Nest, an innovative thermostat and home energy management tech company from the designer of the iPod & iPhone, just announced some new features of its thermostat. Both software features have been automatically added to purchased Nest thermostats.
Nest’s new “Energy History” view tells people exactly when their heating and cooling systems run throughout the day. It also shows “whether their energy use increased or decreased compared to the previous week, and the cause of that change (your adjustment, Away, or the weather).”
Basically, this helps one to really see how minor changes in one’s schedule or energy use or conservation can make a difference. You can view this info on your cell phone (works with iOS and Android) or on the internet. Looks cool — If I had a Nest thermostat (and used heating and cooling at all), I know I’d be examining my stats!
Airwave obviously has the cooler name, but what is it? Airwave is an automatic feature that automatically saves you money by cutting unnecessary cooling activity. Confused? Here’s more:
After your air conditioner turns off, it stays cold for five to ten minutes, just like ice cream stays cold after it comes out of the freezer. Other thermostats ignore this simple fact, but Nest uses it to your advantage. Airwave shortens the amount of time the high-energy chiller runs and instead uses your energy-efficient fan to push that extra cool air through the home. Nest automatically enables Airwave when the temperature is high and the humidity is low. Airwave can save up to 30 percent of the energy used and the user doesn’t have to lift a finger.
Nest User Stats
With the new announcements, Nest popped in some interesting and positive statistics about its users so far. Here those are:
- “99 percent of Nest thermostats are programmed to reduce the temperature in the home – compared to the 10 percent national average – which the EPA says can save 20 percent on heating and cooling costs,” Tony Fadell, Nest founder and CEO, said.
- “Nest research shows that most customers install Nest themselves, and three out of four DIYers install Nest in less than 30 minutes,” the news release stated. “Moreover, 99 percent of Nest DIYers would install Nest themselves again.” (If one doesn’t want to install the thermostat oneself, Nest offers a network of Certified Nest Professionals and Nest Concierge Service.)
The Nest thermostat is currently available for $249.
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