What is a Nest Thermostat and Why Should You Use it?

The future is now – and in the HVAC industry, that future is Nest. If you’ve been in a big box hardware store recently, you may have seen the interesting-looking thermostats and cameras on display with “Nest” emblazoned across them. They’re certainly eye-catching, and they definitely don’t look like the thermostats that you’re used to. But looks aren’t the only thing that’s different about the Nest system. Here’s everything you need to know about HVAC’s newest wave of the future, and how it can help you save money and increase efficiency in your home.

What is Nest?

The Nest Learning Thermostat, or Nest for short, is one of the latest technologies revolutionizing the HVAC industry. Created by one of Apple’s iPod designers, Nest employs the same level of user-friendly features and accessibility. Nest works like a regular thermostat in that it controls the temperature inside your home, but it takes this function a step further. A Nest Thermostat “learns” what temperatures you prefer, and when you prefer them. Over time, the wifi-enabled thermostat auto-adjusts to meet these preferences, and it can even learn your schedule and routine so it knows when you’re home and when you’re away. After determining how long it takes to heat or cool your home, Nest will adjust its settings so it can turn on sooner to allow adequate time to regulate the temperature. Nest also comes with a handy app, so you can control the temperature while you’re away.

What Else Does Nest Do?

The Nest Thermostat is actually just one component of a larger system that includes Nest Protect and Nest Camera. Each piece is interrelated and communicates with the others. Nest Protect functions as a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, alerting you if there’s ever any danger by sending a message to your phone or computer. Likewise, it also will shut down the furnace or AC if the problem appears to be coming from there. Nest Camera provides even more security to your home, giving you visual access to your space when you’re gone through super-clear 1080p HD. Equipped with both a mic and speakers, you can communicate with others in your home when you’re not there, and it also has ultra-clear night vision technology. Finally, the Camera alerts you when it detects motion or sound activity, so you always know what’s going on at your house.

Nest is truly a game-changer for not only the HVAC industry, but also in the area of home security. This highly advanced technology goes far beyond basic function in giving customers the accessibility and versatility they want, right at their fingertips. With its ability to learn your preferences, Nest can save on heating and cooling costs, in addition to increasing security and giving customers the peace of mind they want.