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Nest thermostat: pros, cons and costs

It is easier to live life with a Nest thermostat. Read on to find out more about this smart gadget.

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A Nest thermostat is a smart investment. Photo by Nest on Flickr.When you were a child, you probably watched sci-fi cartoons and movies and wondered when you would get the chance to live in a smart home. Thanks to the minds at Nest, you can now turn your house into a smart home by adding a Nest thermostat. This smart thermostat gives you complete control while at home, work or even on vacation.

One of the first questions that might pop into your head is, "What is a Nest thermostat?" Essentially, this is a smart thermostat that picks up on your behavior and choices, and learns what you want.

Before you decide that you cannot afford the thermostat's costs, you should take a look at the actual price tag. You can bring home the first generation device for less than $200 from a home improvement store, while the 2nd generation Nest retails for around $250 to $300.

Even when you factor in the cost of installation, Nest pricing is less than you might pay for other devices. Compare air conditioner prices to Nest prices and you might be surprised at the comparable rates. 

Ask a contractor about Nest thermostat and HVAC installation!

The Nest Learning Thermostat comes with an auto-schedule feature. This feature lets you determine the exact temperature you want in your house for every hour of the day, including when you're at work and when you're family sleeps at night.

Over time, the device learns the temperatures that you like and automatically adjust itself to those temperatures every day without you reaching for the control. The Nest thermostat can also help you when it comes to saving energy by working with your home cooling and heating devices.

Whether you install air conditioner devices or use the existing HVAC system, your contractor can quickly install it

Once you finish installing the programmable thermostat, it's time to learn how to use it. Nest lets you create your own personal account that you can access anywhere as long as you have Wi-Fi or Internet access. Turn the AC thermostat up or down by using the Nest app for iPhone, adjust the thermostat setting from your work computer, or change your home energy settings from your laptop while on vacation.

The Nest thermostat works with your air conditioner and heater to give you more control over the temperature of your home. You don't need to request an air conditioner estimate or hire someone to install a new AC because this digital thermostat is compatible with your existing products without interfering with the warranty on those products. 

However, if you're seeking both a new HVAC system and deciding on a thermastat, consider Nest and request parts and installation quotes from qualified contractors in your area.

Use Reply! to research the newest and hottest high-tech devices that would turn your home smart. You can also compare the first and second generation products from Nest to other programmable and digital thermostats from other companies.

With a Nest thermostat in your house, you can easily set the temperature you want throughout the day and stop wasting money on energy to heat and cool your house when you're away.

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