeing it for a couple years and it’s lived up to the hype!

  • Azanique

    This is so cool! I love smart home products :)

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • I want one of these so bad! We are working on creating a “smart home” as well, and we have a couple Amazon Echos and smart plugs. Maybe this will have to be our next big purchase!

  • This sounds awesome! My Mom would love one of these for our house!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

    • It’s a fantastic product! A must-have for all homeowners!

  • I’m definitely interested in trying this. I’m going to save this post for later… but YES to taking a picture of wires. I made that mistake when I took down our chandelier and replaced it. LOL

  • We’ve been super interested in trying this!! Unfortunately, we currently live in military housing so we can’t use it in our current home. But we’ll be buying later this year and this is at the top of my wish list!

  • Logan Elizabeth Abbott

    Where in Florida do you live that it’s hot right now?? I live up in Jacksonville and it’s been absolutely freezing haha! Once I own my own home I’m definitely looking into adding “smart” upgrades to it though, it just makes everything more convenient! But for now I’ll have to deal with my crappy apartment thermostat lol

    Logan | signedlogan.com