Now on its third generation, the Nest Thermostat isn't the only smart thermostat around anymore — but it's still one of the best. The latest model has a screen that's higher-res and 40 percent larger than the 2nd-gen, a fact that's put to full advantage by Farsight, a feature that displays the target temperature or time in large, easily-readable type when you walk in the room. It's thinner, too, still integrates well with the company's smoke/CO2 detector and cameras, and can now sense problems with your furnace ahead of time, so you're not left with an outrageous maintenance bill, or worse, a non-functioning heater.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it's time to re-evaluate your ceiling fan situation. Haiku with SenseME from Big Ass Fans is the world's first smart fan, with on-board sensors and microprocessors that monitor room conditions and occupancy so the fan can adjust automatically as conditions change. Haiku can reduce utility bills on its own, but it also works with the Nest Learning Thermostat to make saving even easier--and just like Nest, the fan learns your preferences and adjusts on the fly. It can even connect with UP by Jawbone fitness trackers to make your bedroom more comfortable for a better night's sleep. The sleek, minimalist fan is controlled by something we all have--a smartphone--so you can say goodbye to clunky pull chains and wobbly, ugly ceiling fans and hello to the future.
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It's not at all uncommon for traditional thermostats to keep the room that they're in comfortably at whatever temperature you've chosen, while leaving rooms farther away either too hot or too cold. After all, they can only tell the temperature in a single room. The Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat overcomes this limitation by working with remote sensors that give it the temperature it the areas that matter the most to you, ensuring that your whole home stays comfortable. It offers touchscreen controls, and thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, you can control it from your phone or tablet while it checks the weather outside to maximize your energy savings.
There are plenty of reasons why you might need a humidifier. But whatever the cause, you can pretty much guarantee that spreading bacteria around the room isn't a good idea. Which is why you need the Dyson Humidifier. Using Ultraviolet Cleanse technology, it kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, which is more than you can say for most of its competitors. It also leverages the company's bladeless Air Multiplier technology to project its mist evenly throughout the room, using temperature and humidity sensors to keep you in your comfort zone, and doubles as a high-velocity fan when humidification isn't needed.
Innovative design notches another victory, and in an unlikely space, with the Zen Thermostat. Zen might remind you of certain "learning thermostat" but is aiming to find it's own niche for consumers who are ready to embrace technology and design. Zen is simple to install and easy to use, and is connected to your Wi-Fi with the ability to be controlled from your smartphone no matter where you might remember to make an adjustment. And Zen doesn't think it's smarter than you, as you have full and total control over the adjustments to the thermostat's behavior, which should make your next energy bill a bit more predictable as well. If simple design is better, maybe simple technology is too.
Your schedule likely changes day-to-day along with your busy life. So instead of having to program your thermostat ahead of time, why not let it adapt to you? The Honeywell Lyric Thermostat does exactly that, relying on a companion app that keeps track of your location, sensing when you're away to save energy and sensing when you're coming home to get things back to your preferred temperature. It also takes into account the outdoor temperature and weather when making its cooling decisions, lets you control it from the app or the thermostat, and can even send you an alert when it's time to change the air filter or get your system checked out. It doesn't look too shabby, either.