REVIEW: Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat on the wall.
The Nest Thermostat on the wall.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – I love smart homes…oh my goodness I love them so much.

If I can control things with my watch or phone…you’ve won me over.

Verizon sent me the Nest Thermostat to check out.

I was excited to receive this…but a little nervous. It involves screwdrivers, connecting wires, and installation.

First thing is first…what is a Nest Thermostat?

It’s a sleek little dial that takes the place of your existing “dumb” thermostat that lets you set up routines and learns your lifestyle to keep the temperature in your home comfortable.

Before I proceed, let me tell you a few of the things I DON’T know how to do.

I don’t know how to change a tire, build a dresser, or change the oil in a car.

I’m not handy. My wife is the go-getter in our house.

All of that is just a long, drawn-out way of saying…if it’s not computer or software related, I can’t do it.

Well, this installation involved me unscrewing my old thermostat…taking all of the wires off..connecting new wires…and hoping it worked.

Guess what?

It’s easy! I did it in less than a half an hour. I used color coding and the included screwdriver and handled it like a boss!

Don’t let the installation scare you away from something that could ultimately be really awesome to have in your house.

Okay, back to using it. There is an app for your phone and Apple Watch that lets you adjust the temperature from where you are.

Let’s makes this real world, because that’s what I’m all about. Let’s say you are at your mother-in-law’s house in Paris, Illinois…and the temp outside drops…and maybe you don’t want to bring your eight-month-old baby home to a cold house.

I can turn the heat up, using my phone.

Are you laying in bed…and man…it got warm in your house? The heat is up too high. You don’t want to get out of bed…you are comfortable. That’s when you pull out your phone and adjust it without getting up.

Those are just a couple of totally random examples. I mean…okay, maybe those were things I did specifically. That aspect of it is really cool.

Here’s another really cool thing. I’ve had it installed for about a month. After a few weeks, it learns your routine. So, when I go to bed…I like it a little cooler in our house. I had to do that manually at first.

But after a couple of weeks, it knew what I wanted. All the sudden, I went to adjust the thermostat to 65…and…what the heck…it was already there. I asked my wife if she changed it…she didn’t. It learned our preferences.

Within the app, you can see your trends and energy consumption. Are you jacking up your electric bill with A/C? Or your gas bill with the heat? This will tell you.

The design is slick. It has a motion sensor. When you walk back…or near the Nest…it lights up, tell you where the temp is set and what the current temperature is in your house.

Now…there is a downside. This ain’t cheap. Yes, I used the word ain’t. No, I usually don’t use that word. I just liked the way it sounded in that sentence. Quiet.

I have to say too, I wish it used Homekit on my iPhone. If it did, you could tell Siri to set the temperature. “Hey Siri, set the temperature to 65.” Sadly, you can’t do that. Other thermostats on the market CAN do that.

Oh yeah…so the price. It’s $250. It’s a small investment. And it’s one that more than likely you don’t actually need.

You probably already have a thermostat in your home…and as cool as this is…$250 is a tough pill to swallow for something that’s just kind of cool.

Nest will tell you it will save you money on your electric bill over time. I can’t confirm that one way or another. It would take me a summer of having it to tell you if that is really true.

This falls into the same category of most smart home items. I love them, but they are super expensive.

If you have the money to spend and love the idea of controlling your home’s temp, go check this out. You’ll love it.