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Is the Smart Home Here?

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Is our smart home finally here?

Futurists have promised smart home technologies and systems for a very long time. They’ve also promised flying cars, jet packs, and personal helicopters.

Some of those things (hint: it’s not the jet packs) are finally here.

Your Smart Home with Nest (and MrCool, of course)

Heard of Nest?

If not, you need to get acquainted. Nest is a company developing high-tech, smart alternatives to traditional home technologies. Their best and brightest example is the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Programmable thermostats have been around for years. In theory, they allow your central air system to work more efficiently. When you’re home, it’s running. When you’re not, it dials down to save energy and cash.

This is great, but the programming part of the programmable thermostat has always been the hard part. They were not, to put it simply, easy to figure out.

How is the Nest Learning Thermostat different?

The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself. All you have to do is teach it your schedule for a few days by turning it up or down as needed, and it will learn what you need and when. That learning really pays off when your annual heating and cooling bill drops 20%.

And that’s not all Nest has to offer.

Nest Protect

You have a smoke alarm in your home. Most people use their smoke alarm to terrify the dog every time something burns on the stove. Another great thing conventional smoke alarms do really well is wake you up in the middle of the night, because, let’s face it, that’s the only time when a smoke alarm battery could possibly gets low.

It’s like they want us to hate them.

But smoke alarms are definitely here to stay. Today, fires are more dangerous, and can completely consume a room in as little as five minutes.

Nest Protect is the alternative. Nest Protect is a smart smoke alarm designed to alert you when there’s an actual threat, and it does so in an innovative way. If the Nest Protect detects a fire in the living room, it will sound an alarm and speak in a clear, human voice. It tells you, clearly, where and what the danger is. It will even send a message to your smart phone or tablet. You’ll know the moment disaster strikes whether you’re home or not.

Plus, it doesn’t beep interminably when the battery gets low. It just sends you a heads-up on your phone, so you can change the battery comfortably before you’re asleep.

And MrCool?

Of course, we aren’t going to leave ourselves out of this smart home equation. Select MrCool systems are Nest Thermostat compatible, and we go a step further. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can control our newest MrCool units from your smart phone or tablet with a fingertip.

Smart home technology doesn’t have to be hard, annoying, or complicated. It can now be easy, simple, and convenient.

We’re in the future after all.