Nest have just announced it will be bringing the Nest Learning Thermostat to the United Kingdom. The Nest device gives you full control of your heating through a mobile app. It is a really useful piece of kit, which I have seen working in a real environment; my friend Nathan, who resides in Canada, has installed the Nest Hub in his home.
The Nest hub will, over time, learn what temperature you like your house and more importantly at what time of the day. Matt Rogers, Nest creator says, “It learns through a collection of sensors and algorithms. Since launching two years ago we have done extensive field trials. Nest is the complete system, we’ve thought about it end-to-end”
The Nest hub has made some bold claims; its thermostat can save some of your hard-earned money by heating your home during off-peak times, and it also uses motion sensors to work out whether anybody is actually at home. One of the best features the Nest has is a feature that gradually decreases your home’s temperature by 1 degree over the period of a month, a change which Nest says could save you £75 a year. You can pick up the standalone thermostat for £179. If you want the Hub installed by professionals, then it will increase the cost by a further £70. This is small change compared to the possible savings, which Nest say may reach up to £353 a year.
Currently the Nest thermostat was only available in the US and Canada, with the UK release taking time. “Within five minutes of announcing the original Nest Learning Thermostat, someone asked us to bring it to the UK. Then two people. Then dozens…Every day since, we’ve been working hard to create a Nest Thermostat that will change the way our friends in the UK heat their homes…Staying warm shouldn’t be a hassle. And now it doesn’t have to be,” writes Erik Charlton, Nest’s business blogger.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a remote thermostat for your home heating? As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment, then please do so in the comments section below.
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