We have had a Honeywell programmable thermostat for the past couple of years. Got a deal on it but it is for Commercial and not Residential. Kind of a pain to make quick changes or programming changes on.
I’ve been reading about the Nest thermostat for quite some time. Reviews, install notes, anything I could find. Finally found an article on a newsletter I get that made the decision for me, decided to use some of our home improvement funds and pick one up.
Having swapped out the thermostat a couple times in the past the install went pretty quickly for me.
Removed the Honeywell from the wall, which was easy since I knew I was going to make a change one day and used Command Strips to mount it. Labelled the wires using the Nest supplied labels. Figured it would be good to label just in case I got interrupted by the little man.
After removing the wires from the Honeywell, it was a quick swap into the Nest.
Its nice that the Nest comes with a level built in and the wires are quick connect, no need for a small screwdriver. They do supply one though.
The thermostat immediately went into an update / reboot cycle. I got interrupted by the little man during this, I know it rebooted twice.
After the reboot cycle the setup was insanely easy!
- Setup the wifi connection. Select a broadcast SSID or enter one, throw the password in, done deal!
- Go through a few questions about your system. Including what type of fuel is used, what type of heating, your location (by zip code), what kind of dwelling and where the thermostat is located in the home.
It probably took my a total of 30 minutes to get it setup from start to finish, including the updates. Much easier to use as it is just like a good old dial thermostat.
After everything was setup I went ahead and set up an online account and registered the thermostat. The web interface along with the ability to control it via an Android app give you plenty of options on setting the thermostat.
Now to let it learn and see what happens next.