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Nest begins learning as soon as you install it. In a short time, it will automatically be adjusting your temperature based on time of day, or how active the house is. For the first few weeks you may need to adjust the Nest a few degrees when required, but eventually it will learn when you adjust it and will start adjusting itself automatically based on how you manually adjusted it before. See More
The Nest has a sensor that can be placed in other parts of the house to control the temperature but the only scheduling it offers for it is by pre-selected blocks of time (morning, evening, etc). If you need the thermostat to use the sensor at night until a specific time in the morning and then use the main thermostat you may not be able to if the time blocks don't fit your personal schedule. Seems like something that can be easily fixed through an app update though. See More
The Nest thermostat looks like a piece of tech from the future. It's fully circular and certainly looks the part of a smart thermostat. The display takes up the majority of the unit, and makes good use of its LCD display when not in use. It can display an analog or digital clock instead of the temperature if you prefer. See More
Nest also makes other products, such as it's Nest Cam, and smart smoke detector. Alexa is the voice assistant in the Amazon Echo line of products, and the Nest thermostat can be fully controlled by Alexa. This is important because Alexa can control devices through 100% hands-free voice support. IFTTT (IF This Then That) is an ecosystem to itself that allows users to create their own custom recipes based on triggers. For example, if it's expected to be humid, the Nest can automatically lower its setpoint to compensate for it. You can also configure other triggers such as location or time of day to determine when the Nest is on or off. See More
This version of the Nest includes motion sensors that can detect motion from across the room. Previous generations of Nest could only detect motion up to a meter away, but with this generation of Nest the utility is greatly increased. Motion sensing is useful, because it will sense when you are at home or if you are away automatically, without needing to adjust the thermostat manually. See More
The Nest Thermostat is the easiest smart thermostat to install. It comes with the required mini screwdriver, and there's a level built-in to make sure the Nest is installed properly. The included baseplate helps cover up any imperfections left from removing your previous thermostat. Installation is straightforward, and only takes about 10 minutes. See More
While the UI is very functional, it appears cluttered as it tries to display a bunch of information all on the same display. On the main screen, there are 4 tabs on top, two buttons to adjust the setpoint, and it displays the current indoor temperature as well. On the left it displays current information such as date, time, weather conditions, and the status of the system. Some will appreciate this layout for its functionality, but others will find it cluttered and not appealing. See More
If there was an extreme temperature change, Honeywell lets you know. It can also notify you when it's time to change your air filter. Notifications like these are a nice addition, as it keeps you in the loop about what's going on with your house. See More
Tado suggests you get the wiring done professionally. While it's convenient that there is a conversation between you and Tado to figure things out ahead of time - making sure the installation itself goes well - it's inconvenient that you need to have it set up professionally when the other major thermostats can usually be wired with relative ease. See More
Based on your location, the Tado thermostat can automatically determine when it needs to be on and when it can stay in idle mode saving power. This location data isn't monitored by a motion sensor - instead it uses your phone's location so that by the time you arrive home it should already be a suitable temperature. See More
You will need to use the hub, which is another piece of equipment in your house. It also needs to be plugged directly into the router which means one less available port on the router. The requirement of the hub means that the range is limited, which could mean that the thermostat has connection issues depending on where it's installed (walls or far distances will lessen the signal strength). See More
In addition to HomeKit, the ecobee3 can hook up with IFTTT (IF This Then That - an automation tool based on custom recopies), Alexa (Amazon's voice activated personal assistant found in it's Echo line of products), Wink (a stand-alone ecosystem) as well as SmartThings (Samsung's smart home ecosystem). This allows integration with a wider variety of smart home products outside of the HomeKit ecosystem. See More
If your system lacks the common (C) wire and is only a 4 wire system, you will need to use the included Power Extender Kit (5-wire systems don't require this). Then, additional steps are required depending if your HVAC system has a controller board or not. See More
There's no limit to the amount of sensors you can add through the home. They can detect motion and can tell when you're not home. It even learns not to confuse "no one at home" vs everyone is asleep. These remote sensors also help to reduce hot spots and cold spots within your house by sensing temperature differences, which allows the system to correct for this. See More
While most smart thermostats go the full mile when it comes to futuristic design, this Sensi thermostat takes a more traditional approach. Just by looking at it, you wouldn't be able to tell that this is a smart thermostat. See More
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