Why Building a Smarthome is Easier Than You Think

The best smarthome products on the market today redefine what we should expect from everyday household objects. But like any good technology, using them together provides an entirely different level of convenience and intelligence.


Most of us don’t have the luxury of building a home from the ground up to meet our every need. Instead, we tackle problems and areas of improvement room by room until the job is done. Making your home smarter doesn’t have to be any different.

Nest redefined what to expect from your home HVAC system with the launch of the Nest Learning Thermostat, now in its third iteration, and continued the trend in fire safety and home security with the launch of the Nest Protect and Nest Cam. All of these products are designed to work brilliantly as the best-in-class leaders in their respective fields, challenging the status quo of what we should expect from everyday home devices. But like any good technology, using them together provides an entirely different level of convenience and intelligence. Here’s a few examples of the cool features you can unlock by combining multiple Nest devices under the same roof.

Nest Learning Thermostat + Nest Cam

Automatically Record Video Clips When You’re Away

The Nest Learning Thermostat knows when you’re home or away. Owners of the Nest Cam can leverage this intelligence to automatically begin recording footage when your home is empty — even if you forget to turn on your Nest Cam before leaving.

Buy Nest Learning Thermostat: ($249) Buy Nest Cam ($199)

Nest Protect + Nest Thermostat

Shut Down Your Heating System in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Emergencies

The Nest Protect is designed to automatically monitor carbon monoxide levels in the home and warn residents in the event of danger. Leaking oil- or natural gas-based heating systems are a common cause for CO incidents, so owning the Nest Learning Thermostat provides the extra safety benefit of automatically shutting down a home’s heating system in the event high levels of CO are detected.

It can also shut off fan-based systems to keep them from circulating smoke throughout the home, helping to limit the risk of smoke inhalation.

View Smoke & CO Alerts on the Nest Learning Thermostat’s Display

The Nest Protect is designed to send automatic smoke and CO alerts on your phone on its own. This alert information can also be displayed directly on the Nest Learning Thermostat display in homes that feature both devices, providing owners with actionable information on the type of emergency that’s happening and where it’s located inside the house, whether their phone is with them or not.

Improve Energy Efficiency & Comfort with Enhanced Auto-Away Detection

The Nest Learning Thermostat has always featured an exclusive combination of sensors and algorithms, dubbed Nest Sense, which learns a homeowner’s daily habits in order to keep their home comfortable when needed while also limiting unnecessary cooling and heating when they’re gone. The feature is further enhanced with the help of the motion sensors found inside Nest Protect smoke and CO alarms, which give Nest Sense more accurate information on whether the house is truly empty or not.

Buy Nest Learning Thermostat: ($249) Buy Nest Protect ($99)

Nest Cam + Nest Protect

Automatically Record Video Clips in Fire Emergencies

The Nest Cam is a remarkable home security solution that’s easy to install in minutes and provides buyers with the ability to view live video of their home at any point via Internet-connected smartphones, tablets or computers. The optional Nest Aware with Video History also allows owners to record, review and share footage from up to 30 days in the past and leverages depth-sensing and face-detection technologies to provide more accurate alerts.

By adding Nest Protect smoke and CO alarms to their systems, homeowners gain the benefit of having automatic video clips recorded and saved immediately after a smoke or CO alarm is triggered — whether they pay for a subscription to Nest Aware with Video History or not. Alerts are also automatically sent to your phone to make you aware of what’s happening.

Buy Nest Cam ($199) Buy Nest Protect ($99)

Works with Nest

Improved security, safety and energy efficiency are just a few of the promises offered by home automation. That’s why the Works with Nest certification program was developed to ensure Nest devices could securely interact with a wide array of smart products from other manufacturers to add intelligence to every element of home life. Interested in smarter home lighting? Philips’ hue smart lighting system can work together with the Nest Learning Thermostat to turn lights on and off while you’re away so it looks like you’re home. Want to further protect your home from fire? The Nest Protect can automatically turn on Skydrop’s lawn sprinkler system when an alarm goes off. Wish your home would manage chores when you’re away? The Nest Thermostat can switch select Whirlpool smart dryers to refresh mode when a laundry cycle is completed, helping your clothes stay wrinkle free. And that’s just scratching the surface of the Works with Nest program.

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