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CNET First Look
Nest Learning Thermostat hands-on videoWatch as CNET Reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine wields an electric drill, turns a knob, and falls in love with, yes, a thermostat.
Hi. I'm Lindsey Turrentine from CNET and this is our first look at the Nest Learning Thermostat which I'm gonna take out of the box right now so we can see what's in here. A very pretty box, pretty beautiful, looks like an eye. Nice and heavy, feels solid. These parts wiggles and and that's really the only moving part. Pretty much everything that you absolutely need to install a Thermostat, an included screwdriver. You take the top off for all the bits. There's a built in level to make sure it's level on the walls. Concierge service in case you don't feel like doing the installation yourself, depending on the kind of wall you have and the damage that's left from your old Thermostat, you may want to use of one these kits and paint them to match the wall color. You can also mount the Thermostat straight on to your wall. Okay. We just finished taking the Thermostat out of the box and now we're gonna see how easy it is to install but first, let's take off the old Thermostat. The first thing you wanna do is turn off the power either on the breaker box or in this case, I have a switch right above my Thermostat which is nice. Most Thermostats just pull right off the top of the Thermostat and labeling the wires as they come off of this handy labels that came in the installation guide, it's the orange. Here's the W. Nest suggest that if you can, you put the Thermostat straight on your wall because it will look nicer and it sure would but I don't have time to repaint my wall right now so I'm gonna use one oft heir mounting kits. Now, we have to drill some holes in the wall because the holes where I have my old Thermostat are not the same place as the holes for this mount. Now, I'm gonna put on the trim plate and the base. Once I have the wire through and everything snapped together, use this, the handy built in level. It looks like my drill holes are level. Okay, now the hardest part is done and I'm gonna connect the wires. Thanks to this handy labels, I remember where they're supposed to go and you just push back this toggle and insert the wire. We're ready for the exciting part, putting the Nest on to the base. I'm just gonna snap it on. The promise of Nest is that it's going to learn what our patterns are and then automatically adjust itself to make us comfortable when we're home and to save energy when we're away. So, I'm gonna come back in a couple of days and find out whether Nest has learned what we like. One of the great things about the Nest Learning Thermostat is that it's connected to the internet and Nest has created a few apps, one for I-Pad, one for I-Phone and one for Android to help you control your Thermostat from afar and also to view what's going on in your house. So, there's this little house and there's an indicator to show what's going on with your Thermostat. So, right now, my Thermostat is set to away or not home. So, the Thermostat is not on. Click this, say that, right now my house is 65 degrees. I'm gonna go ahead, tap on that and away. When I come home in a few hours, it will be nice and toasty. I can turn the Thermostat right here and now, my heater is on. When I get home, should be 69 degrees in 55 minutes. So far, over the last 4 days since I installed Nest, Nest has learned that it's gonna take 55 minutes to get my house up to 69 degrees. You click on the schedule tab, you can see the patterns that Nest is learning for my families preferences. This has all been learned from the daily actions that we've made so when we turn up and down the Thermostat, Nest is remembered and started to set a pattern for each day of the week. You can see that we'd like it to be warm in the afternoon. I get really cold about 8:00 and then when we go to bed, we turn it to down to 64. Nest has been learning our patterns for about 4 days now and I think it's gonna get a little bit more sophisticated once we've been doing it for a week. I've noticed that, for instance, Nest hasn't noticed our morning patterns for the whole week yet. You definitely have to be patient with Nest, it's not gonna instantly know what you like and what you don't like but I'm really happy with Nest now and I particularly love checking in on my house while I'm away. It's really fun to see what's going on at home even if it's just one little peak into the temperature at my house. This is Lindsey Turrentine for CNET reviewing the Nest Learning Thermostat.