Nest now compatible with Iris
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Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of flexibility in what you can do with nest in iris. It's a reliable, nice looking thermostat, but I kinda regret purchasing it. I was hoping the integration with iris would open up more options to do what I want, but it didn't. The natively supported zwave thermostats (Radio Thermostat and Go-Control) in iris have much better options for programming schedules, and nest forces you to use their app and their rules for scheduling nest thermostats.


I just want the ability to have different schedules run depending on presence. Its just not something you can do with nest. If you use their auto away feature in the summer, you have to come home to a hot miserable house and then it takes all night to cool down again!
The nest operates exactly the opposite from what I want. I want a hold temperature when someone is home, and a schedule when we are away (which I can configure to pre-cool the house based on our typical arrival times).


You can also set your away temperature on nest to heat well beyond what they consider "energy efficient". However, you aren't allowed to do the same with cooling. They force efficiency over comfort for cooling, but allow comfort over efficiency for heat.
The ONLY thing I really want from a smart thermostat is for it not to run all day long while I am away, but have the house comfortable and ready for me when I get home. The nest fails miserably at this task in the summer... the only way to do it is to disable the smart features and set a simple schedule just like you can do with a dumb $35 programmable thermostat.
It seems to me that Nest was designed for people who live in cold climates. If you live in the south, and you don't like your house 76 degrees when you come home, the nest isn't really the best option for you!

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55 minutes ago, scunny said:

You preserve nest settings.

Which is preferable in my mind.  The Nest interface is very refined.  I primarily want nest integration to provide temperature and humidity triggers for Iris rules and scenes.  Schedules and settings through the Nest interface is good with me.

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Just curious if anyone else has noticed a discrepancy in relative humidity between the nest app and the iris app?
Looking at the nest thermostat in the nest app always shows humidity 2% higher than in the same thermostat in the iris app.

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20 hours ago, Smitho said:

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of flexibility in what you can do with nest in iris. It's a reliable, nice looking thermostat, but I kinda regret purchasing it. I was hoping the integration with iris would open up more options to do what I want, but it didn't. The natively supported zwave thermostats (Radio Thermostat and Go-Control) in iris have much better options for programming schedules, and nest forces you to use their app and their rules for scheduling nest thermostats.


I just want the ability to have different schedules run depending on presence. Its just not something you can do with nest. If you use their auto away feature in the summer, you have to come home to a hot miserable house and then it takes all night to cool down again!
The nest operates exactly the opposite from what I want. I want a hold temperature when someone is home, and a schedule when we are away (which I can configure to pre-cool the house based on our typical arrival times).


You can also set your away temperature on nest to heat well beyond what they consider "energy efficient". However, you aren't allowed to do the same with cooling. They force efficiency over comfort for cooling, but allow comfort over efficiency for heat.
The ONLY thing I really want from a smart thermostat is for it not to run all day long while I am away, but have the house comfortable and ready for me when I get home. The nest fails miserably at this task in the summer... the only way to do it is to disable the smart features and set a simple schedule just like you can do with a dumb $35 programmable thermostat.
It seems to me that Nest was designed for people who live in cold climates. If you live in the south, and you don't like your house 76 degrees when you come home, the nest isn't really the best option for you!

Have you ever looked into the Ecobee products?  They do exactly as you've described.  I have one and love it.  In addition, they have remote sensors you place around your house that help to average out the temperature across the entire house.

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1 hour ago, oldfredbear said:

Have you ever looked into the Ecobee products?  They do exactly as you've described.  I have one and love it.  In addition, they have remote sensors you place around your house that help to average out the temperature across the entire house.

I have, but after buying a CT101, which didn't work reliably, and then buying a nest, which works well but isn't as flexible, I think my wife is tired of me blowing money on this stuff. It doesn't help that I've bought about 80 smart home devices in the last couple of years... I'm pretty much cut off for a while... haha 

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Hmmm.  I purchased and installed a Nest today.  Installation and pairing with Iris and my Echo went well.  And while I can control my temp settings via the Iris app just fine and even have the Echo tell me what the current Nest temp is, the Echo will not change the temp via voice command.  If I say "Alexa, set thermostat to 82 degrees", she replies "I'm not sure what went wrong."  I spoke with Iris tech support and they ultimately were not able to resolve the issue.  Is anyone else experiencing this issue or have any ideas?  

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