Nest Thermostat (video)

Nest Thermostat

Programmable thermostats have been around for years. Using a program you can set the various temperature points throughout the day and week that you want your furnace or air-conditioner to be setup. It’s a great idea because heating your home when your at work or while your sleeping under the blankets at night or while your away on vacation is a major waste or energy. The issue is that many programmable thermostats just never get setup correctly and so the energy savings are never experienced. Why is this? Programmable thermostats have just been really difficult to program. You run through days and set points getting confused along the way. One answer is to make them easier to program which is obviously a good idea but the Nest Thermostat takes the idea of ease of use to a whole new level by learning from your behaviors and setting up its own program. It also has a built in motion sensor so if it determines that no one is home it’ll adjust the temperature to the away mode. The Nest Thermostat is the brainchild of Tony Fadell who led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. I had the pleasure of catching up with Kristin Bickett and the Nest team at the AHR Expo where Kristin provided me the background on the company it’s products and walked me through the operation of the Nest Thermostat. Kristin told me that Nest is focused on unloved products and the Nest Thermostat is only the first product in what will sure to be an exciting and useful line of products that were previously unloved.

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