Living in Houston, TX our air conditioning runs a LOT! Keeping the house cool is important to me, but not everyone agrees on the ideal temperature. My brother and his wife installed a Nest thermostat last year, and had been bragging about how they saved money, and argue less about adjusting the temperature. After a few weeks of using our Nest 3rd generation smart thermostat, I wish we’d installed one much sooner.
We usually keep our house at about 72 degrees year round, but lately my other half has been bumping it to 75 degrees to save money. I can live with it warmer during the day, but at night I can’t sleep unless the house is cool. With the Nest 3rd generation smart thermostat installed, it has learned our preferences and automatically sets the temperature at 72 in the evenings. Away mode allows Nest to automatically switch to an energy-efficient temperature when we’re out of the house.
I frequently travel, but my family is still home, and adjusts our thermostat to their preferred setting while I’m gone. The past few times I’ve come back from a trip late in the evening, and the house is too warm for me to sleep. Now, I can login to the Nest app on my phone, and adjust the setting before arriving home! This is both convenient and reduces time spent arguing.
I love the way it gives our hallway a modern feel, with the thin, sleek display that comes to life when I walk by. Plus, as it learns our habits and adjusts with features like auto-away, we should see a difference in our electric bill. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. With the app on my phone and tablet, I can access our energy history, see the outside temperature, and monitor the humidity inside the house.
Of course with one more device using our wifi, we needed to upgrade our router. Best Buy and Netgear developed a brand new router to create an easy, all-in-one solution to support the numerous connected devices in consumers homes. I don’t know about your house, but we have two tablets, two laptops, two PCs, three smartphones, a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, and our new Nest all connected. Today, the average US household has 7 “connected devices”, which strains the router.
When you have that many devices, and you’re streaming content on Netflix, you need an “AC” router and/or Wi-Fi extenders to maintain speed and prevent dead zones. The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router was built to support 10+ connected devices. It gives you the option of setting preferences for devices used to stream videos or music, and includes advanced features for lag-free gaming.
There’s a DST or dead spot terminator included to eliminate areas with little to no wifi signal. And, if this sounds complicated, no worries, Best Buy has you covered with Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.
With the holidays approaching now’s the perfect time to buy a Nest 3rd generation thermostat and make your home smarter. It’s also compatible with the Nest protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector and the Nest cam. Swing by your local Best Buy to learn more about the Nest smart thermostat, or upgrade your router. Is your home connected?