It seems strange that a thermostat got the tech world buzzing, but that's just what the Nest thermostat managed to do when it debuted. The Nest packs a lot of features into an elegant, simple design. Just looking at one makes you want to play with it!
So what makes the Nest special? For one thing, it's connected to the Internet. This means you can monitor and change the temperature of your home no matter where you are. The Internet connectivity also allows the Nest to download new instructions as they become available.
But perhaps the most compelling feature of the Nest is that it learns how to heat or cool your house based on your behaviors. As you make adjustments to the temperature, the Nest tracks and plots the information. When you're away from home, Nest can adjust your dwelling's temperature to save on energy. It can readjust to meet your comfort standards before you get back home.
Nest also has a few features designed to make heating and cooling more efficient. One of those is called Airwave. The Nest can turn off your air conditioner 10 or 15 minutes before your home reaches its target temperature. The air conditioner will continue to produce cool air for several minutes. Nest uses your air conditioning system's fans to distribute this cool air throughout your home. The unit itself remains off, conserving energy.