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.
Some solutions, like the Nest Cam Wi-Fi Video Camera, which is a home security option, may seem outside the traditional scope of HVAC services. However, because of its integration with the Nest Thermostat and its supported technology, the Wi-Fi video camera is:
Simple to install,
Cost-effective for the homeowner compared to traditional security systems and services,
and allows HVAC contractors to easily integrate the home automation trend into their business.
Nest Labs is presenting its Nest Pro Tour in October and November, where you can get your questions answered about the Nest home automation systems and earn 2 hours of NATE continuing education credits. To view local tour dates and register, click here.