If you've been reading or watching the news lately, you may have heard considerable buzz about the Nest Thermostat. Thermostat technology hasn't exactly seen many huge advancements over the years. We've gone from manual dials to digital panels to energy-saving programmable models, but the Nest takes it a step (or three) further. Here are four reasons you might consider installing a Nest programmable thermostat in your home.

It Really Does "Learn"

We have smartphones, smartwatches, and even smart refrigerators. It was inevitable that one day we would have smart thermostats. That day is here, and the Nest really is a smart piece of technology for your home. From the first time you use the Nest Thermostat, it begins gathering information in order to get to know you and your home better. The Nest will learn your routines and preferences, adjusting the temperature in your home accordingly. It will take the unique design and features of your home into account, using all the information it collects to create a customized heating and cooling schedule that works for you.

It's Part of a Whole System of Products

Your Nest Thermostat can be integrated with other Nest products and devices including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as cameras. These devices work in conjunction with one another. For instance, if carbon monoxide is detected, a message will be sent to your thermostat telling it to turn off the heat to avoid creating further danger. Even the smoke detector is smart, sounding a different type of warning depending on the severity of the smoke. With the Nest, there won't be any more deafening shrieks when you burn a slice of toast.

It Can Save Money and Lower Your Energy Consumption

Having your home heated and cooled to such exacting and personalized standards can make a big difference in how much energy you use, and you don't have to take our word for it. Nest's manufacturers provide data showing potential 10-15 percent savings on energy bills for those who use the device.

You Can Connect From Anywhere

The Nest is always online, and you can connect to it from anywhere in the world using your mobile device. Change your temperature settings remotely with your phone and get alerts from your other Nest devices. Your Nest camera will even send you live shots from inside your home while you're away.

If you want to learn more about the Nest or about other thermostat options, the experts at Ragsdale are happy to answer all your questions.

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