First launched on October 2011, the Nest Thermostat is a great tool to save big on your energy bills and stay comfortable in your own home. With an immediate focus on efficiency, safety, and ease of use. The biggest reason to consider one for yourself, aside from how nice it looks on the wall, is all of the tech baked into this tiny casing that dramatically changes how you use your thermostat.
Nest software learns from you as you use it, it remembers your input and will eventually start making changes for you. The thermostat uses contextual clues to make these decisions that you may not even be aware of. If you occasionally crank the thermostat up a few degrees because it’s colder outside, the Thermostat uses your ZIP code to determine whether it’s sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, raining or windy, Nest will eventually make those adjustments automatically.
Depending on your system, your thermostat will have several modes: Heat mode, Cool mode, Heat-Cool mode, ECO, and Off. When the weather changes, you may need to switch between heating and cooling your home. You can switch your thermostat mode with your Nest Thermostat or with the app.
Your Nest thermostat can automatically switch to Eco Temperatures after it senses that nobody’s home to help save energy. You can change these temperatures at any time using the app.
If the Wi-Fi in your home goes down or something else causes your Nest thermostat to go offline, your thermostat will continue to control your heating and cooling system. It will stay at the last temperature you set it to, and will keep following your heating or cooling schedule. You won’t be able to control your thermostat with the app until it reconnects, but you can always adjust the temperature by turning the ring on your thermostat. Your thermostat will periodically try to reconnect to your network, but if the network is down for a while it will check in less often to conserve battery power.
Nest thermostats can pay for themselves in two years or less. Independent studies have shown that Nest saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, Google has estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year.
Ultimately with the Nest Thermostat the potential for savings over time, combined with a well designed casing and the promise of a computer controlling the temperature of your house so well that you never have to think about it again, is the real decision being made.
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Movie Clip: Controlling your system temperatures with Nest…
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