Moving Thermostats Into The Future With Ease
There are numerous names that spring to mind when reviewing this model of thermostat. I am sure once you have read all the features that the Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation T200577 has, that you will feel the same way. There are so many features that come with this model that it was hard to come up with a main one to place in the title of the review! You will soon see what I mean. I will be honest, I may not be the most tech savvy person on the planet, but my husband is amazing at stuff like this and he was super excited with this model.
We went together to purchase a new thermostat and my husband instantly fell in love with all the features and extras that the Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation T200577 has. He was eager to get it home and try it out. Granted, it wasn’t the cheapest thermostat on the market, but you know how the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. We paid for it and we went straight home to install it.
Below I will go into some of the wonderful features and extras that this model of thermostat comes with. I have never seen a thermostat with so many in my life and it literally made my husband giddy with joy. He was like a kid on Christmas waiting to open presents.
Modern Looking and Modern Colors
If you are into the new modern look, this is definitely the best thermostat for you. The designer has thoroughly thought of a modernized, creative look for it and allows you options like having the backlight come on when you adjust the dial or even when someone walks by it! It is motion activated if you choose! To us, this was a huge bonus as all you have to do is glance at it as you walk by to check the temperature in your house without being required to stop and look or turn on a light. Your choice of colors are amazing as well. If you have your thermostat set to run for air conditioning, it will have a blue back light. If you have your thermostat set to run for heating your home, it will have an orange back light. If the thermostat is not turned on at all, it will have a black backlight with text in white.
Trainable and Teachable
This thermostat is amazing in its ability to be trained or taught. It may take a little bit, but it is well worth the wait. This can assist in controlling your thermostat easy as pie. You will have to be patient for about a week. Keep in mind that by a week, I mean a week of using your thermostat continuously. You may modify the temperature of your home during the day while you are at work and change it at night when you get home. Many will change it once again when they get ready for bed. After a week of continuously modifying the temperatures to match how you want your home to be, the thermostat will learn your habits and be programmed to do it on its own.
Even if you have a night that you change the temperature, it will not upset the modification. It will keep itself programmed to your regular settings. In order to modify the temperature settings to different temperatures, you will have to re-select the temperatures and allow your thermostat to learn the new modifications. If you are always going back and forth from heat to cool, your system will have a very difficult time in learning your habits. You also have the option of turning it to a regular thermostat if you find that you don’t like it modifying your temperature for you or you just find it too technologically advanced.
A True Energy Saver
On top of having a teachable mode, it also comes with the icon of the green leaf. The green leaf is on the thermostat and the application. You will be able to see this icon when the back light is on. Whenever the green leaf appears, you can be sure you are saving energy. By watching when this leaf appears, you will be taught when you can save energy, not to mention, money. Your application will also give you a history of your energy use and allows you to see the length you used the air conditioning or the heater. It can help you to become more energy efficient.
The Auto Away Feature
This thermostat also comes with a feature known as auto away. What this amounts to is if you do not walk past your thermostat for approximately two hours, it will figure you are not at home and switch into auto away mode. It will also adjust if you have someplace to go on certain nights. It will train itself to turn to auto mode in thirty minutes instead of two hours. The only negative part of the auto away feature is if you have installed your thermostat in a part of your home that is not walked through frequently. This will make it not pick up motion and put itself right into auto away mode. If this is the case, switch the feature off.
Installing Your New Thermostat
This can be a daunting task for a lot of people. If it weren’t for my husband, it would have been for me, however, the makers of this thermostat have tried to make installation as easy as possible. If you are just putting your new thermostat in place on an old one, it is very simple. You will just remove the older one, install the base plate, make sure you connect the wires and plug it in to the main unit’s base. That is all there is to it. You don’t even have to program the thermostat with the type of system you own. This thermostat is compatible with approximately 95% of all types of systems that are on the market today. With a little bit of internet research, you can make sure your system is compatible prior to driving out to purchase this product.
Wi-Fi Internet and Application
Being able to modify your temperature in your house is essential. Making sure that your family is warm enough or cool enough is an important part of having a thermostat. After you have installed your Nest thermostat, I would suggest connecting it to Wi-Fi internet on your laptop, phone, or tablet. The application is compatible with all iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Once you have downloaded the application, you will have access to many features that will assist you in controlling your system, even when you are not at home. The application will give you a monthly statement report of your energy use to assist you in saving more energy and more money.
Other Key Features
Having the Wi-Fi feature installed allows you the freedom to never have to search for or accept to have an update downloaded ever again. You application will always be up to date with the latest version and the coolest new features that are available to you. Having the option of checking the last ten days of energy use with the press of a button can be quite helpful, or turning off auto mode when you know you are on your way home and setting it so your house is the right temperature when you get there. This thermostat is amazing in all its features.
I know I have given you a lot to think about and a lot of awesome features to dream over. My husband is over the moon with ours and I will admit, since he installed it, I am in love with it too. I would say if you are purchasing this for an older couple, you may want to stop and think of how they view technology. I know my Grandmother sticks to her old ways and won’t even use a cellular phone, so I know she would never want to use something such as this thermostat. She would come up with some excuse about not being able to work it when it is a very simple and easy system. For those that are ready for moving forward with technology, this is a great product. It is the most simple to program, as it does it by itself. Sooner or later, everything we use will be up to this type of modernized technology. The use of this thermostat can definitely help you to control your energy use. I also compared the Nest Learning Thermostat Vs the Honeywell Smart Thermostat.
This assists with saving money, energy, and most importantly our planet. Also, if you have a house of teenagers that are continually changing the temperature on you but refusing to fess up to it, this allows you to know when it happened and you might be able to catch the culprit by who was home at that time. I know that used to be an issue in our home, but no more. In my opinion, I could never go back to a normal thermostat. This thermostat is the best thing I have ever used and I have trouble hooking a television, cable box, and DVD player up together. So, that shows how simple this system is to use. There is also tech support if you ever find yourself in need. I know there are other smart thermostats on the market, however, I believe this one blows all the others out of the water with all the options that it offers to you and with its ease of use.