November 4, 2011

Nest, Automated Thermostat For Home

Nest, automated thermostat for home.

Heating and cooling are the biggest energy costs of any home. The thermostat is the main control for controlling the temperature and energy costs at your home. Whether you use a smart thermostat or a manual one at home, you’ll find the Nest automated thermostat worth a look.

Like other smart thermostats, the Nest thermostat can be set over the Internet. In addition it auto-learns to set the most comfortable temperature at home at different times.

Nest learns initially by the temperatures you program for different times of the day. In addition it detects when people are around (or not) and adjusts the temperatures accordingly to meet the two goals of keeping comfortable temperatures when people are around, and keeping energy costs low by turning off heating/cooling when people are not around. Per Nest
No more programming, no more constantly changing the temperature. The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself in a week to keep you comfortable and save energy.
Nest provides easy to follow steps that show how to install the thermostat on your own.

Nest Thermostat Price - $250.
The thermostat is said to be sold-out till Feb-2012.

Should I Use?
Nest is a well-designed product and shows what an Internet-enabled thermostat should be like. It will give your home a modern look.

Nest is a little pricey but if that is ok for you then it will be a great addition to the home.

Alternatives to Nest Thermostat
Alternatives to Nest include z-wave thermostats (smart thermostats), which can be set over the Internet. For example

  1. ADT Pulse’s z-wave thermostat, RCS TZ45 - $200
  2. Vivint’s z-wave thermostat - $100
  3. FrontPoint Security’s Trane and GE z-wave thermostat - $145 and $50 respectively
  4. and others
You can install and use a z-wave thermostat on your own (with a z-wave panel) or use it together with the home automation services listed above.