A few short years ago “smart” thermostats used to mean “programmable with computer interface”. Touchscreen thermostats like the Ecobee (ecobee.com) were all the rage. Today there is the Nest – that is if you can get one….Connect with one’s home heating plant from anywhere in the world via your phone and/or tablet. Get read outs of your home energy consumptions on easy to read screens. Those were huge advancements toward efficient consumption of energy resources – making Ecobee the first generation of truly green energy consumption technology.
“Nest” takes smart thermostat technology to another level: The Nest learns your heating and cooling settings/body desires over time (usually one week) and then automatically programs itself to those levels. Wow!
Nest is simple to operate. It is affordable: $249.00 at BestBuy. New Nest shipments are scheduled to arrive in January. Be on the look-out because they will simply fly off the shelves. Installers are anxious to receive their allotments. Get yourself on their lists!
One word of caution: Nest’s website proposes for homeowners to install their Nest thermostat themselves. Such DYI efforts are not the way to success for most homeowners. Interviewed heating and air-conditioning installation companies are expecting lot’s of calls on failed do-it-yourself installations.
The development of the Nest thermostat is one more example of the ever rapidly progressing technology advancements in home improvement products. Watch architects and designers talk about it on our upcoming TV show “Homes & Estates – Today & Tomorrow” on Cablevision CT, Channel 88.Back To Home Page