Nest Learning Thermostat is a Remarkable Device

Wow. Just wow.

I follow the technology- and Apple-centric news sites and blogs, so of course I’ve been hearing about the Nest Learning Thermostat for a while. I really hadn’t given serious thought to getting one until about a week ago, when my home thermostat lost touch sensitivity on the middle third of the touch display. The result was that on heat or cool I could only reduce the temperature setting — not increase it. Well, that just isn’t going to cut it.

So, I went to the Nest website and started reading. In about three minutes, I found their online wiring interactive, where you indicate the terminals on your existing thermostat that have wires connected and they tell you whether your system is compatible with the Nest. Mine was, as are most.

Then I noticed that they have an Installation video online, so I watched it. I must admit I was a little surprised to learn that you don’t have to be an electrician to install one of these things — they demystified the process and made it truly simple. So, I ordered one.

When it arrived, I opened the box and was further surprised, and impressed, that everything I needed to remove the old thermostat and install the Nest was right there in the box! Seriously, from wire labels to the screwdriver(s), everything I needed was in the box.

About twenty minutes later (I could easily do it in 5-10 minutes now) I was connecting the Nest to my home Wi-Fi and downloading the iOS app (there’s also an Android app).

And the Nest is even easier to use.

This is, without question, the most impressive (non-Apple) product I’ve purchased or used in a number of years. Well done, Nest.

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