My thermostat Broke. AC was getting stuck ON, or stuck OFF.
I looked into replacement thermostats, and found one that is super overkill, but nerdy, which I decided I must have.
Since I have an older house (1977) I had to make sure it was compatible with my furnace/AC system. (It is!)
So now, I present to you: NEST.
I went over WHY I wanted the nest in a previous post... But i'll be straight up:
This is 50% toy, 50% energy saving thermostat.
It does, however have the potential to save energy for anyone. Its just a very premium thermostat, that also looks amazing as well, rather than having a white VCR-Like LCD control system in your living room. This is a sleek little black and brushed steel circle that only lights up when you walk directly toward it.
The slick look isn't just in the wall, but also the packaging:
It includes ALL you need to install the nest:
- Multi Tip Magnetic screw driver (Really nice! I'm keeping this for computer work!)
- 2 snazzy drywall screws
- Back Plate
- Wall Plate
- Box Mount
- The Nest Unit itself
- The directions I completely ignored.
I did use the face-plate, so I could hide the lines caused by years of painting around the Old thermostat. I debated sanding this down (I actually DID sand it down) but realized I was going to need to some putty and a scraper, and then repaint... and then I eralized they had painted over wall paper... *facepalm*
It required a lot of work, and I've never had to do this where it really mattered (I've done it in warehouses, Homeless shelters... but not in a living room that would be under constant scrutiny) so I did touch up the paint a bit and decided to use the face-plate, which was optional. (But if you can avoid using the face-plate, It looks better without it, In my Opinion, as the nest reflects the color of your wall and blends in)
Make sure your wires don't fall into your wall, or you're going to have a good long session of curse words as you try and fish them out again. (thankfully I avoided this. You might want to wrap the wires around a pencil to help with this.)
push the into the properly labeled holes. (G for green, Rh for Red ( h is for hot, as in live power with 24 volts), etc.
Tada! Completely installed, with Minimal to no bloodshed!
When it fires up, it goes through a super simple setup, which you control by tapping the screen and rotating the dial. (the dial feels like a really expensive volume dial on a stereo system)
- Age of your house (for Insulation purposes)
- Type of heat/cooling (gas, Oil, Electric, etc)
- Any other Thermostats in the house?
- Wifi network and password
- and then gets you to set the temperature via a little wizard.