If you've already invested in a Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) or have read about the smart device, you likely know about some of the perks—but not all of them.
Nest allows you to turn up the AC from your iPhone when you're about to head home on summer's hottest day, open utility bills that have dropped significantly thanks to the smart Auto-Away mode, and just generally live in a world where the temperature is perfectly regulated at all times. (Goodbye old habit of putting on and taking off a sweater every five minutes.)
In addition to the obvious, though, Nest's thermostat has many other talents that are pretty impressive and could add major value to your daily routine. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. It really listens to you (unlike other people in your house).
Your husband may continuously forget your coffee order, but Nest pays careful attention to your behavior and keeps track so it can cater to your preferences. If you keep turning up the heat when you wake up, for instance, it'll adjust and start making it a little warmer in the a.m. hours.
2. It can catch intruders.
Nest's thermostat integrates seamlessly with the brand's other smart devices, like Nest Cam and Nest Protect (a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm). Here's a cool feature if you've got the Cam: since the thermostat knows when you're out (yup!), it can trigger the camera to start recording anytime it goes into Auto-Away mode, meaning if someone broke in, they'd be caught red-handed.
3. It will do your laundry (or at least cut down ironing time)
Okay, it won't match socks, but Nest works with a ton of other smart devices like Whirlpool washers and dryers. When it senses you're away, it can switch your dryer to Eco Mode to save energy, and keep your clothes wrinkle-free by tossing them around until you return.
4. It can take commands from a robot
If Nest has been listening to your habits but just not quite catching on completely, you can tell it what to do via an intermediary, Amazon's Alexa. Imagine you're baking pies on a crazy hot day, for instance, and suddenly you're sweating in front of the oven. Just yell to Alexa to crank the AC, and she'll relay the command to your Nest.
5. It can help you get to sleep (or wake up!)
Temperature is a huge factor when it comes to sleeping well, and if you wear one of Misfit Shine's stylish fitness trackers on your wrist, the Misfit, which tracks your sleep, can change the temperature on your Nest as you begin to wake up. So on a freezing morning, it won't be as hard to get out from under the covers.
Intrigued by Nest's superpowers? Let me know in the comments below.
Greetings! Carley Knobloch here, digital lifestyle expert and girl boss at CarleyK.com. I'm also a regular correspondent on the Today Show and the smart home expert for HGTV, where I help audiences understand the ever-evolving world of home technology in an easy, approachable way. I'm on a mission to tackle those home tech headaches that make you want to rip your router out of the wall and go live in a yurt. (Don't do that!) For more tech hijinks, check out my blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.