Category: Nest

No C-wire? Install a Nest thermostat at your own risk

Nest says you don’t need a C-wire – until you do. Read enough Nest reviews and you’ll eventually spot a common theme: Nests sometimes fail in systems without a C-wire. We were curious about these seemingly “random” Nest failures, so we called a few local HVAC companies and asked them for their off-the-cuff opinion on…
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Crunching the numbers: 3rd-party projects and alternative ways to analyze your Ecobee or Nest data

Ecobee and Nest both offer emailed monthly data reports containing information such as how many minutes your system ran, whether it was heating or cooling, etc., but the reports don’t give as much nitty-gritty detail as many users would like (and you have to wait at least a month to get them). Fortunately, a few independent projects…
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Review: Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen.) keeps pace with the competition

Our Nest Learning Themorsta (3rd gen.) rating: Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen.) at a Glance What it is: the award-winning, category-defining Nest Learning Thermostat hardly needs an introduction these days. Installation is designed to be simple and quick, and once set up, the Nest can (in theory) “learn” your schedule and preferences with minimal input from…
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Nest Temperature Sensor review: smart accessory enhances control over home’s temp

Nest owners, rejoice! With the new Nest Temperature Sensor, your Nest can take (and use) a temperature reading from somewhere else in your home! This new sensor is a small, wireless, battery powered “puck” about 2″ in diameter. It can be used with the Nest Thermostat E and the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen. only). It’s sold…
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Comparison: ecobee3 lite vs. Nest Thermostat E – budget versions sacrifice accessory support but keep almost everything else

Last year, two of the best-known brands launched budget-friendly versions of their flagship smart thermostat models. The ecobee3 lite and the Nest Thermostat E pack most of what we love about their full-featured versions into beautifully designed “lite” versions. Both models come with an MSRP of $169, which is great news for the budget-conscious shopper…
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Review: Nest Thermostat E brings beauty and brains at a budget-friendly price

Our Nest Thermostat E rating: The Nest Thermostat E at a glance Quick Summary A little more affordable, reduced accessory support, attractive frosted design.   Known formally as the Nest Thermostat E, the “Nest E” is a fantastic update to the Nest family of smart home products. It fills the “under $200” niche that competitors Ecobee and…
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Nest Thermostat E unboxing and early look

Today we’re getting our first hands-on look at the new Nest Thermostat E! What’s new: The E’s $169 MRSP is well below the Nest’s usual price-point of $250, which makes it a) Nest’s first entry into the “below $200” category of smart thermostats and b) a direct competitor to one of our favorites, the ecobee…
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Nest 3rd gen: what’s new, and is it worth upgrading?

Google’s third generation Nest hardware hit stores just in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at what’s new. What’s new with the 3rd generation Nest? Not a whole lot. The most noticeable updates over the second generation Nest model are: The display is noticeably…
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Nest 4.3 software update adds more data to display, other improvements

Good news for Nest owners: the 4.3 software update (rolling out this week) is adding more information to the display, improving the auto-scheduling feature, and adding a system test mode. Quick View The Nest’s interface got a big revamp in response to customer requests (and probably market competition – the Ecobee3 and the Honeywell Lyric both featured more on-screen…
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Nest Learning Thermostat advantages over Honeywell Wi-Fi RTH9580WF

Welcome to our two-part series comparing the advantages of the popular Nest Learning Thermostat over the well-designed Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat. These two competitors are leading the race for control over your home’s furnace, and the one that’s right for you comes down to your personal preferences. Both the Nest and the Honeywell Wi-Fi are similarly…
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