Hola mi amigos!
Did you have wonderful “holidays” this year? I hope so, because I did!
My mom and I celebrate Christmas, and my big prezzie this year from her was a Nest thermostat.
Why am I excited to receive a thermostat, you ask? Have you seen the Nest??
Y’all know I love cool technology thingies, and the Nest totally qualifies.
It’s like a HAL9000 fucked an iPod and the Nest was their bastard lovechild.
(I totally blame Apple and the iPhone for turning me from blissful Luddite to rabid technophile, curse them!)
I was going to wait for this weekend, but I got too excited and installed it last night. It’s running my home. And learnding!!
Initially I was a bit concerned about compatibility– I mean, I live in a condo where all the thermostats are the same and we have sort of a central boiler and chiller. Would Nest work for my place?
Plus, Nest is compatible with most heating and cooling systems– but not all. And only low voltage systems. Would it be compatible??
Yes. Yes it was.
The second issue was finding the correct breaker to turn off the power to the thermostat. I get real hinkey when having to work with wiring (because I like having a heart beat). Also, did I even have a breaker or were all the condo thermostats on some interconnected building subsystem that I couldn’t access?
Yes I had my own breaker, and it was easily found.
Then it was just a matter of removing the old Honeywell unit, mapping the wires, double checking compatibility via the nest website, ailing myself a wiring diagram, disconnecting the 4 wires, and installing the Nest.
Installation was quite simple really, and very quickly done. With all mounting hardware and screws, etc included.
And system setup was cool. The thermostat actually walks you through step by step– and it totally works like a wall iPod. Seriously, you spin the dial to toggle through menus and choices and press on it to “click” your selection.
You can tell it was designed by one of the guys who did the original iPod.
My Nest is linked in to my wifi, and I have a Nest account with apps for my iPhone and iPad. I woke up this morning and while lounging in bed, I turned up the heat– from my iPad!
Plus– and let’s be honest here– the Nest looks bitchin’. It totally works with my condo decor. It’s a win-win.
And the Nest wasn’t even my only present, so I had a very good Xmas.
P.S. I got mom a new IPad and spent the better part of Christmas morning walking her through setup– we had to get iTunes, an Apple ID, do the update to iOS 6, get apps, put in her gift card, etc.
She absolutely loves it. We even did FaceTime and iMessage and she got a kick from all that.
And She especially loves Siri (whom she calls Suri).