dealsnest learning thermostat - 1st generation for…

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This is a great deal for a Nest. The cheapest price I've seen for months. I have the 2nd generation, but the 1st generation runs the same platform/firmware. The only real difference is the design and depth of the thermostat. My favorite feature of the Nest is being able to remotely change and check the temperature on my Android, (wife's) iPhone, or computer. Can always ensure the house is warm by the time I get home from work. My house is water radiation, with no central A/C so this has been the first winter with the Nest. Have noticed my heating bills coming down about $15-20 per bill.

Great product, definitely recommend it.

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There is a pretty decent review from CNET's Always On regarding this item. It looks pretty cool.

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Looks cool but very hard to justify that kind of money when programmable thermostats are so cheap. You can get a good one for $50 and then you have to decide is having the option of looking at the thermostat from your phone worth an extra $100+ on the rare case that you have to change the dial before you get home or just wait the 15min when you get home and change it then.

I would be in if the Nest was $100 each, at $200 it's just a no go.

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@zapp brannigan: Exactly, for roughly 40 bucks at Home Depot you can get a high quality Honeywell that will just about save you the same amount of money except not allow you to control it from your phone. Hard to justify the added cost unless you are too lazy to spend the 5 minutes to program your 40 dollar thermostat or you live in some extreme climate where adjusting the temperature away from home is required. When you remember that this is something that serves no purpose other than making your living space more comfortable for about 10 minutes. It seems that the 130 bucks can be better spent somewhere else.

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Dave, what are you doing, Dave? I determine the optimal temperature.

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I have the 2nd gen nest and love it! Programs itself and automatically turns the temps down when we are not home to help save money. Even uses the home WiFi to watch the weather outside so it knows when to turn off the heat/air if warm or cold fronts are coming through. Also I love the monthly energy report we get to tell us more about how our home is using energy.

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The first generation has been on sale at Lowes. I bought 2 of them, one for each of my homes. When installing the one in my Florida home, I realized I needed the second generation of something called "Emergency Heat" (who knew). It was not on sale and is $249.00, so this is a good deal for the first generation. This is an AMAZING thermostat which I highly recommend. Customer phone support is A+.

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@itsseitz: The nest uses a light sensor to tell if someone is in the room or not and programs according. If your thermostat is not in a traffic location it will not be able to get a good reading of when you are away or home. My 8 year old programmable thermostat is set to turn on heat an hour before I wake up and turn off 30min after I leave for work, turns on an hour before I come home and then turns off at 9pm.

What value would the Nest have for me? It's doing exactly what the nest does. Then I read that it's made by iPhone/iPod developer and then I realized it's the iPhone of thermostats. Pass

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A great thermostat for forgetful people who don't always live their lives according to a set schedule. Surprise shopping trip, and you left the A/C on? No problem, Nest will detect that you're away and adjust accordingly. While a "traditional" programmable thermostat is useful for robots who do the exact same thing at the exact same time every day, the Nest allows a little more wiggle room for real humans whose plans sometimes change.

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@zapp brannigan: You must not be married to someone who is constantly cold. Many blessings upon you and your family’s supreme blood circulation.

Joking aside, I have tried two different programmable thermostats recently which both suffered from the same problem: they kept forgetting their schedules. Was a pain to have to reprogram these every so often, not to mention wasteful of energy by the time you realized it. I like that the interface on the product, online, and by phone Apps all work seamless and are simple to use. Plus they report back a good deal of information.

@bigray57: I agree with the customer phone support. Very helpful. The online community forums are also very responsive.

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@idontkn1: agreed, its seems like a whole lot of money for the ability to control my thermostat from your phone when an automatic programmable one is cheap.

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@timmymac23: I'm always cold but that's why I set it at 71 and forget it. I've had two different program able thermostats and none reset themselves are you sure the grounds were good? By all means spend your money but you will not save enough to justify the added cost. I bet the difference would be less than a dollar a month if you have a good program that works for you.

That thing would turn the heat on at my house when I come home for work for lunch which is wasteful when I'd only be there for a half hour or any other time you come in and out. Will it see my horse of a dog as a person and turn the heat on?

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@timmymac23: You got so mad at my reply to you that you then went and down voted all of my posts. Wow you are special

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@zapp brannigan: Thanks for the info! So if the stat is in the living room and I'm in my office for hours, apparently this thing is going to freeze me out.

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@zapp brannigan: No mad, just didn't agree. Sorry, mean nothing personal.