You may be wondering what a learning thermostat is. Or why you would even want one. Besides, the thermostat on the wall has been working fine for years. Right? We’ll be going over the basics to help you better understand this new technology and the benefits. By the end, you’ll hopefully be able to decide for yourself if it’s right for you.
Nest Thermostat – Value
Let’s get to the important stuff, we need to talk about how it saves money! Nest Learning Thermostat will save about 10%-12% of heating usage and about 15% of cooling usage in homes with central air conditioning. This means the Nest can pay for itself in as little as a year. Not a bad investment. Additionally, you can sign up to get personalized energy tips on how to save even more money.
Nest Thermostat – Technology
The thermostat is packed with sensors and chips. There’s ten temperature sensors alone! It knows when people are in the room, if it’s in direct sunlight, the humidity, and more. This information is used to coordinate with your HVAC system and develop a plan to maximize efficiency.
It can also learn. If you develop a habit of turning the temperature down at 9pm, it will start doing that for you. If it notices that you leave the house on weeknights from 7am to 6pm, it will plan for that. But, it won’t make any changes without your permission. And if you’re the type of person who likes to get hands-on, you can also manually program it from your phone.
Nest Thermostat – Design
The Nest Learning Thermostat revolutionized the way thermostats look and work. Its round appearance is reminiscent of the old Honeywell design from 1953. Except now you have a have a large, bright, and easy to read screen that can be seen from across the room.
It’s designed to be simple to use, but effective. The metal ring on the outside spins to adjust the temperature or to navigate the menus. The ring is also used to make selections by pushing it in. The menus are simple and easy to understand. No abbreviations or unknown button combos in order to get it to work.
Nest Protect – How and Why
The Nest Protect is a new approach to the fire alarm and CO detector. Like the Nest Thermostat, it has plenty of sensors. Because of that, it knows the difference between a fast fire or smoke from the toaster. Instead of a blinking light, you get a color coded ring near the center which allows you to check the status at a glance.
If there’s a problem, the Protect will activate a calm voice that will explain what is happening and in which room. Not to worry, it also has a traditional 85 dB siren. Built in, there’s a system that’s checks itself so you can rest easy knowing it’s ready to alert you. Also, there’s a night mode which will light up the pathway when it senses motion.
It’s powered by wire or battery so no need to worry about making sure it will work with your existing setup. When it’s connected to your WiFi, your phone can control it. It can be setup to send alerts to your phone in case you’re away. Or, you can snooze the system if it’s a false alarm.
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