Is Smart Home Technology Worth It?

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What is smart home technology?

There are dozens of smart home technology devices on the market today. From keyless entry devices that require numeric passwords rather than keys to thermostats that automatically adjust to maintain a comfortable temperature that keeps utility costs down, there are a variety of ways to implement smart home devices that save you time and money.

Does smart home technology really save money?

While smart home technology is relatively inexpensive to install and operate, you may be wondering if it’s worth it, and if you’ll see the difference in your wallet. Many types of smart home technology have been proven to save money on utility costs, including the Nest Thermostat.

Nest Thermostat


How does the Nest Thermostat work?

Utility costs can be outrageous, especially in the middle of summer in humid Southern cities like Memphis and Nashville. With the help of temperature sensors placed throughout the home, the Nest Thermostat system is able to read the current temperature, gauge the difference between the current temperature and a comfortable yet cost-effective temperature, and transition to the ideal temperature to save you money on utility costs.

If you live in a pet-free home, you can also set the Nest Thermostat to adjust during hours when no one is home and to return to an optimal temperature before your arrival so that your home can be comfortable while you’re there and energy-saving while you’re away.

Can I use the Nest Thermostat with my phone?

The Nest Thermostat is compatible with iPhones and Android devices that allow you to control the current and ideal temperature remotely so that you can always monitor the temperature at home whether you’re in the home or away.

Nest Protect


How does Nest Protect work?

Nest Protect can protect your family from deadly carbon monoxide leaks that can go undetected without proper monitoring until it’s too late. Research indicates more than 1,000,000 homes in the United States experience high levels of carbon monoxide each year. Because carbon monoxide is often odorless and colorless, the absence of a carbon monoxide detection system can be the difference between lives saved and lives lost.

What is the difference between Nest Protect and a carbon monoxide detector?

The Nest Protect system detects lethal carbon monoxide gases throughout your home, but unlike traditional carbon monoxide detectors, the Nest Protect conducts its own safety and sound checks to ensure your system is functioning efficiently in the event of an emergency.

Unlike the Nest Protect, traditional carbon monoxide detectors must be tested manually, and sound tests can be loud and inconvenient for residents and neighbors. The Nest Protect relies on its innovative Sound Check technology to quietly test itself without annoying you or the dogs. The Nest Protect system is also sensitive to false alarms, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not to evacuate the home in the event of an emergency.

Nest Cam


How much does a Nest Cam cost?

In addition to the setup and installation fee, Nest Cams do require a monthly or yearly subscription to Nest Aware, which includes remote live access to your video feed, playback capabilities, the ability to speak through the camera, and more.

If you’re interested in a camera that allows you to monitor your home while you’re away, consider investing in Nest Aware for the ability to know if there’s a false alarm or a real intruder. Nest Cams have even allowed some homeowners to “scare away” intruders thanks to the ability to speak through the camera.

Smart Home Technology Installation: Memphis and Nashville

Attempting to set up smart home technology can make you feel uhh..not so smart. Greenway offers smart home installation services to get your Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, or Nest Cam set up and ready to operate, so you can sit back and relax while we do the hard part.