Imagine a thermostat that learns your schedule and adjusts its temperature using sensors that detect light and activity – knowing when you’re in the house and when you’re not – so that you can save money and energy. That’s just what the Nest does.
The Nest, invented by Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, and Matt Rogers, the iPod software developer, programs itself. For the first week, the device is set manually, and then it learns behaviors and patterns. It can even be programmed from a cell phone, tablet or any computer at any given time. Plus, utilizing Wi-Fi, Nest can check the weather and provide monthly reports on how much energy is used and how much can be saved. Nest is compatible with 95 percent of heating and cooling systems.
Here are some additional interesting Nest features:
- Auto-Away™: Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temperature when no one is home.
- Airwave™: Nest turns off the air conditioning a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. This keeps the air cool, but runs air conditioning up to 30% less.
- Energy History: See when heating and cooling were on, and what affected energy use.
- System Match™: Enables users to get the most out of a high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help users save and keep comfortable.
Nest costs about $249, plus installation, though it can be installed without a professional. Standard installation should take approximately 30 minutes, and can save about $173 a year over someone who does not use a programmable thermostat (or just doesn’t program the thermostat).
For additional information about Nest, or to purchase the thermostat, contact Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at 1-800-989-0299.