What is a Nest Smart Thermostat?
By now we certainly know a answer. The Nest thermostat is a flagship product from intelligent home / Internet of Things manufacturer Nest, a home automation association bought by Google in Jan for $3bn. It joins a company’s glorious Nest Protect intelligent fume alarm and reaches a UK some-more than one year after it initial launched in a US. But don’t fret, a Nest thermostat is now in a second vital iteration and UK owners will advantage from that.
Nest – Design and Features
Nest co-founder Tony Fadell was famously dubbed a ‘father of a iPod’ during his time during Apple and his eye for pattern is executive to a Nest thermostat’s appeal. In short, this is by distant a many appealing and best built intelligent thermostat we have seen and it oozes character and reward build quality.
The centrepiece is a thermostat itself: a stubby, cylindrical aluminium section with razor pointy colour display. It has been during a heart of all Nest’s promotion and with good reason. The machined finish is flawless and a aluminium framework rotates for menu navigation (more of later) and primer heat composition regulating a weighty, clicker suit that creates we wish to needlessly adjust it. The Apple DNA is strong.
But there is piece underneath a style. This second era cuts a abyss of a thermostat roughly in half, nonetheless it still houses a thermostat, a vicinity sensor and dual wireless receivers.
This is essential to a Nest’s appeal. The initial wireless receiver uses a exclusive low-band wireless magnitude to bond to a ‘Heat Link’ — a second bundled device that replaces your stream earthy wall thermostat and communicates directly with a boiler.
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Meanwhile, Nest’s second wireless receiver is customary 802.11n WiFi as it connects directly to your router. This means, distinct each other resolution on a market, there is no need for a third bundled device — a dedicated Internet gateway — that clutters things adult and requires another energy socket.
The downside to squashing all inside a thermostat is it does need a consistent source of power, though it can still be possibly wall mounted (with wires channelled) or there is an appealing £29 mount that can be bought separately.
That might meant additional con and expense, though we’d rather have dual units than a common 3 seen in each other intelligent thermostat setup to date and it allows a Nest to squeeze in some-more functionality than roughly any of a rivals.
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For starters, a vicinity sensor recognises transformation so, like a Tado, it knows when to automatically spin down a heat when a residence is empty. Like a Tado and British Gas Hive users can set predefined schedules, though a Nest will also learn patterns formed on when we are home and divided so we don’t need to module during all. Lastly, like all rivals, a heat can be tranquil remotely from both a web browser (grab above) and an Android or iOS app.
The difference to Nest’s all conquering underline set is a Honeywell Evohome, that can away control temperatures in each room. The Evohome is a some-more costly solution, however, something Honeywell recognises carrying announced Lyric, a approach Nest rival, progressing this month.
The other debility is it can’t control a apart prohibited H2O system, a underline Hive supports. This means it’s best matched to households with a combi boiler.