About the Google Nest Thermostat
A sleek, budget-friendly smart thermostat
A sleek, budget-friendly smart thermostat
Nest's smart thermostats have always had a design-friendly look and a robust feature set. Happily, the new Google Nest Thermostat continues this trend, and it does it at their most economical price point yet. Plus this model has an eye-catching mirrored display with an interface you can easily navigate using the touch-sensitive strip on the outer ring.
The Google Nest Thermostat offers several decor-friendly color options and an attractive mirrored display.
The Google Home app on your mobile device will walk you through everything from removing your old thermostat to installing the new one with the included hardware.
Scheduling is similar to the traditional thermostat system you might be used to — you program when you're at home, away, and asleep, then you select the temperature you want for each situation. But you do it all right from within the app, which is so much easier than stabbing the same buttons over and over on an old thermostat interface.
Smart features that save energy
The Google Nest Thermostat also works a lot harder — or smarter — than a traditional thermostat. For example, if your schedule is variable, you can enable Home & Away Routines. This feature of the Google Home app will use your phone's location to determine if you're home or away, and it will adjust the temperature accordingly.
Of course, you can also use the app to turn the temp up or down anytime you like, from wherever you are. Or if you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device, you can simply ask for the temperature you want.
I'm terrible about remembering to change my HVAC filter, so I love that the Google Home app can send you reminders when it's time to do that. The app also gives you suggestions for energy-saving temperatures. The energy dashboard shows your energy usage over time so you can see what a difference even a one-degree temperature change can make.
Independent studies show that Nest Thermostat users save an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.
- smart thermostat with built-in sensors for motion, temperature, humidity, and ambient light
- 2.4-inch LCD display with mirrored glass lens
- navigate device interface with touch-sensitive strip on right side
- free Google Home mobile app for Apple® and Android™ for easy setup and operation:
- adjust the temperature from anywhere
- create a schedule and program presets for comfort, eco, and sleep
- enable Home & Away routines and app will use your phone's location to automatically adjust thermostat
- spot potential problems with HVAC system monitoring
- energy-saving suggestions
- get reminders to change your HVAC filters
- compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control
- Google account and Wi-Fi® required
- dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n) Wi-Fi compatibility
- easy installation using included base plate with built-in level and two screws
- (optional trim plate available separately)
- powered by HVAC power with battery backup (two "AAA")
- ENERGY STAR® certified
- works with 85% of heating/cooling systems (check for compatibility)
- will not work with high-voltage systems
- 3-5/16" diameter x 1-1/8" depth
- weight: 4.9 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # GA02081-US
What's in the box:
- Nest Thermostat (charcoal)
- 2 "AAA" batteries (installed)
- Base plate
- 2 Mounting screws (Length 1-9/16")
- Welcome Home
- Setup card
- Safety/Warranty/Regulatory Guide
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More details on the Google Nest Thermostat
Overview: The Google Nest Thermostat can help lower your heating and cooling costs by simply learning your schedule and living habits. You can install it yourself, or have it professionally installed. The Nest Thermostat programs itself in about a week to create a personalized schedule, based on the temperature changes you've made. The thermostat is ENERGY STAR® certified for its energy-saving features. When connected to your home's Wi-Fi network, you can control it with your smartphone or tablet, or with your voice using Amazon's Alexa or Hey Google voice assistants.
Note: Third-party researchers have determined that, on average, Nest reduces your heating bill by about 10%-12%, and your cooling bill by about 15%, according to Nest.
Design: The Nest Thermostat is an easy-to-use thermostat with a touch bar along the right edge for changing the mode or temperature. Running your finger up or down along the right edge will raise or lower the temperature setting. Tapping the right side of the thermostat opens the menu, allowing you to choose heating, cooling, heating and cooling, or off. The thermostat features a 2.4" LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, and a mirrored glass lens. The display shows you the temperature in large, easy-to-read numerals. The thermostat comes with a base plate for connecting your HVAC system's wires. An optional trim plate is available from Google Nest to cover cosmetic imperfections from your old thermostat. When mounted, Nest protrudes from the wall only 1.152". The Nest Thermostat comes in four colors: Snow, Sand, Fog, and Charcoal.
Installation: The Nest Thermostat works with about 85% of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar, and geothermal systems. Replacing your system's thermostat with Nest requires connecting up to six small-gauge wires by color code, or labeled by function with the supplied labels. The base has spring-loaded tabs for connecting the wires and a built-in level for proper installation with the included hardware. If you're not comfortable with installing it yourself, you can have it professionally installed by a Nest Pro in your area.
Note: If your old thermostat is labeled 110V, 120V or 240V, has thick, stranded wires with wire nuts, or has stranded wires, your system is high voltage and is not compatible with Nest.
Wi-Fi Remote Control: The Nest Thermostat should be connected to your home's Wi-Fi network, allowing it to be accessed remotely by laptop, smartphone, or tablet from anywhere with an Internet connection. You will need to set up a Nest Account, and download the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet in order to securely access and control your Nest products. When the Nest Thermostat is connected to Wi-Fi, it will automatically receive software updates. With your Nest Account, you can manage up to 20 Nest products per home. The free Nest app is available from the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad (iOS 12.0 or later), and from Google Play for Android devices (Android 5.0 and up).
Sensors: The Nest Thermostat has internal sensors that can affect the way it controls your heating and cooling system. The thermostat has motion sensors with a wide-angle view which enables Nest to activate the Auto-Away feature in most homes. Temperature sensors keep track of your home's temperature, and how quickly it changes. It can also adjust itself if the thermostat is subjected to direct sunlight so it will read and set the correct temperature. It also uses ambient light sensors to adjust the brightness of the display. A built-in humidity sensor can help manage a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier. When connected to Wi-Fi, Nest will keep up with changing weather forecasts, and how the weather affects your energy usage.
System Match: There are many types of heating and cooling systems. The Nest Thermostat adapts to the system you have, whether you have conventional forced air, heat pump with auxiliary heat, dual fuel, or radiant. System Match turns on features that are specific to your system type to help keep you comfortable and save energy:
- Heat Pump Balance: Heat Pump Balance lets you choose how much expensive auxiliary heat you use according to your preferences to help you save money while staying comfortable.
- Early On: Early-On takes into account how much time it takes for your heating/cooling system to reach the desired temperature after the temperature setting changes. Similar to pre-heating your oven before baking, Early-On starts heating or cooling in advance so that the desired temperature is reached at the time the temperature change is scheduled. For example, if you wish for the temperature to be 72° at 6:00pm, the system may start heating at 5:30pm in order to reach the desired temperature by 6:00pm.
- Filter Reminders: The Nest Thermostat will remind you when it's time to change your filters. Nest uses a system runtime monitor to estimate when to send a Filter Reminder. If the summer has been cooler than normal, the air conditioning probably hasn't worked as often or as hard, so you may go months without a Filter Reminder. However, if it has been a cold winter, and your heating system has worked harder than normal, you are likely to receive Filter Reminders more frequently.
Airwave: Airwave lowers air conditioning costs by using the fan more and the AC compressor less. Most thermostats keep the air conditioner compressor and fan running until the target temperature is reached. Nest's Airwave technology turns off the compressor a few minutes before the target temperature is reached, but continues running the fan, taking advantage of the fact that compressor coils generate cold air for 5 to 10 additional minutes after the compressor is off. Airwave automatically turns on when the interior humidity falls below a certain level.
Cool to Dry: If you live in a humid area, moisture in the air can cause mold to grow inside your home, especially if you leave it unattended for a long time with the air conditioner off. Nest's Cool to Dry feature uses the home's air conditioner to reduce the excess humidity. If your heating/cooling system has a dehumidification mode, you can possibly use Cool to Dry to enhance the dehumidification process. (A Nest Pro installer can determine this.)
Furnace Heads-Up: Most heating and forced air furnaces have an automatic shutoff to avoid overheating. The Nest Thermostat will analyze shutoff patterns to see if there are potential problems with your heating system. If a problem is detected, Nest will send you a Heads-Up message on the Nest App, on the thermostat display twice a year, and in your Home Report once a month.
Programming: Once installed, Nest begins learning your schedule. You will need to make the desired temperature adjustments manually for the first week or so. For example, you might want to turn the heat down to save energy while you sleep, and turn it up when you get up. Likewise, you'll want to save energy while you're at work by turning down the thermostat when you leave. After a few days and nights, Nest will learn these habits and start doing them for you.
Nest Sense: After a few days, Nest has learned your schedule and preferences. Nest Sense begins to automatically activate the following features to help you save energy:
- Auto-Schedule: Nest learns your schedule and preferences during the initial week and programs itself. Once the thermostat has learned your habits, the Auto-Schedule could cut up to 20% off of your heating and cooling bill.
- Auto-Away: Auto-Away saves energy by reducing heating and cooling in empty homes. Instead of having to turn the thermostat down every time you leave the house, and back up when you return, the Nest Thermostat can sense that you're away and turn itself down automatically. You can set the Away temperatures during setup.
- Nest Leaf: The Nest Leaf appears in the display when you choose a temperature that will save energy. It is designed to provide simple feedback when you do something to save energy. Changing the temperature by just one degree can save up to 5% on your energy use. You can view how many Leafs are earned in your Energy History in your Nest Account.
- Auto-Tune: Auto-Tune operates these two Nest services:
- Rush Hour Rewards: During peak energy usage, when everyone is using their air conditioners, some energy providers try to lower demand by offering rewards to customers who reduce their energy consumption during peaks. Auto-Tune will alter your schedule by automatically cooling your home ahead of the peak hours, or make small tweaks to the temperature. You're always in control of the temperature, so you can change the temperature at any time if you start feeling warm.
- Seasonal Savings: Seasonal Savings can save you 5-10% on heating and air conditioning costs. The Seasonal Savings service slowly fine-tunes the temperatures in your schedule to reduce energy consumption. It may adjust the temperature a degree while you sleep, or while you're away. These small tweaks will add up over time. As with Rush Hour Rewards, you are still in control, and can adjust the thermostat at any time.
Energy History: If you're using the Nest App on your smartphone or tablet, you can view the detailed Energy History. You can scroll up and down to view your last 10 days of energy use, including the total time your system was on. Each day's report can be expanded to show you a graphical view of what times the AC or heat was on. You can see if you earned a Nest Leaf for that day, and see your temperature setpoints and adjustments. If your energy use was particularly different that day, an icon will explain the reason (i.e. cloudy, sunny, away, home, etc.). Through your Nest account, you can receive by email a monthly Energy Report with a summary of your energy use, and tips on how to save.
Integration With Other Nest Products: In addition to the Thermostat, Nest also makes the Nest Protect Smoke + CO (carbon monoxide) detector, and the Nest Cam. These products are designed to work together with the Thermostat and the Nest App. The Nest Protect is equipped with occupancy detectors that can improve the Auto-Away algorithms of the Nest Thermostat. The thermostat can automatically shut off your heating system, a potential source of carbon monoxide, if high levels of CO are detected (by Nest Protect). Also, when you set the Nest Thermostat to Away mode, it can communicate with Nest Cam to turn itself on. Likewise, when you switch your thermostat to Home, it can automatically turn off Nest Cam.
Works With Nest: Nest Thermostat is compatible with many of the popular Voice Assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Thermostat can be added to IFTTT (If This Then That) recipes to automatically adjust the temperature when you leave or arrive home, or to turn up the heat when the weather turns cold. In addition, Nest Thermostat can also work with other 3rd party products such as August Locks (entry locks), Philips Hue (lighting), and Logitech Harmony (remote control), to help you save energy and stay comfortable.
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