The Nest thermostat is a smart thermostat designed to save you money and keep you comfortable. It uses state-of-the-art technology to learn your household patterns and become as efficient as possible. There are several benefits to adding a Nest thermostat to your home. In this blog, we will learn the differences between manual, programmable, and smart thermostats, the benefits of a Nest thermostat, and how to get it installed. As part of the home automation line, Nest thermostats pair with other devices to make your home a "smart home."
There are three main types of thermostats: manual, programmable, and smart. First, we will discuss how each type is used, then discuss the pros and cons.
A manual thermostat is the most basic option. It does not use technology to control the temperature. Instead, it uses a simple turn dial the homeowner moves to set the temperature. While it is easy to use, it can often lead to inaccurate temperature settings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling are responsible for about half of your energy bill. If not set properly, you could be using 10-20 percent more energy than necessary. While manual may be an affordable option, you may end up spending more on your energy bills in the long run.
Programmable thermostats typically have a digital screen with a series of buttons. These features allow you to have precise temperature control, turn the fan on and off, and set it on "away." Programmable thermostats do what you tell them to do--and nothing else. In other words, it isn't smart enough to adjust the temperature if you forget to change it before work.
Smart thermostats like the Nest learn your patterns and creates a strategy to save money and energy. While more expensive than a manual or programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat will pay itself off in two years, saving you significant money for years to come. The Nest thermostat has state-of-the-art technology that will make your home safer and smarter. It also learns your patterns and adapts to them. Just use it for a week, and it will learn your rhythms and program itself.
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