When you think of the phrase “home automation,” what comes to mind? Rube Goldberg machines that feed your pets, a la Back to the Future? Cameras in every room, and an AI controlling everything? It may seem like the concept of home automation belongs more in the realm of sci-fi than reality, but it’s actually quite attainable today. There are a variety of different systems you can install that will help automate certain parts of your home. Let’s go over a few of the options offered by one of the most popular home automation brands: Nest.
Nest Cam IQ
Security cameras have been around for a while, but not all security cameras are created equal. Nest Cam IQ is a portable security camera that can be easily positioned around the house. The camera offers a much clearer picture than other security cameras, and has facial recognition software that allows it to differentiate between different people. If the camera catches sight of someone unfamiliar, it can alert you on your phone and offer a live feed to help you determine if they belong there. The camera also contains a microphone, allowing you to communicate with someone in range.
Smart thermostats are quickly becoming the norm in homes across the country, and for good reason. The Nest thermostat is a smart thermostat with a number of great ways to save you money on your climate control, without sacrificing your comfort in the process. The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically begins to learn your climate control habits as soon as you install it. After the first week of observing your temperature preferences, the thermostat will be able to program itself totally without your input. Before long, the system will know when to adjust itself to have the home comfortable by the time you get back from work. It will even know when to turn itself off when you go to bed. This prevents wasted energy, and ensures that you’re always as comfortable as possible. Eventually, the thermostat will entirely pay for itself in savings.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are an important part of keeping your home safe. You want to be sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are as reliable as possible, which is why you should consider installing a Nest Protect. Nest Protect is a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector that offers you a host of unique advantages. The system will tell you what specifically is setting it off, and where in the home it’s happening. If you know that whatever it’s detecting is not a threat (like if you’re cooking and producing a bit of smoke) you can tell it to stand down through an app on your phone. No more finding a ladder up to the detector to stop the aggravating screeching. The Nest Protect also tests itself automatically, and has a lifespan of up to 10 years.