When it comes to controlling the temperature of your home, there are plenty of high-tech solutions on the market. Both the Trane Nexia Comfort Link and Nest Thermostat can help you ease the cost of your monthly electric and heating bills. And both give you the ability to control the system remotely, using a smartphone or tablet, making them smart home systems. However, you'll want to assess some of the fundamental differences between your options before making a purchase.
At first glance, the Nest thermostats might not seem like much. And that's the point. This smart thermostat offers a sleek, minimalistic design and a very user-friendly interface. The face of the thermostat shows you the current temperature, and you use the stainless-steel outer ring to adjust the setting.
Over time, the software learns from your typical temperature inputs and begins adjusting the settings for you. For example, if you have a habit of turning the heat down several degrees an hour before bed, the Nest Thermostat will soon pick up on these habits and make the changes for you. It won't be long before the Nest takes care of all the temperature adjustments.
You can pair other Nest devices with your thermostat for additional functionality. For example, the Nest Protect, which detects smoke or carbon monoxide levels in your home, will send alerts to your phone or tablet in the event of an emergency at home. You can then take additional steps, such as turning off the heating system in your home via the Nest Thermostat.
Overall, if you're simply looking for a replacement thermostat, the Nest is a suitable choice. It's also compatible with most available heating and cooling systems.
The ComfortLink is most useful if you're installing a new Trane HVAC system and would like increased control over all of your smart home technology.
Unlike the minimalistic Nest, ComfortLink takes the form of a 7-inch touchscreen control panel. When it's not in use, the screen can serve as a digital picture frame, but when you interact with it, you'll see weather forecasts, the temperature of each zone in your home, heating and cooling controls, and more.
ComfortLink is designed to work alongside Nexia Home Automation devices. These include everything from Z-wave deadbolts and HD indoor security cameras to garage door sensors and wireless water valves. You can even sync your system up with Amazon Echo, giving you voice-activated control over your entire smart home.
If the goal is to give your home a high-tech upgrade, ComfortLink is a good start.