Nest Protect

chris

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Is anyone getting the Nest Protect, the new smoke + carbon monoxide alarm from Nest Labs? I have all new alarms, but will be replacing one with the Protect. I have the Nest Thermostat and have for the most part, been pleased with it.


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I ordered the wired version. Seems like a pretty straightforward install.
 
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Chris. Can you give us your opinion (likes and dislikes) about the Nest? We've thought about it for our home but are inclined to think we'd need a professional to install it. We can't even figure out how to remove the old thermostat. (GRIN)

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Chris. Can you give us your opinion (likes and dislikes) about the Nest? We've thought about it for our home but are inclined to think we'd need a professional to install it. We can't even figure out how to remove the old thermostat. (GRIN)

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Sure, I did a review of the Nest last year. Since then, I'm still happy with it, for the most part. I'd like to be able to completely turn off heat/cooling. This month has been very comfortable in NY, even some hot days in October. We had our attic open over the weekend. It's directly above the Nest. I had the 'away' setting to 79 degrees. To my surprise, the air conditioning came on. Granted, I was able to easily fix this by changing my away settings, but it would have been easier to turn off completely.

The occasional issue with WiFi, but I blame that on my router which has been problematic with other devices (TiVo).

Having control of your thermostat from iPhone, iPad and computer is a powerful thing. During the peak heating/cooling months, I monitor it like a hawk. It learns my changes and my schedule is correct for the most part. I think the real value is having access and making changes. If I was away all day, I would use the scheduling more often.

It's also great when I go away. I had mine setup by my electrician, part of my remodeling bill. This seems to be a bit more tricky than Protect, since it involves your heating/cooling system.


If you did hire an electrician, I can't see this taking more than an hour for one, if not both (if you have multiple zones).

Would I recommend it? Definitely. I love it.
 
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Chris, I really need to come and fit a BMS system to your house. Nest is great, but it still requires a human input. You need something automatic, which will only notify you when you really need it. Smoke alarms included :)
 
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Chris, I really need to come and fit a BMS system to your house. Nest is great, but it still requires a human input. You need something automatic, which will only notify you when you really need it. Smoke alarms included :)
Right. We all remember what happened the last time we designed something that needed no human input...

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The Nest Protect is really starting to get on my nerves. Apparently, it has supersonic sensors which can set off a false alarm by dust. Admittedly, we have wood floors, a toddler, two cats and no Roomba. Things get dusty, but it's hardly a dirty house. For no reason, it went off the other night. Yesterday, precisely timed during my daughter's nap, it went off again. I had to pull it out of the wall. Now I have to go shopping for compressed air, something I never had to do with a regular alarm.

Yeah, so I'm a bit over the $129 Nest Protect. Glass half full, they did a great job by early adopters by sending a check to offset the price change. Seriously, these need to be no more than $60 or so. Even at that price, it's hard to justify.