Learning Thermostat

The learning thermostat will make gadget freaks ooh and aww while convincing the fiscally conservative minded folks to open their wallets. The Nest learning thermostat will program itself while educating you on how your home utilizes energy. This thing is cool! claims their learning thermostat can be installed in 30 minutes or less and if you aren’t handy, Nest provides installation services.


After your Nest learning thermostat is installed, you will answer a few quick questions to set the artificial intelligence in motion. You will first name your thermostat, select minimum and maximum temperatures for when you are away, and enter your zip code.


The Nest learning thermostat will now adopt to your schedule and energy use habits. Once you have had Nest installed for just over a week, Nest will know more about you then you know about Nest. One-off changes will not confuse Nest, but consistent changes over a few days will result in Nest adjusting its schedule. Turn off the air conditioning when you leave the house or try lowering your heat by a single degree at night. Teach Nest well and it will reward you. As Nest creates a relationship with you, certain features will become available.


This is pretty self-explanatory. When no one is home, the Nest learning thermostat will automatically adjust your heating and cooling for optimal cost effectiveness.


Energy History

Energy History will keep track of how much energy you have used throughout the day. You can then use this information to make better educated heating and cooling decisions.


The Leaf

The Nest Leaf displays on your digital thermostat when you are saving energy, and a leaf icon will appear acknowledging your ability to make good energy saving decisions.



Based off your habits and input, Nest automatically programs itself in roughly one week. As your heating and cooling behaviors change, the Nest Auto-Schedule will adapt with you.



This feature will turn your AC off a few minutes early while keeping the fan running. The air will remain cool and you will reap energy savings.


Time to Temperature

We have all done this. Your house is freezing when you get home and you increase the heat by 10 degrees. You wake up in the middle of the night sweating and reaching for a glass of water because you forgot to turn the heat back down before calling it a night. With Time to Temperature, Nest will show you how long it will really take to reach the temperature you want.


Nest Online

The Nest Online web app will allow you to adjust your home’s temperature anywhere you have an internet connection.


Nest Mobile

Similar to Nest Online, you can use the Nest smartphone mobile app to connect to your homes thermostat and make changes to your heating and cooling.


The Nest digital learning thermostat is a cool product which will likely pay for itself over time. I am actually in the market for a digital thermostat that will allow me to adjust my home’s temperature via the web. Nest is a perfect solution, but at $250 it is not cheap.


I would love to hear from anyone who has actually installed a Nest Learning Thermostat, or really anyone who has a digital thermostat that allows you to control your home’s temperature via the web. Or, if you would prefer to curse your old outdated thermostat, please leave a comment below.

Steve Author

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