The Nest Learning Thermostat created a huge buzz when it was released in 2011, and it has now been updated and refreshed with the 2nd generation version, the Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577. It’s not hard to see why the Nest has proved so popular. It offers a host of smart performance features, including remote access via wi-fi and smartphone, in a beautifully-design package. Moreover, the Nest is a learning thermostat: it programs itself, over time, to create and maintain the climate in your home, just the way you like it. Yet, for all its capability and power, it is an extremely simple device to operate.
Nest learning thermostat wall-mounted
The Nest control unit, enclosed in a stylish stainless steel housing, can be set up and mounted to the wall in a convenient location in your home, typically in under 30 minutes. Once installed, the desired temperature can be easily set. Over the course of the first week, the Nest begins to learn your climate preferences, and automatically creates a custom schedule. As the seasons change, and your heating and cooling requirements vary, the Nest adapts and reprograms itself to keep the climate just as you like it. Using on-board activity sensors, the Nest can even sense when nobody is home, and automatically adjusts the temperature for maximum energy saving.
The Nest 2nd generation learning thermostat is a stylish addition to any decor
The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to your home Wi-Fi, allowing it to be controlled from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can make adjustments to your home temperature, or change its schedule, or access a detailed energy history, from anywhere.
There are a host of features which add to the energy-saving capabilities of the Nest. Airwave, for example, will turn off your air-conditioning, but keep the fans running for a few minutes, maintaining comfort levels while reducing energy use. SystemMatch automatically turns on and off specific features of your heating and cooling system to keep climate at preferred levels at minimum energy levels. The system also includes a unique Nest Leaf display, which lets you know when you are making energy-saving decisions, such as choosing an energy-efficient temperature, encouraging you to make choices which will significantly impact your utilities bill.
Once a month, the Nest generates a detailed summary of its performance. The Nest Energy History allows you to see at a glance a comprehensive breakdown of your energy use.
The entire Nest Thermostat experience has been thought through with an impressive eye to detail. The unit itself is eye-catching and a complement to any decor. Build quality is superb. From the “Apple-like” packaging, to the custom designed wall-mounted screws which wil hold and bind in any material, this is a product which has been created to change the entire way we think about the humble thermostat.
Thermostats are not supposed to be sexy, but the Nest Learning Thermostat certainly defies that convention. This is a superbly designed device which offers tremendous advantages for the homeowner in managing their energy budget. It’s not often that a product that looks this good can also help to reduce costs, and benefit the environment.
At a Glance:
Game-changing design with ambitious plans.
Pros & Cons:
Brilliantly conceived and realised design throughout
Extremely easy to install, set-up and use
Excellent user experience
Some potential technical issues to watch out for, including compatibility
Not perfect, but with overall design as impressive as this, a few minor flaws can be overlooked.