Google recently released a new line of Nest smart home devices, including the new Nest Audio smart speaker and the new Nest Thermostat. Google’s new smart speaker has better sound than its previous versions, while its new smart thermostat is cheaper than previous models. In addition, Google also reduced the price and improved the performance of its mesh WiFi systems. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Audio, Nest Thermostat, and Google WiFi devices.
Google designed the new Nest Audio specifically for music lovers. It has a dual-driver system and tuning software that gives the audio balanced highs, mids, and bass. In fact, this smart speaker is 75% louder than older Nest models, and it has 50% more bass.
You can pair two Nest Audio speakers to turn them into stereo speakers. Or you can connect all your Nest smart speakers together to get a multi-room audio system. Then you can ask Google to move your music from one room to another. You can even ask Google to transfer music or podcasts from your phone, so you can continue right where you left off.
Plus, the Media EQ feature will automatically tune the Nest Audio, depending on what kind of music you are listening to. You can ask the Google Assistant to play music from popular streaming services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more.
Aside from its improved audio-quality, Google also updated its smart assistant to be faster and smarter. The Nest Audio uses machine learning to understand your commands and answer your questions twice as fast as the original Google Home. It’s even better at recommending new songs that you might like now.
The Nest Audio is covered by a sustainable mesh fabric that comes in five colors. You can choose between Chalk, Charcoal, Sand, Sky, and the all-new Sage. It is available now, starting at $99.99 on the Google Store.
The new Nest Thermostat has a simpler design than the previous model, but it also has a lower price. Some of the expensive parts have been ditched to give you something affordable and straightforward.
For one, the new Nest Thermostat has a touch-sensitive strip instead of a physical rotating dial. You can swipe and tap on the side of the thermostat to adjust the settings. It also has a mirrored finish that lights up to show you the temperature, heating or cooling mode, and more useful information.
The new Nest Thermostat has motion detectors that sense when you are in front of the device and light up the display. It also uses your phone’s location to know when you’ve left the house. Once it senses that you’re not home, Eco temperature mode will be enabled, so you won’t use too much energy heating or cooling an empty house.
If there are any issues with your HVAC system, the Nest Thermostat will now send you alerts so you can check on them immediately. Google claims that the energy-saving features on the new Nest Thermostat can save you up to 15% on cooling and 12% on heating bills per year.)
The new Nest thermostat is now available, starting at $129.99 on the Google Store. The trim kit is available as a separate purchase for $14.99. The Nest Thermostat comes in four colors, including Snow, Charcoal, Sand, and Fog.
With so many people working at home these days, broadband use has increased by over 40% since March, according to OpenVault. In order to help users get the best WiFi signal, Google has announced that it is reducing the price of its Google WiFi systems.
Now, you can get a single Google WiFi node for just $99 (down from $129) or a three-pack for $199 (down from $299) when you buy them from the Google Store. Each node in Google’s original mesh WiFi system gives you 1,500 square feet of WiFi coverage. So, the three-pack will blanket your home in up to 4,500 square feet of WiFi, which should be more than enough, even if you have a large home.
Google also says it has updated the Google WiFi and Nest WiFi mesh systems to “avoid congestion when multiple devices are online.” You will also receive notifications when a device starts using your WiFi connection, and you’ll get a faster connection when your internet service provider’s network is slow.
If you want to know more about what a mesh WiFi system is and how it works, check out our previous article here.
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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