Meet Nest, the "learning thermostat" that's poised to save your home. Nest is probably one of the smartest and most considerate thermostats you've ever met. Not only is it's design sleek and unassuming, but after only about a week, Nest will have learned your preferences, schedules, and habits, and then will do everything it can to keep your "nest" ideally comfortable and energy efficient. Incorporating an automated thermostat is just the right next step in making your home a Smart-Home.
While programmable thermostats aren't necessarily anything new, what is new is the learning and intuitive nature of the Nest. Most people don't (or don't know how to) optimally program their heating and cooling systems to save energy and stay comfortable. Nest takes out the guess work and all the trial-and-error, storing information over the first week of installation as you adjust it as you normally would. From there it learns your preferences (maybe you like a toasty 78 degrees in teh morning, but then a cool 68 at night) and predicts what you'll want in the future. There's even the "away" feature that, with a touch, applies preset minimum and maximum temperatures for while you're on vacay.
By optimizing temperature control in your space, Nest can help you reduce energy costs anywhere from 5-60% (the average household sees 20-30% savings), which helps the environment as much as your wallet.
Even though Nest will quickly learn your habits and preferences, you never know what may come up. Nest connects to your home WiFi, enabling you to connect and control your home temperature from anywhere. Unexpected guests arriving before you'll be home? Access Nest from your iPad at work to have the house a cozy temperature in time for their arrival. Away on vacation and decide to stay an extra day? A couple clicks of your Smartphone and Nest will know not to heat up or cool down an empty house.
While there are "Nest Certified Professionals" available to install Nest in your nest, you can likely install it yourself in less than 30 minutes without anything fancier than a screwdriver. Nest comes with everything you'll need, including easy to follow DIY instructions and friendly Nest Support contacts for any questions, and is compatible with most home heating and cooling systems.
From there it's just a few starter questions and a week of learning your habits, and your Nest will do the rest.
Bryan Gorog is the owner of BCG Concepts Audio & Video in Los Angeles, CA
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