The Nest Learning Thermostat has introduced innovation to the homeowners’ arena, automating the entire house and regulating the AC and heating. The thermostat, $249, has earned the Editors’ Choice designation for home automation devices because of its state-of-the-art qualities.
The Nest sports a unique design, featuring a brushed metal finish and a simple domed style that fits nicely on your wall. It automates by hooking into your wireless and lets you program the heating and cooling schedule via your phone, tablet or computer. No more unauthorized changes in temperature—if you set it ahead of time, the kids can’t mess with it and you can enjoy energy savings without the constant turning up and down of the dial.
The Nest’s sensors detect humidity, temperature, and activity, allowing the system to function based on multiple factors, not a single setting. An Auto-Away feature kicks in when you’re away, stopping excess cooling and heating while still monitoring temps so they don’t reach extremes. The energy history helps you set goals, track cooling and daily heating as well as receive reports on the way your house is using energy on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The Nest is also tied to an app that’s easy to use and can generate your usage reports from anywhere.
While some may be wary of an automated thermostat, the Nest’s functionality makes it both convenient and effective. Not to mention that it will end your household’s constant wrangling over the temperature. The system can’t be overridden without access to the main controller, but this doesn’t mean only one person is comfortable. The Nest is designed to keep everyone happy and ensure efficient energy consumption.
The Nest is perfect for people who like to try new ways to increase energy efficiency and improve household systems. The reporting is so easy to access, there’s no reason not to reach your energy savings goal this year.
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