And after only a few days testing my new home-efficiency device I have come to a joyous conclusion.
Smart technology has arrived.
We’re smack in the middle of the IoT boom. It only makes sense that this blossoming industry be driven by devices that improve upon current technologies.
Hence the term smart technology.
The Issue: Efficiency
Thermostats (used to ) work by setting a maintenance band around a set temperature. The unit runs the AC until the temperature reaches the high end, and then reverses things when running heat. The problem with this implementation is that the maintenance bands are fixed for every house, regardless of whether it is insulated well or not.
HVAC Control 2.0
HVAC Control 2.0 is a new feature for Nest thermostats that improves on the way it decides when and how long to run the system for.
HVAC Control 2.0 takes advantage of the Nest technology to customize the control of the heating and cooling system for each individual home, improving efficiency and comfort for users.
The Solution: Artificial Intelligence
The Nest Learning Thermostat is named as such because it literally learns the habits of the house, or, more accurately, user preferences. The Nest actually learns to develop a schedule based on those preferences– when you’re not at home, it adjusts the temperature. And when seasons grow warmer or cooler, it figures that out too.
Nest utilizes data received from inside— how the house temperature responds to the HVAC system. It also uses data from outside (the weather and humidity), and from the internet (weather conditions and temperatures from area weather stations).
Furthermore, Nest thermostats employ software to understand how a specific house warms up and cools down. They also learn to predict the temperature that will be needed in order to provide maximum comfort and energy efficiency.
After one week of use, the thermostat will program itself.
Benefits of the Nest Learning Thermostat
- Links with your phone or tablet, so you can control from anywhere
- Tracks energy use/savings on mobile devices
- Understands your HVAC system and weather patterns
- Turns itself down to conserve energy when it senses you’re away
- Compatible with other Nest or Google products
Our Verdict: The Bottom Dollar
ENERGY SAVINGS. Now there’s the elephant in the room.
Nest learning thermostats can provide a high level of comfort, while obtaining significant savings for heat pump systems compared to traditional controllers.
By letting you know how much energy you are using/saving, Nest learning thermostat can also lead to more energy savings. It shows how much energy you use every day (Energy History) and every month (Home Report). You can track when you use more energy, and when you use less.
Independent studies show that Nest thermostats save people up to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, paying for itself in under two years.
We Install Nest Learning Thermostats
If you haven’t already jumped out of your seat, this will really floor you. We offer a variety of smart thermostats to fit any budget, including the Nest Learning Thermostat. Installation, setup and configuration included– and we will do it for less than Best Buy!
Reach out on our contact page to set up your appointment. God bless.