Nest Learning Thermostat: Uses, Costs (Free?) & Reviews

Nest Learning Thermostat

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Smart thermostats are the newest addition to the smart home family, following smart meters and AI such as Alexa is the nest smart thermostat.

They control your heating using the internet, meaning that you can switch your heating off remotely via your phone or smart tablet.

This can be handy if you’re going away at the weekend and want to ensure that your home isn’t using an excessive amount of energy.

Or, if you’re at work and you can’t shake the feeling that you left the heating on.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Nest Thermostat in particular, including where you can get them, how they compare and the types of costs you can expect.

What is a smart thermostat?

Smart meters, on the other hand, sends your energy usage information automatically to your supplier, a smart thermostat takes care of the heating in your home.


Like a traditional thermostat, your smart thermostat controls the heating in your home, but with a few key differences.

For one, you can control everything remotely from your phone – even if you just don’t want to get out of bed in the morning to turn the heating down.

Secondly, some smart thermostats can even learn your routine which would then lead to it being able to predict when you want your heating turned on and off.

It should then do that for you automatically!

Finally, smart thermostats tend to come with an added load of extra features that can help you better understand your heating and your energy usage.

This can include things such as a breakdown of how much energy you use as well as even doing things such as controlling your hot water, provided you don’t have a combi boiler.

What is the Nest Thermostat?

The Nest Thermostat was a design from iPod designer Tony Fadell, but it was bought by Google a few years ago.

This lead to the development that while initially, you could only control it with an iPhone app, now Android users can also find a handy Nest app in the Google Play store.

Primarily, the Nest Thermostat works just like a standard thermostat, controlling the temperature of your home by twisting it to reach your chosen temperature.

However, being a smart thermostat, Nest also learns about your behaviour, creating a heating schedule that fits with your lifestyle.

For instance, if you turn on your heating, every morning Nest will learn that, and after a week it will start to turn on your heating for you.

Another impressive feature is ‘far sight’, which is where Nest will notice when you have left the house and it will turn your heating off for you.

Not only does this product give you complete control over your heating regardless of where you are, but it also learns behaviour that means you will seldom have to think about your heat.

If your home has a boiler that is compatible, you could also control your hot water.

This comes with a really handy feature where Nest will tell you if your pipes are at risk of bursting due to the cold weather.

Something like this could end up saving you £100s on repairs and wasted energy.

Here are some more features you could enjoy with a Nest Thermostat

✔ Creates a heating schedule based on your behaviour
✔ Aims to mean that you will never have to adjust your temperature by hand
✔ Has motion sensors to detect when your home is empty
✔ Control your heating away from home
✔ Control your hot water
✔ Customers have saved approximately 20% on their energy
✔ Nest has a range of other products compatible with the app


When it comes to the costs associated with the Nest Thermostat, you have to take into consideration not only the device itself but also installation costs.

Although it may be possible to install it yourself, the Nest website does say that it recommends that you hire an installer, so you don’t harm yourself or the product.

Of course, this is entirely up to you, but according to research with some of these installers, they will supply you with a Nest Thermostat and installation for around £250.

Alternatively, getting the Nest Thermostat alone will set you back about £173 or up to £200, depending on the retailer.

The Nest website has a handy feature where it shows you Nest installers on a map depending on where you live, plus their features and how much they charge.

So either way, it might be a good idea to check out how much a professional installer costs.


What is the installation process?

  • You find and hire a certified installer
  • They remind you and tell you what they will need access to
  • It takes around 75 minutes to install the thermostat
  • The tech should test your boiler and advise you on where to put the Heatlink

Nest doesn’t recommend that you try and install the thermostat yourself as it requires handling live wires.

How to use the Nest Thermostat

The Nest is meant to learn according to your behaviour, so the quickest way that it can learn is if you control your heating or hot water.

Depending on the time of year, you may not have anything to tell it for a while, but when winter comes along, you should utilise its many features.

After around a week, the Nest Thermostat is meant to have picked up your routine and should start to do certain things automatically.

For instance, if you turn on your heating every morning, it should start to do that by itself.

If you go on holiday, it will automatically switch to ‘away mode’ so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn your heating off!

In other words, really after a few weeks, you shouldn’t have to do anything with your heating at all – but it still gives you the option.


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