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Ever since we bought our house three years ago, keeping our house at a good temp has not been easy. For one our thermostat is upstairs and boy does that upstairs get warm! We also had an outdated thermostat that was not programmable and I believe it was not reading the house temp very well anymore. I have had my eye on getting a Nest Thermostat, but just wasn’t completely sure it was what our house needed right now. Boy was I wrong. Want to know how best to control your temperature? Nest – Learning Thermostat – 3rd Generation – Stainless Steeland NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Bundle.
The Nest learning smart thermostat not only will keep your house at a more consistent temperature it can also be programmed for when you are out of the house with the connected with the app. I am home a lot since I work from home, but there are times that we are gone and we should be saving some energy by increasing the house temperature. But that would mean heading upstairs to turn the A/C down and really I have other things I am thinking about when I am trying to head out of the door. By installing the Nest Smart Thermostat and programming it with what we would like the temp to be while we are away, I can just go to the Nest app on my phone and click AWAY.
Installing the Nest was fairly easy. It comes with labels so as you are taking the old thermostat away you can label the wires so it makes it easy to connect the Nest with little effort. Really I could have done it myself, but left that job up to my hubs. In less than 5 minutes we had it up and running.
Our WIFI signal makes it up to the upstairs of our house, but just barely. So we installed a Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter that we were able to plug in upstairs to boost the signal to the Nest. I can also now use my WiFi outside on our driveway so I can work while the kids play in the front yard.
The Nest will pay for itself soon enough when our electricity bill starts to lower if we are raising the house temp while we are not there. It also lowers the temp more efficiently that other thermostats by giving you an estimated time that the house will be cooled to your desired temp.
Nest Learning Thermostat :
This is the new 3rd generation version, which is thinner, sleeker in design, and allows for a bigger, crisper display than the prior 2nd generation version.
·To get the most out of your Nest, connect to your existing home’s Wi Fi network and download the free app from iTunes or GooglePlay – this allow you to manage your home’s temp from your smartphone, tablet or laptop, even when you’re miles away
·Never come home to a cold house. You can easily turn down the temp when traveling, or set it to warm up your home before you come home
·You can set it to accommodate your schedule and temperature preferences
·Or, there is no need to set preferences – within a week, the Nest learning thermostat starts programming itself. It learns your habits and adjusts automatically, regulating your home’s temperature based on your schedule – which can save you energy and money. When you’re not at home (the “Away” mode), it will automatically switch to an energy-efficient temperature. In independent studies, the Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling bills.
·Nest provides your energy usage, tracking how much you’ve used and provides tips that will help you conserve. Make an energy-saving temperature adjustment and the Nest Leaf will notify you immediately.
·Some local utility companies offer rebates – find out about available rebates online at the URL provided above
·Nest provides alerts and reminders for peace of mind: it monitors your heating/cooling equipment, and tells you if anything is not working correctly. You can also be alerted if your home’s temperature goes above or below limits you set.
·Nest also works with Nest products, such as the Nest Cam and Protect, and other home automation devices
Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included – new and exclusively at Best Buy:
This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices. As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home – the average US household has 7 “connected devices” – from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the home’s network, especially the router. With the interest in online gaming and 4k TVs, connected devices such as smart thermostats, plus the need to stream shows from Netflix or hulu, it places even more demands on the network. Many households may experience slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience “dead zones” – which could be improved upon with an “AC” router, Wi-Fi extenders and expert help.
·The AC1900 comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones; place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. Additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones.
·This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices – you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming
·Best Buy makes it easy with this new high performance Wi-Fi router, which includes a Wi-Fi extender and Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.
·The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment.