After becoming very frustrated with my so called programmable thermostat the first chilly morning of the year, I said to heck with this and bought a Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577. This has been a purchase I was procrastinating after the expense of my move this summer, but I finally reached the critical mass of frustration necessary to spur the action.
You’ve been there, right? This will do until. . . . NO it will no longer do.
So I hopped over to Amazon Prime a dangerously addictive program I belong to and made my purchase. Generally this means that I’ll receive said product in 2 days, but much to my happy surprise, the Nest 2 arrived the very next morning. WIN!
I was super proud of myself. I took a picture of the old wiring, just in case, on the advice of a Twitter friend. This advice came in handy, but not for the reasons she expected.
Well look at that tiny little wire connecting Rh to Rc. Unlike what the troubleshooting guide said, this wire is VERY important. Critically So.
I turned off the power at the breaker, disconnected the old thermostat, connected the Nest, turned the power back on and followed the extremely simple set up process to get the new thermostat working.
I went to bed that night with the Nest glowing a warm orange, assuring me that the house was being heated to a comfortable 65 degrees.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up with three shivering children snuggled into my bed. Roll over, the littlest one said.
Finally I got up and sure enough it was still glowing orange saying it was heating but the temperature in the house was certainly not 65. And I know, I know, we are Southerners with thin blood who don’t wear enough clothing to ward off a chilly night.
My new to me home has a fireplace that we put to good use this morning. The kids were excited, it was actually the first time I had used said fireplace, so we ended up experimenting with the flue a bit more than I anticipated.
Once the chill was off of the room and enough coffee had been consumed (Yes, I have a caffeine addiction), I girded my loins and began troubleshooting the lying thermostat.
It turns out that the little red wire connecting the Rh and Rc inputs in the thermostat was vital to making the thermostat work. Unfortunately I had dropped this two inch bit of importance into the fan of my dehumidifier. I did not want to go to the hardware store simply to buy two inches of wire.
Did you know that dehumidifiers are over-engineered to ensure you cannot get to the fan? 14 screws and many quiet swears later, I had said wire in hand.
I copied the layout of the old thermostat, crossed my fingers and re-attached the face of the Nest Gen 2 Thermostat.
It worked perfectly, it was just a quirk of my older home’s wiring and my reluctance to read instructions.
Ease of installation? If you read instructions, I’d say piece of cake. If you’re me and just kind of give things a go, you may prematurely brag about how handy you are. You may then drop a vital piece of the installation and complicate the process further.
Ease of programming? It’s automatic and adjusts to your schedule, or you can fiddle with it and teach it yourself.
Energy Costs? That will be seen over time, I do know that we experienced significant savings over the previous year in my last home. I have not lived in this house long enough to give you an accurate percentage how what the cost savings will be. I do know the frustration cost is already lower, now that I have finished sabotaging my own installation efforts.
You can read about the Nest thermostats on their own beautifully designed website. I will probably be updating this home’s smoke detectors over time, too. There are few things more aggravating than playing where is the chirp coming from, at least with my -shiny!- I mean limited attention span.
(I had a discussion about this purchase on both Facebook and Twitter and was asked by friends to write about the experience. Trust me, if I can install this thermostat with three kids zooming about, even the least handy among you should be able to handle it.)
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