The wave of the future is home automation, and Nest is at the forefront of the movement. In past months, an increasing number of devices and functions have hopped on the bandwagon to become Nest compatible. This allows homeowners to coordinate even more functions within their space, from lighting to washing cycles, and combine them into a harmonious routine to save time and effort for the tasks that really matter. In the article below, we’ve listed the top ten Nest compatible items of 2017, so you can begin freeing up more of your time and save energy.
1. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit
This in-wall dimmer switch is compatible for voice control with Alexa from Google, and can be connected via your phone, so programming a lighting theme has never been simpler. This kit also allows you to coordinate with other aspects of Nest to coordinate drawing or opening of shades, shift your lighting scheme to accommodate a change in season, and thermostat controls. The kit includes two in-wall dimmer switches, Pico remote, pedestals, two wall plates, and a Caseta wireless Smart Bridge.
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
This thermostat control system integrates the patterns you prefer into its program. Nest is now wireless, and can be monitored or adjusted remotely via a specialized application. It automatically adjusts the temperature when the house is empty to save energy, and can be programmed to adjust in advance so your home always feels inviting. Plus, with advancements in technology, it also allows you to review your energy use history, offers tips for energy saving, and indicates when you select a temperature that saves energy.
3. Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Home fires and carbon monoxide leaks are two of the most devastating events that can threaten homeowners and their property. This dual smoke alarm and CO sensor brings unprecedented control and a sense of safety by monitoring each room in your home with an individual sensor. It also integrates with smartphone and other wireless technology, sending remote alerts for leaks, fires, or low batteries directly to you, no matter where you are.
4. LIFX Smart LED Multi-Color Bulb
Light is as important a feature of your home as the furniture. That’s why these smart bulbs are catching on so quickly. The LED bulb is capable of producing over 1,000 color variations, in addition to warm or cool white light. Not only will you never need to buy additional, specialized color bulbs again, you can integrate these with your Nest system and wirelessly change your color scheme with a touch. Plus, they offer a brightness equivalent to a standard 75W bulb.
5. WeMo Switch Smart Plug
Gone are the days of unreliable lighting timers or arriving home to a house both dark and cold. Nest systems now integrate a host of technologies, including this smart plug that turns the home lights on or off at your command. You can synchronize lights to switch on or off in conjunction to external conditions, like sunrise or sunset, a gloomy overcast day or a sunny afternoon. Use your smartphone or tablet to create and modify a customized schedule for electronics and small appliances that fits your lifestyle.
6. Outdoor Security Camera from Nest
This weatherproof security camera system is equipped with an all-glass lens that allows you to remotely view a 130 degree swath with crystal clarity. It’s ideal for communicating with a visitor, too, since it’s equipped with a microphone and speaker. You can let a guest know you’ll be down in a moment or ask a delivery person to leave a package by the door. It integrates with Nest home systems, can be mounted to a magnetic surface with no need for drilling, and is as simple as plugging it into an outdoor outlet.
7. Skybell WiFi Doorbell
This doorbell and video monitoring system allows you to view any visitor in 1080p, full-color video at any time of day or night. Plus, you can record video for later viewing or remotely monitor the security of your property via your smartphone. An additional benefit of this system is that you’ll receive a notification that you have a visitor, even if they don’t press the doorbell, enhancing your home safety and preventing unwanted intrusion into your domicile.
8. Logitech Harmony Companion All-in-One Remote
With advancements in home integration and automation, you can now program your lights, your entertainment systems, and even small appliances with this system. It works in conjunction with Alexa for voice control, and permits you to interact via voice or smart device to activate lights, find programming, or start up a gaming console without moving from your favorite chair. You can even create lighting and entertainment programs for special occasions ahead of time.
9. August Smart Lock
Monitoring the security of your home is now that much simpler with this smart lock device. It allows you to lock or unlock your door with your smartphone, remotely access the program from anywhere for added security, and allows you to track entry and exit with an activity log. You can also double check that you remembered to lock the door on your way out with the patented August Home Skill program. This system integrates with Nest and is compatible with most standard deadbolt configurations.
10. Awair Air Quality Monitor
Air purity is an important factor in the health of almost every person on the planet, but it is critical for those with allergies or sensitivities. This stylish walnut case will look at home no matter what your décor scheme, and allows you to keep track of what’s in your home’s air supply. It integrates with both Nest systems and Alexa, for easy voice control, to help you track toxins, dust, allergens, and CO2 levels in all the rooms of your house. Plus, it offers actionable tips based on its reports and your specified respiratory needs.