Beyond Saving Money: How Your Nest Can Help You Live a More Comfortable Life

nest In Part II of our home automation showcase, we explore the Nest, a programmable thermostat that learns from you and your family. Today’s smart home devices are working extra hard to help make our lives easier and more comfortable. These devices are doing everything from shutting off our lights, locking our doors and even automatically adjusting our home’s temperature! Still, how do you know if something is truly a smart home device? Many people have probably heard of the smart, programmable Nest Thermostat – a device that allows you to program the most comfortable temperatures possible for your home. Nest is the very definition of a smart home device because it helps to make people’s lives easier and comfortable – but how does Nest really do it?

Nest Gets to Know You

The simple exterior of Nest may fool you into thinking it’s some basic thermostat, but think again. Unlike normal thermostats, Nest actually learns. The system gathers data via sensors and pairs it with data about your routine. It then uses that information to help keep your home at the optimal temperature. This optimal service is provided via the analysis of the data Nest collects and then filters through a number of algorithms. All of these things together allow your thermostat to sense and program the best temperature for you.

Nest’s Process

Nest gains and uses information a number of different ways to help create the best indoor atmosphere ever. Here’s what happens after you install your Nest:
  • Day One: Start Learning
Nest uses all kinds of sensors to adjust and monitor your home’s temperature. On the first day of installation, a leaf will appear on the screen of the Nest thermostat. During the first few days of operation, the system functions on the temperature you set. After that, it uses the data collected over the first few days to make and manage your home’s temperature. You can always make adjustments to the system.
  • Day Two: Continue Learning, Start Schedule
A day after installation, the Nest thermostat will add any changes you made to your thermostat the first day. It logs these and starts to use the information to create temperature cycles built around your schedule.
  • Days Three-Seven: Program a Schedule
Somewhere between three and five days, Nest will have learned your basic routine (unless you’ve had an off week). By this time, Nest will have a thorough idea of your comings and goings, and it will program temperatures accordingly.
  • After One Week: Schedule Set
After about seven days, in some cases a little longer, the Nest will have your schedule set. Any information that it collects after this point will still go into making the system better, but the schedule will only be changed by habitual actions. So, if something happens once, it won’t affect the Nest System.

You Can Always Make Adjustments

There will probably always be an instance in which you’ll need to make some adjustments that don’t fit with the schedule. Not only can you make the adjustments you need, but the changes shouldn’t mess up Nest’s schedule.

Nest Plays Well with Others

The Nest Thermostat integrates easily with other smart home technology you have. There’s an entire list of technology that’s compatible with Nest, and it can actually allow Nest to do its job better!  While Nest is certainly an impressive smart home device, it’s just one of many others on the market today. The ultimate goal for any smart home device is to help make life easier for you and your family and as evidenced above, Nest does a great job at that. So, given what you’ve learned about Nest, can you name smart home devices that achieve the same effect? For Part I of the home automation series, click here. Stay tuned for more gadgets!