By now you are probably familiar with the self-programmable thermostat. Last year, the Nest Learning Thermostat hit the market with great fanfare. After listening to all the feedback that they had received, the developers have now come out with a newer version that has addressed customer concerns like making the physical design 20% sleeker, and increased its compatibility with more systems making it work with nearly all a/c systems in the US and Canada.
What the device does, unlike other programmable thermostats, is that it programs itself. Each time you or a member of your family adjusts the ring on this device it remembers your habits and programs itself to adjust temperatures as you prefer them. With its Wi-Fi connection, you can also control it from your mobile device or computer. The device has a motion sensor, and after a period of time, will automatically adjust itself to stop heating or cooling an empty home. And for all the energy-saving lovers out there, this is a very cool feature. So, if you purchased the first gen Nest does that mean that you have to upgrade to the new one?
Not necessarily. Owners of the first generation device will be automatically, as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi, upgraded to the new 3.0 software. You will continue to enjoy a beautiful, intuitive device unlike any other on the market. Now, if you like new gadgets, or couldn’t purchase one in the past because it wasn’t compatible with your system, the second generation has addressed these concerns. Homes with more complicated systems will benefit more from the second generation’s customization feature for systems with humidifiers, dehumidifiers, two stage cooling, etc. It’s now also compatible with all Android tablets. It can also automatically switch from heat to cool mode in places where temperatures vary throughout the day. Its quality is worth the price, but if you need more than one for a two-zone system, it can get costly. It’s also easy to install, easy to use and looks beautiful in your home. If you have any questions about installation or compatibility, I am here to help.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com