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The Nest 3rd Generation vs. Nest Thermostat E
The new Nest - is it a big deal?
Recently Nest released the latest version in their Smart Thermostat lineup, known as the Nest Thermostat E. This is not a replacement for the third generation Nest Thermostat, which continues to be available. So why the addition to the product lineup?
Right off the bat consumers will notice the price tag.
The Nest Thermostat E retails for $169 compared to the third generation Nest at $249.
You’ll find these prices are universal before any potential rebates being offered by your local energy company.
Smart thermostats aren’t cheap, so this is an attempt by Nest to appeal to the more penny-wise segment of smart home consumers. The first question everyone asks is “Great, that lower price is appealing to me, but what functionality am I giving up?”
Part of the price difference is the metal in the original model has been replaced with polycarbonate, which is a plastic-like material that’s much stronger than typical plastic. Another change from the original model is on the display. The frosted overlay gives images and graphics being displayed a warm glowing effect. Additionally, the device all but disappears into white walls.
One of the highly touted goals of the Nest Thermostat has always been to learn your habits and adjust the temperature in your home accordingly so that you don’t have to focus on climate control anymore. Now the Thermostat E has the ability to physically disappear as well.
A limitation is the feature known as Farsight, which is included in the third generation and has the ability to sense your presence and display what you want to see on the device, is not included in the Nest Thermostat E. However, The E does have the motion-sensing technology, so it still knows when you are home or away, and this functionality is widely regarded as one of the most energy efficient cost saving features.
Nest claims a 95% compatibility with all HVAC units for the third-generation model. That compatibility percentage drops to 85% with the Thermostat E due to 4 fewer wire terminals.
Check out the compatibility tool to see if your wiring will work with the device you plan to buy
So, you are giving up the Farsight feature, a small percentage less of compatibility, and style points for saving a few dollars. You will still be able to control the thermostat remotely or through most digital assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. The choice ultimately is yours. Once you have made that choice contact your local Nest Pro Smart Home Solutions for installation!
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