Nest Labs announced updates to its Nest Smart Home line of products: Family Accounts and Home/Away Assist. These updates are retroactive to currently installed product.
For complete information from Nest on these new features, click here. These home automation features, which recognize that homes may include multiple people, help improve your Nest offer to home owners with your Amana or Goodman system. A summary of the new features is provided below.
Family Accounts allow homeowners to provide up to 10 individuals with access to the Nest products in their home. Anyone on the family account can control a homeowner’s Nest thermostat, get notifications from the home’s Nest Protect, see activity on the home’s Nest Cam and get a copy of the monthly Home Report.
Home/Away Assist combines data from Nest products’ activity sensors, the phone locations of Family Account members and Nest’s learning algorithms to determine whether family members are home or not. This feature increases the flexibility of programming for the Nest systems — product testing can be done while family members are away, for example — and allow all Nest devices to work as energy-efficiently as possible.
It’s important to note that, for homeowner privacy, Nest’s geo-tracking is limited to whether a family account phone is at home or not. The program does not track where the phone user goes.
Nest is also holding a 30 minute video overview of these new features on April 12th at 4 PM EST. Register online here.
Nest thermostats, Protect and Nest Cam that include these new features are in stock at HVAC Distributors. You can order at your local HVAC Distributors branch or by phone at 800.228.4822 and through Web Order Entry.