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Nest Smart Thermostat and Other Smart Thermostats

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The Nest Smart Thermostat is an ENERGY STAR certified device that is programmable for efficient use by a smart home. It is not only easy to use, but it saves you a significant amount of energy by adapting to and working around your schedule. Utility bills can be a big headache, and Nest Smart helps reduce these heating and cooling bills.

Design and SetupSmart Thermostats

It has a slim design of measurements 1.2” thick and 3.3” diameters, with a large display of 2.1 vs. 1.8”, and a higher resolution. It is available in black to blend in with stylish décor and dark walls, stainless steel for that classy look, copper that gives warmth and white for those who prefer a subtle look.

To key in information, press the outer ring for the main menu while turning it left or right to find an item of your choice. Once you’ve done that, use the outer ring again to click on your selection. It is easy-to-use with fast, precise movements.

The mobile app will give you a video tutorial on how to go about the installation process. On their website is a system match that enables users to know if the thermostat will work with their existing wiring. After installation, you may need to charge for about 30 minutes which is not always the case.


For those who are not very excited about constantly making adjustments to their thermostats, the Nest Smart has an Auto-schedule which is a great option. Within some time, it creates a schedule according to your habits and lifestyle. Of course, this can be adjusted.

It contains temperature sensors as well as ambient light, activity, and humidity sensors. The third generation Nest Smart Thermostat has a Farsight feature that lights up when you enter a room. Previous versions require you to be in front of the device before they light up.

The thermostat is equipped with a Bluetooth radio, Wi-Fi circuitry, and 512MB of memory. It works extremely well with other Nest devices like the Nest security cameras and the Protect smoke detector. You can also connect it to many other smart products.

The package comes with a screwdriver for installation which is a rare occurrence. The Nest thermostat has a built-in battery which extracts energy from your HVAC wiring. This is a plus as it eliminates the need for battery replacement.

Warranty and Support

Installation is fairly simple, but you can contact the customer support team if you are experiencing any difficulties. Professional installation is recommended by Nest if you have a dual-fuel system, a whole-home dehumidifier, or a dehumidifier.

They are available on social media, live chat, phone, and email. They also have an online community forum where employees and users get to interact, share information, and ask questions regarding the product. Nest Smart Thermostat has a two-year warranty.

Washer and Dryer Features

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Washers and dryers have come a long way which has ultimately made laundry easier to manage. There are constant upgrades to increase functionality, and this has improved their reliability today.  PG Used Appliances ( has seen a lot of changes and improvements over the years and gave us the following information.

Washer Features

  1. Remove allergensWasher and Drayer

Washers with steam or heaters can eliminate dust, mites, pet stains and all allergens present in the laundry.

  1. Large capacity washers

These washers can hold more in a single load. It saves the user a lot of time.

  1. Temperature control

Some washers have automatic temperature controls that regulate the hot and cold water to the appropriate temperature required for the wash cycle.

  1. Dispensers

Automatic dispensers are found in some washers which release the detergent, bleach, powder, fabric softener, etc., at the right time without splattering. They have unique reservoirs for holding these laundry products.

  1. Extra cycles

For those who are allergic to detergent residues, you might want to consider acquiring one with an extra rinse cycle for efficient rinsing,

  1. Noise reduction

Vibration reduction usually indicates washers with a sound-dampening material. Some have also done away with the noise completely for quiet operations.

  1. Delay wash

You can program some washers to take care of your load as you sleep or even when you step out.

  1. Steam cleaning technology

These washers use advanced steam technology that removes the need to pre-treat stains. Some have oxygen cleaners released during the cycle to brighten the clothes naturally.

Dryer Features

  1. Recycle clothes

Dryers that use steam technology enable you to straighten out your clothes and remove any odors eliminating the need for a rewash.

  1. Retain quality

The dryers can preserve your clothes’ quality and shape extending their lifespan.

  1. Moisture sensors

These sensors detect the amount of moisture present in the laundry and turn off the dryer when necessary. Unlike thermostats, they work better on fabrics and are economical for your utility bills.

  1. Fast drying time

Advanced dryers now have large blowers from express cycles that significantly reduce drying time

  1. Eco-friendliness

Other dryers have eco sensors which monitor the level of energy to enhance efficiency while reducing the negative impact on the environment.

Hi Tech Appliances

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In today’s world, technology is everywhere. We see it in our cars, we see it in our gadgets, and now even see it in our homes with a range of hi tech appliances. Smart home devices, make life much easier, when it comes to conserving energy, and even doing house chores.
Take the smart home appliances  what example. You can now purchase a refrigerator with the touch screen television on the door. This can serve as a general family notetaking area for organization. Or also to peek inside your refrigerator without even opening the door. Cameras are mounted inside your refrigerator.  With a few taps of the screen you can view inside to see what you need from the grocery store.  Once you arrive at the grocery store, you may remember something else that you’re not quite sure that you have in the fridge.  Good thing that refrigerator has a smart phone app, simply open the app and view inside your refrigerator from the grocery I’ll using your smart phone.

Smart Washers & Dryers

 What about laundry?  Did you know that now there exists, even smart washers and smart dryers.  You may ask why what I need to control my washer and dryer from my smart phone.  Well many of these models are made to be stacked. One on top of the other, the wash machine on the bottom, the dryer sits on top. If you’re shorter than 5 foot seven, it makes it incredibly difficult to push the buttons or even see the controls of the dryer mounted above. Grab that extra iPad or tablet that you don’t use anymore, mounted to the wall of your laundry area, and now you can control both washer and dryer from the smart phone app which is connected to your washer and dryer.

Smart Water Heaters

 It doesn’t stop there. The appliance in your home that uses the greatest amount of electricity, is your water heater. There are now  technologically advanced water heaters.  So you go on vacation, the last thing you’re going to worry about is opening that access panel to the water heater and cranking the heater down to somewhere closer to room temperature. So your water heater doesn’t heat water for no one to use. Well, when you’re sitting in line at the airport waiting for that plane to land, so you can board and be on your way, use your smart phone, connect to your water heater, and decrease the temperature settings so as not to waste electricity. Now you’ve got more money to spend on vacation.