When it comes to your apartment, you may want to add new technology like a Nest Thermostat. This is the new wave of temperature control in housing.
But, can you install a Nest in your apartment? The answer is yes you can, as long as your landlord and contract will allow it.
There are many reasons why you may want to install a Nest in your apartment. It may be because of convenience, to save money, or you just like new technology.
This may make you wonder if it is even possible to add one to your apartment.
The first thing you should do is ask your landlord if you can install one. If they say yes, you may want to keep the old one so that you can put it back when you leave.
I’m sure you would want to take the Nest with you after your lease is up.
Why Put A Nest Thermostat In Your Apartment
- It can be controlled from your smart phone
- It saves energy
- It saves you money
- Works with Alexa
- It’s self-programming
- Comes in several colors (see here.)
The Nest offers convenience due to its ability to connect to your phone or device.
Imagine sitting in your TV room watching a movie with a loved one or with your family and then you hear “Honey, can you turn down the temperature?”
You can begrudgingly walk to the next room to turn it down one degree, or you can simply pick up your phone and mash a button.
Nest was the first thermostat to earn Energy Star. Seeing how your thermostat controls half of your energy bill, this is a big deal.
Independent studies have shown that the Nest saved an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.
Take your annual bill and subtract 10% from that. Over time, the Nest should pay for itself. The average savings that Nest estimates, according to their marketing, is around $140 a year.
Nest will also not run when it is unnecessary, so it will waste less power. In the long run, this will save energy.
This is great for the environment, and it is also great for your wallet.
Alexa is becoming more common in millions of households, so if that is something you use, or if you plan on using it in the future, Nest will work with it.
One of the coolest things about the Nest is that it learns what temperature settings that you like, and it programs itself to learn that in about a week.
If you like to drop your temperature down 5 degrees at night while you sleep, at some point Nest will learn this and you won’t have to do that anymore.
If you are constantly fiddling with the temperature, and if you set temps you like during nights, weekends, etc. then Nest will learn all of that on its own.
How To Install A Nest In A Apartment
The first thing you should do is to ask your landlord if you are allowed to install it. There is a difference in you being allowed to have one in your apartment and are you allowed to install it.
You have to mess with electrical wires and your contract may not allow you to do this. You would just need to pay an approved person to come install it for you.
Remember, always check with your landlord or your contract on what you are allowed to do.
Step by Step Guide
- Turn off the power to your thermostat.
- Label the wires leading into your old thermostat.
- Remove your old thermostat.
- Mark the position of your new Nest.
- Install the trim plate (this is an optional step.)
- Attach the Nest base to the wall.
- Connect the wires to your new Nest.
- Attach the Nest display.
- Enjoy your new Nest in your Apartment
For a detailed guide on installation, Tom’s has a great one.
Who Owns Nest?
Google owns Nest. In 2015, they paid $3.2 billion for the company. This is part of the suite of products that they offer for Smart Home Services.
Yes, if you are interested in the benefits of Nest for your apartment, you should definitely get one.
Remember though, the first thing you should check out is if you are even allowed to have one. Once you determine that, you also need to ask if you can install it yourself, or if you have to hire an approved contractor.
Also, remember to keep the old thermostat so that you can take your Nest with you when your contract is up. After all, you paid for it, so you should want to keep it for your next place.