Are the Nest Labs Home Automation and Security Cameras right for you?
Are you interested in home automation and security? Well, if you are in the market for nanny cams or security cameras, you might also want to take a look at home automation as well.
This is because with a well thought out home automation system, you can control many other functions around your home, not just the security cameras. For example, you can play music through your Amazon Echo or Fire TV, control the temperature of your water heater to save money, turn on your home’s lights when you are away, turn on the heating so your home is nice and cozy when you arrive home and even connect with your GE Appliances that are WIFI enabled.
Home automation is really the way of the future, so let’s take a look at some of the Nest Lab’s home automation and security products, giving you a better idea if they are suitable for your home.
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
With 130 degree wide angle shots and 1080p HD resolution, you will have crystal clear vision all day long and even at night.
This is a weatherproof camera that works in the rain and sends you alerts and snapshots if it detects any outdoor activity within its range. It even has a built-in speaker and microphone so when you receive an alert, you can speak to whoever is on your property.
If its the mailman, you can tell him to leave the parcel by the door and if it an intruder, you can tell them that you are calling the police.
This is an easy DIY install, as all you have to do is to attach it to the wall and plug it into an outdoor socket. You can even attach it to a magnetic surface, in the garage or workshop for example.
You will need to purchase a Nest Aware subscription, but this gives you a 10 or 30 day continuous video history, activity zones, better alert notifications and other functions as well.
You start with a free trial period, but then at the date of writing this article, the cost of storing videos for 30 days on the Nest Cloud is $30 or $300 a year. Additional cameras cost $15 per month or $150 per year.
The majority of customers love the Nest Cam Outdoor Security Cameras as they are so easy to setup and use, provide good quality images and look sleek and modern. The only negative is the subscription to Nest Aware, but if you don’t want to save a video history and just want live recordings, you can most probably dispense with this additional cost.
Nest Cam Home Security Indoor Camera
With a 130 degree wide angle lens, 2 way communication, a x8 digital zoom, IR night vision, push notifications and a variety of mounting options, this is a great little security camera.
Setup is simple and fast, just scan in the QR code, connect to your home’s WIFI network and you are good to go. Just as with the Nest Outdoor Cameras, you do need to subscribe to the Nest Cloud if you want to keep your video recording for any length of time.
The Nest Cam security cameras don’t work on batteries, as they need to be plugged into the mains power. If you want a sleek and sturdy little home security camera to keep an eye on your kids when you are away at work or on the baby sitter, then these Nest Cams are very popular. You can read my full review here.
Nest Learning Thermostat – 3rd generation
It also allows you to see the display from across the room and it lights up when it sees you approaching for easier viewing.
When you spend half your energy bill on heating, it is important that you have a high tech thermostat that is designed to help you save money on your heating and cooling costs. The Nest Thermostat is designed to do just that, and can turn itself down when no-one is at home.
This thermostat has been shown to cut your heating bills by around 10% and your cooling bills by 15%, on average. it even tells you how much money you have saved each day. Install the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm and if there’s a carbon monoxide leak, Nest Protect can tell your Nest Thermostat to turn off the heating.
You can even connect the Nest Thermostat to Google Home or to Amazon Alexa, controlling the thermostat with your voice, and both are good options for easy home automation and security.
The Nest thermostat offers a fast set up process in 30 minutes or less, auto scheduling and you can control it from your smart phone. It connects to your home’s WIFI system and can be access on the go, via your smart phone, tablet or iPad.
With nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon and 95% of customers giving it a 4 or 5 star rating, the Nest Learning Thermostat is a Best Seller on Amazon.
Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Nest alarms are great for many reasons, but one is that they can be either wired into your home or operated via batteries.
Connect the alarm to your home’s WIFI and whenever the device detects smoke or carbon monoxide you will be sent an alert to your smart phone, telling you what the problem is and where it is in your home. You can also silence the alarm via your mobile device and it will send you an alert if the batteries are running low (unless it is wired in).
The Nest Protect uses two different wavelengths of light to detect both fast and slow burning fires, so it provides superior protection for your family and your property.
Whether you decide on the battery operated or the wired versions of Nest Protect, both are easy to install, taking only minutes to setup on your mobile device.
Once installed, every Nest protect device will automatically connect with any others that are already installed, making keeping your home and family safe very easy.
With nearly 5000 reviews on Amazon and 95% of customers giving the Nest Protect a 4 or 5 star review, customers clearly love this device.
Overview of the Nest Labs home automation and security products
The Nest Labs home automation and security devices not only work and connect to each other, but they also connect with other devices.
These devices include Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Rheem Hot water systems, Luton Caseta lights and shades, Automatic connected car adapter, Sleep Number beds and GE Appliances with WIFI capabilities.
Keeping your home and family safe and comfortable in your home is easy when you use the Nest labs home automation and security devices.