The Nest Thermostat

First, a caveat:  I’ve yet to see a “Nest” thermostat in an actual home in the Twin Cities.

And you’d certainly guess that the spate of recent (and well-timed) news stories extolling its virtues have as much to do with holiday shopping and marketing as the device’s revolutionary technology.

However . . . in fact, the lowly thermostat does seem ripe for a high-tech makeover.

Enter the “Nest” thermostat, which attempts to do for that device what Apple did to/for personal computing.

Stocking Stuffer?

While 2x-3x the cost of a standard thermostat, the Nest thermostat promises to let homeowners quickly re-coup that investment through lower energy bills.

In turn, it supposedly accomplishes that by incorporating a more intuitive, user-friendly display and interface (see above); smart software that learns the household’s schedule; plus sensors that detect when a room is empty (and lowers the temperature automatically).

Do they actually work as billed?

Are they going to take the housing market by storm? 

Stay tuned . . .

P.S.:  My alternative headline was, “Housing’s Next Big Little Thing.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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