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Smart Thermostats: Carrier Infinity Touch Control vs. the Nest

Posted 03-25-13 in Air Conditioning, Heating

Thermostats have come a long way.

It used to be that the only thing you did on a thermostat was change the temperature setting. Then programmable thermostats came along, allowing for more flexibility with pre-programmed settings and greater energy savings.

Now thermostats are full of additional features, ranging from controlling multiple zones to displaying the weather forecast.

Like every other piece of technology, they have become smarter.

And the Carrier Infinity Touch Control with Remote Services and the Nest Thermostat are two such smart thermostats. Although there are many other models available, these are two of the most popular (and for good reason.)

Which one takes the title as best smart thermostat? Read on to find out.

Carrier Infinity Touch Control with Remote Services

Carrier has a large roster of thermostats, but the Carrier Infinity Touch Control with Remote Services is their top-of-the-line option.

The bright, color touchscreen is easy to read and use. You can set up zones in your home, control your temperature and humidity and see your real-time energy use.

Key Features:

  • Control your home from anywhere - As with other smart thermostats, you can control it from your smartphone or other web-enabled device.
  • Weather forecast – You can see the weather forecast in the Atlanta area and set your thermostat appropriately – all in one place.
  • Digital picture frame – When not in use, you can set the touchscreen to display a photo to help the thermostat blend into your wall.
  • All-in-one home comfort – Can control your Carrier Infinity air conditioner, gas furnace, air purifier, humidifier, UV Lamp and up to 8 different zones from one interface.
  • See your energy use and save money – Carrier’s Smart Setback technology helps you save money. Plus, you can see your real-time energy use on-screen.

How it stacks up:
Carrier’s Infinity Touch Control with Remote Services has all the features you’d expect in a smart thermostat. However, it’s made to work best with other Carrier Infinity Series products, and it’s bigger than the Nest.

Nest Thermostat

Nest ThermostatThe Nest was built to solve a problem. You see, most people (89%, according to Nest) who have programmable thermostats don’t set their schedules. Therefore, they lose out on the energy (and money) savings these devices were created to achieve.

The Nest was built to “learn” your habits automatically. This is what sets it apart from other thermostats (along with its design).

As you make temperature adjustments, it remembers them and sets your schedule accordingly.

Key Features:

  • Simple design – The Nest’s design is unlike any other smart thermostat – round and sleek with a vibrant screen.
  • Easy-to-use interface – Answer a few, brief questions after installation, then just adjust the thermostat as you use it, and Nest will learn your schedule.
  • See the results of your actions – If you change your thermostat setting, the next day you can see how that affected your energy use and why.
  • Control from anywhere – Like most smart thermostats, you can control your Nest from wherever you are, using your smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device.
  • New updates – With version 2.0, the Nest can now also control multiple zones and your humidity.
  • Always adjusting – As you make adjustments to the thermostat, Nest learns and adjusts your automatic schedule.

How it stacks up:
The Nest Thermostat delivers on its promise to make the programmable thermostat more user-friendly. If you are a homeowner looking for a simple way to reduce your energy bills, the Nest could be the answer.

For homeowners who want to get the most out of their Carrier Infinity air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps or air quality products, the Carrier Infinity Touch Control may be the better option.

The Winner?

The best smart thermostat will be different for different people, homes and budgets. Both the Nest and the Carrier Infinity Touch Control with Remote Services have pros and cons.

Want to know if the Nest Thermostat or Infinity Control will work in your home? Contact Coolray online today.

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