4 Wire Thermostat Wiring Color Code

4 Wire Thermostat Wiring Color Code

In this post we teach the 4 wire thermostat wiring color codes and how to understand what they mean when installing your thermostat. The information we have on thermostat wiring is valid for both smart thermostats and older style manual thermostats.

We teach you what you need to know to wire your new Nest Thermostat, Ecobee or other smart thermostat and what the thermostat wiring colors mean and how they work.

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Is Nest Thermostat Worth It?

Is Nest Thermostat Worth It?

Is the Nest Thermostat worth it? Yes, in my opinion the Nest Thermostat is one of the best investments you can make in your home to save energy, live more comfortably and even increase your safety.

We explain how the Nest Thermostat works and why it might be a worthwhile addition to your home.

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Does Nest Work With HomeKit?

Does Nest Work With HomeKit?

Does Nest work with HomeKit? Yes and no. We explain how Nest works with your iPhone and what you can do do get Nest to work with HomeKit.

You don’t need HomeKit in order to to use your Nest on your iPhone. The main functionality that HomeKit add’s to smart devices is the ability to use Siri voice commands to control your smart devices like the Nest. But since the Nest is not a HomeKit certified device the Siri voice commands are disabled.

However you can still use your Nest with voice commands using Alexa or Google Home Assistant. There is also an iOS app that integrates with Siri and Nest to allow you voice control of Nest through Siri and will also allow you to control your Nest with voice through your Apple Watch.

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Best HomeKit Thermostats

Best HomeKit Thermostats

We review the best home kit thermostat for your smart home. Adding a smart thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit will allow you to use your Siri on your phone to control your HomeKit compatible thermostat with your voice.

You can say things like “Siri set the heat to 70 degrees” to control your thermostat without the need to touch your thermostat.

There is a large number of smart thermostats that work with HomeKit but there are a few that provide exceptional features, simplicity and great design. We cover the best HomeKit smart thermostats as well as provide the full list of smart thermostats that are compatible with HomeKit and Siri.

In our review we found the Ecobee and Sensi Thermostats to be the best HomekIt thermostats, also followed by Mysa smart thermostats which provides great HomeKit control for high voltage electric baseboard heating systems.

If you are looking for a smart home thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit our guide should help you make the right decision on the best HomeKit Thermostat for you.

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Does Ecobee Work With Alexa?

Does Ecobee Work With Alexa?

Does Ecobee work with Alexa? Yes, all ecobee thermostats including the ecobee 4, ecobee 3 and ecobee 3 lite all work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up your ecobee to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat.

Our favorite ecobee smart thermostat is the ecobee 4 thermostat which has built in amazon alexa functionality with an alexa microphone and speaker built into the casing of the ecobee 4. With built in amazon alexa on the ecobee 4 you can talk directly to the ecobee 4 with voice commands to control your thermostat. It also works with other alexa devices for full voice control.

We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your ecobee thermostat.

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What Smart Thermostats Work With Google Home?

What Smart Thermostats Work With Google Home?

What smart thermostats work with Google Home? Having a smart thermostat is great, and controlling from your phone is a huge step up from manual thermostats but having Google Home Voice control of your smart thermostat is a true luxury.

The nest thermostat works with Google Home commands and adds additional functionality to your smart home system. The Ecobee Generation 4 smart thermostat also works with Google Home and but also has Amazon Alexa built in. There are several other smart thermostats that work with Google Home but the most popular the smart thermostats that work with Google Home are nest and ecobee.

We also teach you what voice commands work with Google Home to control your smart thermostat. Setting up your smart thermostat to work with Google Home is a quick easy process that can be completed on any phone once the Google Home app is downloaded. We teach you how to connect your smart thermostat to google home with a simple easy to use guide.

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Does the nest X yale lock work with Google Home?

Does the nest X yale lock work with Google Home?

Does the nest smart lock work with google home? Yes, the nest x yale smart lock does work with all google home devices, including the google home hub, google home mini and google home allowing for full voice command control of the nest x yale smart lock. We cover all of the nest devices you can connect to Google Home. Currently the nest thermostat, nest cameras and nest smart doorbell, nest locks, and nest security system all work with Google Home. The nest protect smoke detectors don’t work with Google Home.

If you want to have voice control of your nest x yale smart lock you can use any google home device or you can download the google assistant app on your phone for full voice control of the nest x yale smart lock. With voice commands you can lock your nest smart lock or check to see if the nest lock is unlocked or locked. You can’t unlock your nest x yale lock with your voice.

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What Smart Thermostats Work With Alexa?

What Smart Thermostats Work With Alexa?

What smart thermostats work with Alexa? Having a smart thermostat is great, and controlling from your phone is a huge step up from manual thermostats but having Alexa voice control of your smart thermostat is a true luxury. The nest thermostat works with alexa voice commands and adds additional functionality to your smart home system. The ecobee generation 4 smart thermostat works with Alexa and actually has Amazon Alexa built in. Inside the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat there is a small speaker and microphone to allow for full Amazon Alexa functionality inside of the Ecobee 4 thermostat. There are several other smart thermostats that work with alexa but the most popular the smart thermostats that work with alexa are nest and ecobee.

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Nest vs Nest E

Nest vs Nest E

We review the features of the Nest vs Nest E thermostat to help you decide which smart thermostat is best for you. The Nest Thermostat Generation 3 has more features and a higher end design than the Nest E thermostat. The Nest E still gets the job done but does not have the same high end look as the Nest Gen 3 thermostat in the looks category in Nest vs Nest E, the Nest is the clear winner. The Nest E is a lower cost vs the Nest Generation 3 thermostat and will still save you energy but do the cost savings justify the plastic design vs the smooth polished high end metal design of the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat.

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Does the nest thermostat work with google home?

Does the nest thermostat work with google home?

Does Google Home work with the nest thermostat? Yes, Google Home works with the nest thermostat to provide full voice control of your nest thermostat. With your google home connected to your nest thermostat you set the temperature or change between heating and cooling modes. We teach you how to set up Google Home to control your nest thermostat with your voice. We also teach you the best voice commands for google home to control your nest thermostat. Google Home control works with all Google Home products including the google home mini smart speaker.

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Does the nest thermostat generation 2 work with Alexa?

Does the nest thermostat generation 2 work with Alexa?

Does Alexa work with the nest generation 2 thermostat? Yes, the nest gen 2 thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 2 thermostat.

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Does Alexa Work With The Nest Thermostat?

Does Alexa Work With The Nest Thermostat?

Does Alexa work with the nest generation 3 thermostat? Yes, the nest thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 3 thermostat.

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How should you wire your new home for a Smart Thermostat?

How should you wire your new home for a Smart Thermostat?

What wire should you use for your new home to ensure that it will work with the nest thermostat, ecobee thermostats or other smart thermostats? If you are wiring a new home you should always use at least 5 wires if you have a standard HVAC system and 8 wires if you have a heat pump or multi stage heating and cooling. Smart thermostats like the nest thermostat should be wired with 5 wires to ensure that they have constant power to provide the best connection and best thermostat functionality. If you are wiring a new home and your HVAC contractor or Electrician is unsure of how many wires to use, make sure you use the 8 strand wire we recommend in our post to ensure your new home is compatible with a smart thermostat.

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Does the nest X yale lock work with Amazon Alexa?

Does the nest X yale lock work with Amazon Alexa?

Does the nest smart lock work with alexa? No, the nest x yale smart lock does not currently work with Alexa, but the google home mini does allow for full voice command control of the nest x yale smart lock. We cover all of the nest devices you can connect to alexa and what nest devices don’t work with amazon alexa. Currently the nest thermostat, nest cameras and nest smart doorbell all work with amazon alexa. The nest protect smoke detectors, and nest security system don’t work with alexa.

If you want to have voice control of your nest x yale smart lock you will need to use either a google home device or you can download the google assistant app on your phone for full voice control of the nest x yale smart lock. With voice commands you can lock your nest smart lock or check to see if the nest lock is unlocked or locked.

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5 Smart home upgrades that will increase the value of your home

5 Smart home upgrades that will increase the value of your home

A smart home upgrade is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home and increase the daily enjoyment you get from your home while living in it. We give you five easy DIY smart home upgrades that are sure to be a hit with you and your family. A smart home’s are growing in popularity everyday and more than 72% of millennial home buyers report that they will pay more for a home with smart home features. A smart home upgrade can help your home stand apart from the competition when you go to sell your home or provide you years of smart home living if you choose to upgrade to a smart home.

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What smart home automation devices do I have in my smart home?

What smart home automation devices do I have in my smart home?

What smart home devices do I have in my smart home? What smart home devices do I recommend to automate your home and life? I give you the gritty details of all the smart devices I’ve loaded up my home with that have stood the test of time.

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Does the nest thermostat work well for people who travel?

Does the nest thermostat work well for people who travel?

Yes, it works great! The nest thermostat has a motion sensor in it that helps detect when you are home and turn the thermostat down accordingly to save you energy. You can also manually set the thermostat to away from the thermostat or from your smart phone, you don't really need to do this though because the Nest will automatically figure out that you are gone and adjust your temperature settings to save you energy and money.  On the app it lets you know that you have been saving energy while away with a logo of a house and a man walking out the door as shown in the screenshot below. With new upgrades to the app the nest also uses your GPS position to help make the home/away mode more accurate. 

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