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Published on 03/04/2015 in Tech, tips & tricks


Nest, Google’s smart thermostat, is popping up in homes throughout the country. The device is clever, can be controlled via the internet, and learns fast. Would it be a good fit for your home or office?

The smart thermostat caught the public eye with its fresh design. A thermostat is usually an ugly console in your office or living room, but Nest will please design-minded users. The biggest advantage of Nest is that you needn’t configure anything: this thermostat learns independently, while you live your life as usual. The movement sensor knows when you’re home, and learns how long it takes for your home to heat up. At first sight, it seems Nest couldn’t possibly be a bad fit for your house or office; after all, the smart thermostat can help you save about 20 percent on your energy bill. Those numbers are correct, but only for classic oil and gas burners. New heating systems and their accompanying thermostats aren’t as dumb as they were ten years ago, and as a result, installing a Nest with these systems doesn’t have as big an impact.

A smart thermostat isn’t smart unless it can connect to your smartphone via an app. You can easily connect your Nest to your smartphone, in order to control the heating remotely.
What makes Nest especially noticeable is its large ecosystem. Nest is currently cooperating actively with more than five hundred partners, in order to make its system even smarter. A good example of these cooperations is the Jawbone Up24, the electronic wristband. When you wake up wearing your Up24, it notifies the thermostat, which can then proceed to turn up the heating.


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