Or maybe it is. I never thought I’d look forward to returning home from a trip to install a thermostat, but that’s where I found myself Friday night. Sometimes, it’s good to play handyman meets tech geek meets environmentalist.
The Nest is the smartest home thermostat you’ve ever met – and it’s pretty. Designed by former Apple employees and strongly reminiscent of an iProduct box-opening ceremony, the Nest promises to clean your home of all its predecessor’s failures in climate regulations.
It took about 15 minutes to install. To test the compatibility, you can even email a photo of your existing unit’s wiring to [email protected] and they’ll give you a ring to let you know exactly what needs to happen. I learned that I had a ‘jump cable’ to fool the old unit into thinking it had ‘emergency heat’. Tricky. Throw it out. Read more →