Nest: Leading Home Automation


High Tech Gadgets For Your Home

Recently acquired by Google, Nest Labs works to create simple, powerful home automation gadgets that make life at home easier, safer, and cheaper. The company has been redesigning home automation since 2010, and is slowly rolling out its product line. The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect are its two current home automation tools. These products set themselves apart from others on the market by providing an unrivaled level of homeowner and technology intimacy.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Did you know that half of your energy bill comes from temperature control? The constant heating and cooling adjustments that you make, or don’t make, heavily cost you. More often than not, we set our thermostats to the one temperature, and leave it as is. But why should you be wasting energy on preserving the climate when you’re not even home to enjoy it?

You can save 20% on your energy bill if you program your thermostat correctly. But the problem is many don’t know how to. The Nest Learning Thermostat takes time to get to know you, find out how you like to lounge around your home, and adjusts temperature settings for you. This way, you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn off the air conditioning before you leave the house. All you have to do is manually adjust the Nest Learning Thermostat for a bit. Over the course of a few days, it records your adjustments, and then interprets what your climate preferences are based on this data. This way, it has a general idea of how warm you like your home, and what times are you usually gone. After this data collecting period, the Nest Learning Thermostat can maintain itself, and will adjust the temperature for you.

On top of controlling the climate of your home for you, the Nest Learning Thermostat reminds you when to change the filters in your vents. Dirty filters make your vents work harder, and in turn, raise your energy bills.

Nest Protect

Currently in its development phases, Nest Protect is the next installment in the home automation line. Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector that doesn’t overly protect you and your loved ones. Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are dangerous, but the issue with air quality detectors is their sensitivity. Have you been reminded too late to open a window while cooking when you hear the smoke detector ring?

In order to minimize false alarms and annoying sirens, Nest Protect gives you what’s called a “Heads-Up” before the emergency alarm sounds. Similar to the intimacy shared with the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect speaks to you in human voice to give you a Heads-Up of possible air quality threats. When it gets too smoky from the chicken you’re frying, Nest Protect will light up yellow and tell you that smoke levels are rising in the kitchen. You’ll also receive a notification on your smartphone or tablet as you hear Nest Protect. And since you know where the smoke is coming from, you can simply tell Nest Protect that it isn’t a threat.

In the event Nest Protect tells you that there is smoke coming from your bedroom, you don’t silence the Heads-Up, and the smoke gets worse, Nest Protect will sound an emergency alarm. During the emergency alarm, Nest Protect lights up red, emits a piercing sound, and alerts you verbally and via notification about the location of the situation.

Sometimes Nest Protect will skip giving you a Heads-Up and go straight to the emergency alarm. Nest Protect only does this when air quality declines rapidly, and immediate attention is required.

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What’s Next For Nest?

Expect to see more unrivaled, artificially intelligent smart home devices from Nest. After Nest perfects the Nest Protect, we hope to see automated locks, sensors, and lighting solutions for homes. Until that time, though, you can purchase Nest at a variety of in-store and online retailers. If you plan on purchasing or have already purchased Nest, here is a quick installation guide to get your thermostat up and running.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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