Benefits of Smart Thermostats

In our current information age, the advent of smart thermostats should be no surprise. After all, much of one’s day-to-day life has been taken over by “smart” devices. Smartphones and smart TV’s are just two examples of how smart devices have become instrumental in a person’s daily activities. Logically, smart thermostats are a great addition to the plethora of smart devices that humans rely on.

Unlike the phone or the TV, a thermostat is often a tool that is forgotten unless it malfunctions or if the room temperature becomes uncomfortable. It is an object that runs in the background of our lives, it is something that one expects to “just work”. Therefore, the goal of the smart thermostat should be exactly that – a device that simply works most effectively in the background requiring little to no effort from the user. This is where the smart thermostat distinguishes itself from the traditional thermostat and becomes most beneficial.

The primary benefits of a smart thermostat lie in three areas: automation, efficiency, and remote controllability. Each of these benefits interplay with the other. To begin with, automation is often the first benefit one may think of when contemplating the benefits of smart thermostats. The beauty of this tool is that it can be programmed to certain temperatures and certain times and other temperatures at other times. One can program the thermostat to conform to their daily activities. For example, they can set the thermostat to run at a more efficient (but less comfortable) temperature during the day while they are at work, but schedule it to return to a more comfortable temperature when they return home.

This programmable feature also lends to energy efficiency as the thermostat will regulate the HVAC system to work less during times it is less needed. Most importantly, the user does not have to think about it. As time passes, the smart thermostat will “learn” the user’s behavior and can adjust accordingly. And finally, remote controllability is a huge benefit of smart thermostats. The user now has the power to control the thermostat, thus their home’s temperature, while they are away from home. This can be done through their computer, or in most cases, their smartphone. At the push of a button from a smartphone, the user can quickly check the current temperature of their home and adjust the thermostat settings accordingly. Or, if they wish, they can completely reprogram it remotely.

As one can clearly see, there are many benefits associated with smart thermostats. Similar to other “smart” devices, these benefits will most likely make smart thermostats common in many homes in the future.

Nest Vs. Arlo: My Deep Dive

FYI: I did a lot of research on security cameras and am using information I found from allpowermoves.com. On the smart home devices’ sector, security cameras are the most searched and purchased in the market, and dozens of manufacturers are urging the customers that their products are the best; reliable, functional, and well-built. Typically, the gadgets are essential as they assist the homeowners in improving the security levels in their homes or workplaces.

Some of the companies selling the best security cameras include the Nest and the Arlo, and they have a great experience in the industry for many years. The products of these manufactures are of high-quality since the manufacturers are popular regarding their innovative ability. How do the two products compare?

Installation

In the Arlo camera, the installation process is fast and simple as the package comes with a step-by-step manual guide which is easy to follow. However, if you are unable to understand the instructions, you can contact the manufacturer for assistance.

On the other hand, a Nest camera takes more time to install, and it requires a source of power to function, and the mounting and placing process is complicated.

Design

Most homeowners are looking for appliances that are functional and gorgeous to improve the security along with the appearance of their homes; consequently, making their houses fashionable. The Arlo camera is available in a white color and has an attractive design. Additionally, the dimensions of the device are 2.8×1.9×3.1 inches, and it weighs about one pound; hence, making it fit well for indoor and outdoor purposes.

On the contrary, a Nest is an excellent beautifully-designed device and has a shape of a high-end spotlight, a unique design different from traditional security cameras. The dimensions of the gadget are 3.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches, and it weighs approximately 0.7 pounds.

Features

The Arlo is a battery-powered security camera, and its energy source does not interfere with the features such as live streaming and HD quality of its recordings. The device can detect motions in your house or your backyard, and offers 720p video resolution. The battery life of the gadget is 4-6 months, but its lifespan will depend on its performance. Additionally, it has a 360- degree field of view, and a night vision capability that adjusts automatically.

The Nest security camera; on the other hand, has a sleek leg that enables you to rotate at an angle of 180 degrees; typically, you can adjust the device up to 360-degree, depending to your target area. Also, it has a 1080p video streaming quality, 8x zoom, has a 3 megapixels camera and an 8 LED lights ring.

Mobile Application

Importantly, since most people are using smartphones to monitor activities and the conditions of their homes while they are in the workplaces, it is essential to have a camera that is compatible with your mobile phone. The application of the Arlo is excellent to navigate and to manage, and the software has features including; a set-up mode, enables you to arm or disarm them gadget; a library, it stores the footage, thus allowing you to view the clips at your free time.

The Nest camera has an excellent mobile application, but it will not notify you when it detects an activity or motion in your home.