Begin Your Smart Home With Nest
Your home’s thermostat probably isn’t on your mind throughout the day. It’s likely something you set months ago and adjust infrequently – maybe only as the seasons change. If you’re like most people, you leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it because programming a thermostat is complicated and irritating.
Meet the next generation thermostat! The Nest Learning Thermostat can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20% by learning your schedule and programing itself to operate efficiently. Whether you’re considering transitioning to a complete smart home or just want something to show off to the neighbors, the Nest should be the FIRST purchase you make for your winter home.
If you don’t think thermostats are important, consider this: they control half of your home’s energy bill. That’s more than lighting, computers, appliances, TVs and stereos combined. If you’re thermostat isn’t programmed optimally, you could be throwing away a couple hundred dollars per year.
The Nest Learning Thermostat isn’t just practical, it’s also sexy. Wait a minute… can a thermostat be sexy? Yeah, I guess it can be when it is envisioned by the creator of the iPod. Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest Labs, served as a Senior Vice President at Apple and is known as one of the fathers of the iPod. While building a vacation home, Tony decided to design a new and better thermostat when he found himself unimpressed by those that were available in the market. Partnering with Matt Rogers, the two founded Nest Labs in 2010.
Video: Meet the Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest has been created to save energy and money. And with Auto-Schedule, it does both automatically. Once installed, all you need to do is change the temperature for a few days. This helps teach Nest about your climate preferences. It doesn’t just learn the temperature that you like. It also learns the time, the day of the week, and your patterns. It continually adapts to your life’s changes, and is so simple that 99% of Nests have schedules that match their owners’ lives.
Auto-Away is a feature that utilized built-in sensors to determine if the house is empty. When Nest detects that no one is home, it automatically adjusts to a more conservative temperature to save energy. Auto-Away works in 90% of homes, and 75% of those home go into Auto-Away at least once per week.
The Nest Leaf appears when you choose a temperature setting that will save energy. By adjusting the temperature just one degree, you can save up to 5% on your energy bill. The leaf is a visual representation to guide you toward saving money.
Airwave lowers your air conditioning runtime automatically when the humidity in your home isn’t too high. This feature can reduce A/C runtime by up to 30% by turning off the unit a few minutes early , then using the fan to spread the cold air through your home.
Auto-Tune is a service that is only available through Nest’s energy partners, and powers Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings. Rush Hour Rewards takes advantage of energy company incentives that pay you to use less energy when other people are using more. Seasonal Savings takes everything that Nest has learned about you and fine-tunes your schedule to save energy without sacrificing comfort. You can check to see if your utility company is an energy partner here.
Video: How the Nest Learning Thermostat Learns
Conducting Additional Research
When making important purchases, I recommend performing additional research at Amazon.com. I always read the customer reviews to get an idea of how others feel about the item. I think about how I would use the product and try to find similar users who have left reviews, and see if their experience has been favorable or unfavorable.
I like to start by looking at the “Most Helpful First” reviews. This is usually the default setting that you would receive if you went to the review page on Amazon. I read the first couple of reviews and look for patterns related to the pros and cons of the item. When reading the “Most Helpful First” reviews, it’s important to note the dates those reviews were made, however. If the review was done a year ago, you’ll have to ask yourself if it is still relevant. Has the manufacturer made any revisions, updates, design changes, etc. since then? If so, you might want to put less weight into certain reviews.
Next, I review the “Newest First” option. This helps to answer the question if any changes were recently made to the product. Look for how many stars the most recent reviews have. Is the average above or below the overall product average? Do you notice any important issues that are being repeated over and over? Try to spot trends that are being called out in the reviews and determine how they would relate to how you plan on using the product.