Nest Generation 2 Thermostat Review – Not Sponsored

Heather says

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.

Old Wiring


Smart, right?

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.

Thawing OutMy 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.

wireDid 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.

I have never had a relationship with the company that produces this product and yet, I’m a repeat customer. How is that for an endorsement?

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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  1. Abe E. Padilla on November 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Even better than first gen. Simple, reliable. Perfect. Worth every penny. Can’t imagine ever going back to a non-nest thermostat.

  2. Katie on October 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    We have a first gen Nest in our house and are actually upgrading so we can take advantage of the integration with our whole-house humidifier we are having installed. What I wanted to mention was our experience with their Customer Service. Our Nest suddenly stopped being able to connect to the wi-fi. This meant we had to actually walk up to the thermostat to change it. Gasp! It functioned fine aside from that. 20 min on the phone with their tech support and we had a replacement being shipped to us. It arrived within 2 days. I should also mention that the Nest was about 2 months out of warranty. The whole experience was pretty awesome.

    • Heather Solos on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Thank you for sharing your experience. As a community manager, hearing that a company has done something right really makes me happy.

  3. Caterina on October 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    My friend’s loving his Nest; he’s got a rental property and uses it there. May you enjoy yours just as much!

  4. Angi on October 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    We have had the nest for over a year and out cost savings has been HUGE. Mostly because it turns off when no one is home for 2 hours. Once it gets used to your schedule, it will start to turn on 15ish min before you normally get home. I recommend it to everyone!

  5. imabug on October 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    you know, i probably could have saved you the trouble of taking apart that humidifier to retrieve the wire with just the wire trimmings off my workbench

    • Heather Solos on October 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You know, it never occurs to me to do that. It would have been a lot simpler. A lot.

  6. paisano on October 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Super impressed! I want to get this too! I also want to get their new product, the smart smoke alarm that also detects carbon monoxide and verbally tells you when the batteries are low.
    There’s a revolution going on now for the smarter home with apps and everything including for replacing keys and your locks.

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