We’re taking a little bit of a departure this month from computers and I’m going to talk about NEST products and smart home automation. For me the first thing I think about for creating a smart home is control, both at the house and away from home. We are stocking some products which work with your Apple computer, smart phone or iPad to create a smart home experience.
NEST is a industry leader in smart thermostats. NEST was created in 2010 by former Apple engineers. They quickly grew to over 1000 employees by 2015. Google purchased the company in 2014 for $3.2 billion dollars.
A few years ago I purchased a house. This was my parents home, so I was very familiar with the heating and cooling aspects of the house. It was built in the early 60’s, well insulated, but windows were single pane and not very efficient. The first year I owned the house I installed double pane replacement windows. I cut my heating bill by about 30% over the costs of the previous years. The next year I started seeing this thermostat called NEST being advertised and thought it was a great idea. I bought one and installed it, and was amazed at the ease of installation. Keeping with Apple design philosophy, the product, boxing, and instructions were flawless. I was so impressed I bought a second one for our bedroom. At this point I’m seeing my heating bills being cut almost in half. I can control my heating from my phone when I’m away, and at home. I have the heating scheduled to come on and back it off through out the day, any day of the week. The NEST can control heating and cooling even on two separate systems. Moving the wiring for my AC thermostat is quite costly so I need a third one to control my AC for the summer.
While the NEST thermostat brought NEST their fame, they also added a smoke / CO detector to the product line. The detector works with the thermostat too. If it detects an increase in carbon monoxide in the house it will shut off the furnace assuming a problem with emissions. NEST also has the NEST Cam. The NEST Cam looks after your house when your not there. It looks for motion and sends an alert to your phone if it sees something.
While I was looking into the NEST product line, I looked into another company, RING. RING makes front door bells which send live video to your phone when someone rings the doorbell. RING also makes cameras you can add to the ring system and wirelessly cover your entire house. The camera’s use a rechargeable battery which they say will hold a charge for 6 months to a year. This means no holes drilled through the house.
We also sell Sonos speakers too. Sonos makes digital wireless speakers for whole house sound. Place a Sonos speaker in a room, hook it up to your network, use your iPhone, Windows, or Android app to control it, and stream any music you’d like. Sonos has just added Apple Music to an already extensive lineup of streaming services. Some of the music services are, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, iHeart radio, and much more. Over 40 services for streaming music, Thousands of online radio stations. Oh, and don’t forget your itunes library. You can even purchase a unit called a Sonos Connect to allow your existing stereo gear to be used through out the house. Start with one Sonos component and add as many as you’d like. Summers right around the corner, and I like to take my Play 5 speaker out on our patio when we have a cookout. It sounds wonderful anywhere it goes.
Stop into Sunrise for information about any of the products I’ve mentioned. With NEST, RING and SONOS we’ll make this the coolest Summer yet. They are all available in our store now.
A Nest home.
When you add more Nest products to your home, they can automatically work together, and you can control them all from one place: the Nest app.
See who’s there, from anywhere.
With wide angled HD video, smart motion detection, and cloud recording, it’s like your Ring of Security. When used together with Ring Video Doorbell, Stick Up Cam provides a full ring of security around your home. This self-install security system enables you to monitor and interact with anyone on your property, no matter where you are. With Ring, you’re Always Home.
What is Sonos?
Sonos is the smart speaker system that streams all your favorite music to any room, or every room. Control your music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound.