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Benefits of Nest Thermostat Tech for Kansas City Homes

Monday, October 28, 2019

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."

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Differences Between Thermostat Types

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.

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Manual Thermostat

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 Thermostat

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 Thermostat

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.

Specific Benefits of Nest Technology for Homeowners

  • Energy Savings Because of its smart features, a Nest thermostat can save homeowners 10-12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling. This is a savings of about $140 a year. Since 2011, Nest users have together saved enough energy to power San Francisco for two years--all without sacrificing comfort at home.
  • Auto-Programming The Nest thermostat learns your patterns and preferences, then automatically creates a schedule for itself. For example, the temperature will change slightly when you leave for work to reduce the amount of energy used during the day.
  • Airwave Airwave is state-of-the-art technology created to reduce energy costs. Airwave turns off the AC close to the end of the cycle but continues to run the fan. This means your AC will run 30 percent less but the air will still remain cool.
  • Nest Leaf The Nest Leaf is a symbol on the thermostat indicating your requested temperature is energy efficient. If you see a green leaf pop up, this means you are in an energy savings zone.
  • Easy-To-Use App The Nest app is user-friendly and easy to use. Simply download the app, login, and instantly have full access to your thermostat. This allows you to change the temperature of your thermostat from anywhere in the world. How cool is that?
  • Improves Home Safety The Nest Thermostat is like a 24-hour watchdog. It will alert you if the temperatures are low enough to freeze pipes or if there is an issue with the furnace.
  • A Smart Home A Nest thermostat syncs seamlessly with smart devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. Once connected, you can use voice activation to adjust the settings on your thermostat. They also integrate with other smart home products like doorbells, locks, lights, cameras, and other appliances. These elements can work together to add convenience to your life.

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Ready to reap the benefits of a smart thermostat in your Kansas City home? Our team is happy to assist. Click here to schedule a visit with an HVAC professional. He or she personally evaluates your current heating and cooling system, discusses your energy goals, and provides a custom thermostat recommendation for you. Do you have a single-speed or a variable-speed HVAC system? Some smart thermostats, for example, are better paired with certain systems than others. This is why we often discourage homeowners from buying a smart thermostat at a big box store. Let us help you save energy and be more comfortable at the same time!

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