Nest, Analysis: How of “Intelligent” Is This Thermostat Smart?

One of the most interesting options for Save in the electricity bill, and gas is using a smart thermostat. In this way, you can automatically manage the heating and hot water from home while maintaining the level of comfort you want without wasting energy.

We have been testing the of Nest for a month and going to tell our experience from installation to daily use. I anticipate that learn our habits, it adapts to changes in temperature do daily, and even heated our home until we come to it. Now well,?It is worth?

What is the thermostat Nest and what it is?

Nest is a smart thermostat’s Google that brings together two very interesting features: design and efficiency. The Mountain View company acquired the company in 2014 to give him support in the home automation field. Although they continue to operate as independent companies, it is now part of Google.

This Gadget Home Automation integrates with your boiler system and has a wireless system that will allow you to control the temperature of your House from your smartphone, so if you are at home as if not, or from its beautiful dial.

In addition to the above, Nest employs a system of learning in the cloud through which, after some time of use – you can predict the time that it takes to heat your home or how is the loss of graded according to the construction temperature and outdoor temperature in your home.

With this knowledge, he promises to keep your House with the temperature you want minimizing the use of your boiler and this, ultimately, results in saving economical to spend less energy.

Before you jump to buy a smart thermostat you will have to take into account some considerations. This type of Smart thermostats they work with individual heating systems and even some, such as the Nest, controlling the water hot in your installation the boiler permitting.

Now well,?It will work with yours or your heater? The company promises compatibility with boilers, boilers for heating only and system, and systems of underfloor heating and hot water tanks to air source heat pumps and geothermal. It supports, also, with the OpenTherm standard condensing boilers.

Physical installation of Google Nest at home

Let’s see what we find in the Nest box once bought it. Here we have the thermostat Actual nest, with a circular design, and a small box which Nest called Heat Link and which serves as the interface between the actual thermostat and boiler.

Both must be connected together to make the system work and such a connection can be in a way Wireless either with a pair of wires. Basic installation options recommended wireless, colocalndo the Heat link close to the boiler and the thermostat in the area of the House that you want to use as the reference temperature, or replace your previous thermostat.

Heat Link’s Nest open prior to anchor it to the wall

At the time of install it we find that each House has different settings, which depends largely on the boiler system. Nest offers the user a network of installers officers so you desentiendas after purchasing the thermostat. The company confirmed that the service would have a preferred cost of 90 euros. We have preferred to install it by our media and show you the experience, but this is something that We only recommend to those who are familiar with this type of installations.

Kit Nest has given us for the tests we had the desk stand from the thermostat that is available for sale separately as additional purchase. We felt the best option to install Nest since, in this way, we count with a portable thermostat that can lead to the room that you want to serve as a reference for temperature.

In our case, we are located the Heat Link in the place where we had the old thermostat, because pues es it is there where the wires coming from the boiler and we don’t need to make more holes in the wall to hold it. Every house in this connection will be different, depending on the boiler. We have just two wires, open/closed circuit.

There are others, in which connections pose a greater number of cables, which also control the temperature of hot water faucets, for example.

Before we play them, we recommend turn off the boiler and cut the light of home. We will work with cables that are 220 volt and not want to have any problem. The thermostat runs on 5 volts and in the pack comes a power adapter, a USB cable for this purpose. Heat Link works at 220V, so we will have to bring a pair of cables from outlet.

At the top of the Heat Link we have a “chop” in the form of a sticker that indicates the typical symbol of control used by manufacturers of boilers. Nest offers a Quick Installation Guide on paper, and a complete guide in PDF which you can find in Internet.

In our case, the installation took us less than 15 minutes, with the connection of the four wires on the Heat Link (two power and two of boiler). That Yes: each boiler has an own control system and it is recommended to consult your manual to correctly perform these connections. Heat Link has numerous ports to offer flexibility and be able to adapt to different configurations.

Physical installation of Nest Thermostat has taken us less than 20 minutes

Once connected the cables, close the lid of the Heat Link, give light in the House and turn on the boiler.

After this step, and the connection of the thermostat in the desktop via microUSB stand turns your screen so that we can start the software configuration from the own Nest.

Configuration of the thermostat, a simple step by step

How is the thermostat Nest? We have a device of careful design: round, neutral, and very modern. In particular it has dimensions, assembled once, from 8.4 centimeters in diameter and 3.2 cm in height; you give it a total weight of 244 grams.

It has a round finish with a ring of stainless steel brushed and the front one circular screen LCD color 24-bit, 5.3 cm in diameter and resolution 480 x 480 px (229 PPP). Apart from the temperature sensor, you have others to humidity, motion detection (near and far) and ambient light.

When we connect thermostat to the electrical power is turned on the screen, starts charging the internal battery and shows us a step-by-step configuration wizard. How do you browse through these menus? This brushed stainless steel ring serves as a of roulette and you can press the screen to accept the various options.

The steps begin by choosing the free Wi-Fi, connection with the Heat Link as well as also by choosing your location to make use of the information of the time in your area and predict how much it will take to heat the stay until you reach the desired temperature.

Once travelled all the steps, we have a test run. If all goes well, we finished the installation and can see by default the desired temperature and the environment.

In our case there was no problem and ran the heating correctly.

The screen mode It is configurable and is interesting to note that the Nest thermostat detects the presence in the room. It is then when turned on the screen during a predetermined time.

You can choose between displaying the room temperature or the desired, a digital or analog clock, and weather forecast.

Thermostat operation Nest, how smart is it?

A thermostat traditional allows you to change the desired temperature of the room and serves as a switch turn off the heating to achieve this temperature and restarts it when it falls to a certain extent. There are more advanced to allow programming of temperature according to the day.

Nest It can operate in any of these ways and also learn from our habits to create a custom schedule. The system will be able to recognize what our comfort preferences At home. I.e., if at certain times of the day you prefer a few degrees more or a few less – after initially modify them you – will adapt creating and modifying the program automatically to suit you if you think it is a habit.

Nest is capable of analyzing changes in temperature usually do and automatically generates a schedule of heating according to our taste

Apart from this is also able to understand how are cycles of warming and cooling of the House after a few days of use. In this way it can provide for when to start heating it when you are arriving.

¿Want more temperature? You have a basic option always available, even if the Wi-Fi connectivity is lost between the Nest thermostat and Heat Link:

In the Centre of the Heat Link there is a button that serves as a manual ignition switch. On the other hand, routine use will turn right Nest Roulette and change the temperature, easy and intuitive, no doubt.

The thermostat has a temperature setting the user and a low temperature (ECO), the mode which will happen when not detect presence at home with its sensors.

You can change the temperature of the thermostat from their dial, mobile app or a web browser

And finally we have, how not, mobile app for Android and iOS. To use it you must register on the platform and enter a code that gives you the thermostat to link your account with your Nest. This offers the possibility of adjusting the temperature and works with thermostat sensors to determine the user’s location. This way when you’re not home and not detected presence in the room, turns off the heating, making saving.

NEST app for Android

In fact, its use is completely automatic and that makes to forget and turn on the thermostat whenever we go out and go home, something that in most cases just ignoring unless you leave for a long period of time.

The most interesting ecosystem Nest of Google is that, in addition to serving as a thermostat, there is a ecosystem of compatible products with the platform Nest: Philips Hue or Whirlpool appliances that can use this platform to control shutdown devices / power.

Ecosystem Nest, thermostat and security cameras

The Nest thermostat has come to Spain accompanied by two security cameras, one indoor and one outdoor. These cameras are capable of capturing FullHD and audio content.

So you can see the camera indoor Nest – in the same application

The difference between the two is mainly the resistance to water and power from the built-in speaker, Yes, speaker. Since from the own Nest application you can send voice messages in real time to be reproduced from the camera. It is a curious feature as well as useful for those who have pet.

Outdoor camera model is water resistant and, as he told us the company presentation, your speaker is slightly more powerful than the indoor version, although that Yes, it is also a little more cumbersome.

Cameras don’t write content in local, but they rely on servers Nest. The company boasts of algorithms that allow to recognize when activity is no good either during the day or during the night thanks to infrared LEDs.

In our case the operation is quite successful with appreciation even of people. However, it has given us some false positive When it turns on and turns off the light from the Aquarium, for example.

Nest offers notifications whenever those cameras detect any activity, there will be photos and small featured videos that will be available for download. Then we leave you a video which recognizes to Meu.

To protect the Privacy the user and avoid notices constant while you’re at home, you can configure a mode in which, taking advantage of the sensors and/or the location of the mobile system configured in the Nest app, is can turn on and turn off the cameras when you leave and go home.

Testing Nest for a month, is it worth?

Our experience It has been positive using the thermostat in the configuration that we discussed previously. We have no Wi-Fi signal, nor between the thermostat itself and the Heat Link loss.

After a few days by controlling the temperature of the thermostat to our liking, Nest developed a calendar of temperatures automatically, as it promises, and really fits our needs.

The saving in heating It is possible, and, in our case, a reality. Simply go to ECO mode automatically when we leave home together with intelligent temperature control. Thus the desired comfort is maintained Gets a great optimization and minimizing the number of hours of operation of the same.

We liked a section that we have not seen in other smart thermostats and which takes into account families. The thermostat detects that there are people in house cross way, i.e., not only through mobile phones that you associate yourself Nest and its geo-positioning.

Nest we have sensors for presence, a point differential against the competition, and will not let heat if there is someone at home, even if you are outside with the mobile partner to the account of the thermostat.

Nest makes use of mobile geolocation and its presence sensor to turn off the heating when there is nobody at home

Thermostat Nest system reaches a market competing with other alternatives like tado °, Netatmo or even Wattio integrated system, designed in Spain. Nest offers very similar to the previous functionalities and where really stands out is on the platform that surrounds him, as well as its sensor system, as we have said previously.

Answer the question of whether worthwhile or not It is complicated and we will try to cover all possible cases:

  • If you have a heating system in your home with a traditional thermostat you have to go up and down manually or simply don’t have a thermostat and you have to turn on the heating in boiler option, yes it is worth. You’ll save money and gain in comfort.
  • If you have a programmable thermostat the savings will be smaller, but there will be savings in hours of heating and you earn have to turn off and turn on the thermostat when you leave home that’s where really be saving.
  • If you come from a system with Smart thermostat the issue is more complicated. The functions are very on par and unless you want to have a system of cameras and all centralized, change thermostat will not give you remarkable differences in consumption or comfort.

A smart thermostat It is a purchase that is just paying single and make you save money in the long run, that is, while the initial outlay may seem high, 249 euros in the case of Nest, is a matter of months make this investment profitability.

With a traditional thermostat which we have that pay attention not to use so much heating and that just affecting the invoice. The difference in consumption in our case particular use – used a programmable thermostat – you noticed in hours of boiler operation: our programming included a case of 5 – 6 hours a day and Nest have dropped to 3 – 4 hours as maximum in cold days and less than 1 hour these more spring days.

Comment that to get these data we set a schedule of heating equivalent to which it had in the old thermostat and the feeling of comfort has been similar in both cases.

Nest It is a thermostat with a careful design and operation that, after a period of learning, is fully automatic. It is clear that in countries such as United Kingdom, Germany or Scandinavian countries be taken off most of it since, finally and after all, they spend more months with the heating on in Spain. Even so simple a matter of time that comes to mind.

The thermostat has been granted to the test by NEST. You can consult our policy of relations with companies

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