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Nest Smart Thermostat: What You Should Know

Smart Thermostat Advantages

The reasons people love their smart thermostats center around savings, safety, comfort and convenience. To start with, smart thermostats such as the Nest Thermostat E and the Nest Learning Thermostat can lower your bills by regulating your energy consumption, keeping you comfortable when you and your family members are at home, and turning themselves down when you're away. Sensors and algorithms are able to keep track of your schedule to match your heating and cooling needs, plus you can control the temperature from anywhere with the Nest app on your smartphone. This means more comfort, less waste and less expense. And finally, just like with smart lights, you may be eligible for credits or rebates from your energy provider, delivering additional savings.

Which Nest Thermostat Is Best for You?

Nest introduced the first smart thermostat in 2011, and continues to lead the pack as an innovator today, in large part due to the company's emphasis on effortless use and elegant design. Once you decide to go with a Nest thermostat, your next consideration is whether a Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat or a Nest Thermostat E will best suit your needs. Both offer convenient, secure and reliable Wi-Fi capabilities; both let you control the temperature from anywhere with the app; both promote energy conservation when you're away; and both let you review your energy history and usage with real-time reports. Additionally, both models allow scheduling, and they both learn as you use them. Differences center on style and one special feature. The Nest Thermostat E has a frosted display that enables it to blend into your home decor, while the Nest 3rd Generation is thin and sleek with a stainless steel ring. Additionally, the Nest 3rd Generation offers you Farsight, a feature that uses a built-in far-field sensor to wake up the thermostat when it detects your presence and display the temperature, target temperature, time, or weather and forecast at a glance.

One final consideration is compatibility. The Nest Thermostat E is compatible with most 24V, single-stage heating/cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal. The Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat is compatible with nearly all 24V heating and cooling systems, including 1-, 2- and 3-stage heating, 1- and 2-stage cooling, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, fans, and heat pumps with auxiliary and emergency heat.

Other Nest Thermostat Considerations

Another benefit of the Nest Smart Thermostat is the option for integration with other Nest products, like Nest Protect smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Once integrated, the two systems automatically communicate, and the thermostat will shut off as needed to help prevent your furnace from aggravating a situation, and prevent smoke from spreading.

Additionally, you can use voice control with a voice assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to tell your Nest Thermostat to raise or lower the heat — similar to how you can use it with a Nest camera if you want to watch the live security video from your indoor and outdoor cameras.

Finally, according to Nest, installing your new thermostat is usually simple, depending on the heating/cooling system you have (some systems have complicated wiring and setup), but always know that Geek Squad® is ready, willing and able to help you with your Nest thermostat installation, as well as integration with your other Nest systems.