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As you all know, Bill and I love everything high tech. Heck, our bathroom light/fan is also a speaker so we can listen to music! That is why I was so excited to hook up a Nest Smart Thermostat! Having had more than one programmable thermostat in house already, I can tell you that this is best one we've tried. The new 3rd generation version of the Nest is thinner, sleeker in design, and allows for a bigger, crisper display than the prior 2nd generation version.
Hooking up a Nest is easy enough that I could do it! I'm serious! We had it hooked up in around 5 minutes! It took us longer to get the box opened and take everything out than it did to hook this up! After you hook it up, connect the Nest to your Wi Fi network and download the free app from iTunes or GooglePlay. This allow you to manage your home (aff)’s temp from your smartphone, tablet or laptop (aff). You can set the Nest to accommodate your schedule and temperature preferences. However, within a week, the Nest starts programming itself. It learns your habits and adjusts automatically, regulating your home (aff)’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. You'll never come home to a cold house again. You can easily turn down the temp when traveling, or set it to warm up your home before you come home. Nest also 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! Nest also works with Nest products, such as the Nest Cam and Protect, and other home automation devices. We'll be adding some of their other products in our house!
With the Nest, you may want to look into getting the Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router (aff) and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included. It is brand new and exclusively at Best Buy! This router (aff) 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.
Again, Best Buy has outdone itself. We absolutely love our Nest Smart Thermostat. I can only recommend both of these products.