This Is a Hot Deal on a Cool Nest Thermostat

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The humble thermostat isn't the hottest gadget category, but the Nest thermostat has the right combination of attractive interface and smartphone integration to actually be lust-worthy. Instead of pokey up and down buttons, the Nest shows you the current temperature on an aluminum dial and glows either blue or red if it's currently heating or cooling your home. After a week of manually setting the temperature, the Nest learns your schedule and starts to control your home temperature on its own. Plus, you can control it from your computer or smartphone.

Although there's a second-generation Nest thermostat, the first-gen still has most of the same functionality, and Amazon's running a great sale today. Today's Gold Box deal is the first-gen Nest for $179, which is over 25% off the list price. Although we've seen refurbished first-gen Nest thermostats for $200, these are new, which makes this a super deal. First, make sure it works with your heating system, then pick it up. Boom — your house just got a little smarter. [Amazon]

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cpmorris70
cpmorris70

I got a gen 2 for Christmas and installed it the same day with a little help from support. I e-mailed them a picture and the tech got me up and running in no time. I read people who don't have one giving their 2 cents saying that it's too expensive. My advice would be not to comment on things you know nothing about. The fact that we can control our thermostat from our phones is great enough, but Nest sends energy reports to us each month to tell us how many hours our system has been running, etc. This is extremely valuable information when you are trying to get your heating/cooling bill under control. This is not something that has to be paid for every month, it is included in the one time price of the unit. So before you naysayers bitch about price, get the facts on what you get for that price and then you can bitch all you want about something else since you will never be satisfied.