Favorite Things – NEST Thermostats


nest-thermostat-featuredThe Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adapts as your life and the seasons change. Just use it for a week and it programs itself.

If NEST learns that I wake up every morning at 5:30 and immediately hit the thermostat to raise the temp by 5 degrees, then NEST will begin AUTOMATICALLY having the temp adjusted so that it is the temperature that I desire at 5:30 am.

As NEST learns that the house is empty by 8 a.m. each day, it will automatically adjust itself so as to not run while no one is home.   Sure, I can program in a schedule, but why?  I let NEST learn our patterns and schedule itself to be the most energy efficient possible.

Let’s say I am leaving work on a cold cold day.  Before leaving, I can use my smartphone and tell NEST to have the house at 75 degrees before I get home.   It’ll do it!

Or why should I even have to tell it.   I can program NEST to automatically adjust to my desired temperature whenever my car leaves my office.   It knows I am on my way home, so let’s get the house comfortable.

NEST can also communicate with my other home automation systems.   NEST senses when no one is home, so I can have all my lights automatically turn off when NEST senses no one is there.

If I tell my Amazon Echo that “Alexa, I’m Hot”, it will automatically lower NEST by 5 degrees.  Or “Alexa, I’m Cold” will automatically raise the temp by 5 degrees.

The Nest Thermostat is just one part of my heating and cooling system. But it can keep an eye on the rest of it. I get an alert on my phone if there’s something wrong – like temperatures are so low my pipes could burst. And if it looks like my furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will send me an alert.

Nest shows you how much energy you use every day in Energy History and every month in your Home Report. So you can see when you use more energy, like on weekends or Monday nights, and how to use less.

NEST not only saves me money by programming itself to be the most energy efficient possible, but it also makes my life more comfortable.

 

About Shelly Berryhill

I am a serial entrepreneur. My interests include website building, monetization of websites, and local politics.

Posted on February 18, 2016, in Favorite Things and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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