Automation By Example with the Nest Thermostat

I am excited to launch a new series of blog posts and videos which will provide information on a variety of automation technologies and give my perspective from having worked with these technologies in my own life and home over a period of time. Technologies in this series will span home automation, personal automation and more (with a few surprises along the way if all goes according to plan). The goal for “By Example” posts like this are to give one geek’s personal experiences with a product or technology in as much of a step-by-step example as possible.

Please note, as with all of my blog posts these represent my personal experiences and opinions of these automation technologies and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

Let’s get started! The first automation by example article will cover the Nest Thermostat. I currently have two Generation 2 Nest Thermostats in my home (one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs). I have been using these for several years now.

For all automation technologies, there are four key pillars to consider:

  • Simplicity: Is it easy to install and easy to use on a daily basis?
  • Consistency: Does it do what it’s supposed to do all of the time? Are the user experiences consistent?
  • Transparency: Is it easy to tell exactly what it is doing both now and historically?
  • Impact: Does having this automation in place positive impact the user? For automation to be useful it needs to change behavior of the user. This score represents the impact to a daily life of the user by having this automation in place.

As part of this blog series I will rate each technology on a 1-10 scale based upon my experiences working with the technology.

Please note, the goal of this blog post is not to provide information on the ROI (return on investment) for any of the technologies involved. This blog post is focused on providing an example of how these technologies work in a real world environment.


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