Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Nest thermostats will warn of possible problems with your AC or furnace

They can detect patterns that hint at breakdowns.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
January 29, 2020
223 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images

You might not have to wait until your home is frigid to find out that there's a problem with your furnace. Google has started testing a Nest thermostat feature that sends email alerts when the device detects unusual patterns in your HVAC system. If it's taking an oddly long time to warm up your house, you might get a notice well before there's a full-fledged breakdown.

People in a handful of cities (Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego) will also get help contacting professionals through Handy, so you might not have trouble booking a service appointment.

HVAC warnings aren't completely new. Users have received alerts for more immediate problems. However, Google is now focusing on symptoms that may take a long time for humans to spot. In a sense, it's offering a peek at a future where your smart home does more to anticipate problems and help fix them before it's too late.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
223 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

View
The best wireless earbuds you can buy right now

The best wireless earbuds you can buy right now

View
TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores on Sunday

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores on Sunday

View
Alphabet’s DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games

Alphabet’s DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games

View
MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr