So, you’re looking into home automation, or at the very least, you’re fed up with getting up to adjust your thermostat whatever you’re uncomfortably warm or cold. Thankfully, we live in a time where, if you’re willing to throw enough money at almost any problem, you can make it go away. That problem works with almost anything, and thanks to some major companies who are starting to take in interest in home automation technology, it can now work for you, making so that after you spend just a little time teaching your new smart thermostat what you like, you never have to get up and change the temperature again!
The most popular Smart Thermostat to take the market by storm is by Nest, a technology company with a lot of money to play around with. Their most recent model, the Gen 3 smart thermostat, will definitely take a big chuck out of your wallet, but it makes up for this large initial cost by having the most up-to-date features, slicker interface, and over-all more intelligent system than the previous iterations of their thermostat. They do still sell their Gen 1 and 2 models, and they’re much cheaper than the most recent Gen 3, if you’re just looking for the bare-minimum it can do without spending too much, or if you’re still on the fence about this entire thing.
Gen 3, however, has a very impressive list of features that you will definitely want to consider before settling for one of the earlier versions. Aside from the standard function of observing your habits and preferences and eventually applying them automatically to always be at the temperature you love, the Gen 3 can actually save you money on your electricity bill as well! The newest version of the Nest smart thermostat can actually detect when you’re not at home, and adjust the temperature accordingly, bringing it down so that you don’t pay to heat up a home you’re not in at the moment!
In the end, if you choose to buy a smart thermostat, while it will be a large up-front investment, it has the potential to save you a lot of money in the long run without you even having to lift a finger! That seems like a pretty good deal to me. But be careful! The last thing you want during the robot uprising to be frozen to death by your own thermostat.