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Product Review and Buyer's Guide: Nest Learning Thermostat

The temperature inside a home is always a point of contention, especially when it comes to deciding to turn on the A/C. It often means giving up some comfort to save money on the bill. This is our product review and buyer's guide for the Nest Learning Thermostat.

The Nest Learning Thermostat has been around since 2011 and is now in its third version. The hockey puck-sized smart-thermostat upped the display size and resolution, making it easier to see from across the room. It has a new “Farsight” function that activates the display from 20 feet away, as opposed to three with the old near-field sensors.

Installing the thermostat is easy, but may take a while. The current thermostat needs to be powered down and disconnected first. The base plate needs to be mounted to the wall with the included screws and screwdriver. Connect the wires and place the thermostat in the base plate. Once it powers on, follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.

The Nest Thermostat needs about a week to calibrate heating and cooling preferences. Once it recognizes the in-home patterns, the thermostat can remain untouched. The “Auto-Away” feature is the highlight of the device. The thermostat uses built-in sensors and phone location to enter an energy-saving mode. Any of the learned settings can be overridden and monitored in the Android and iOS apps.

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