How Does Sonos Work?

It’s a tale as old as time- you want to listen to your favorite podcast on the only speaker in the house, but your daughter wants to listen to whatever her favorite band is this week, while your son wants to connect it to the TV so he can play video games with the sound as loud as possible. Neither of you want to put headphones in your ears because it’s just not the same as listening with a speaker, but it doesn’t seem like you have a lot of other options. Here’s what you should do: get Sonos.

Sonos is a speaker system that you can control over WiFi using either Amazon Alexa or the Sonos App. Whichever mode of control you choose to use isn’t restricted to just one speaker, but can also be used for any other speaker in the house, no matter where in the house you are. For example, if you are using the Sonos App on your phone to control the speaker in your room, you can also use your phone to control another speaker in a different room. This is convenient as it allows everyone in the house to happily listen to whatever they want while still utilizing the amazing sound quality that Sonos offers. This means you can have all the speakers in the house play your favorite podcast or only one speaker play the podcast, or even have each speaker play something different for each room.

Sonos offers a variety of products, from speakers to home theatres that amplify the sound on your TV to components meant to enhance the sound of already owned gadgets, such as stereos or vinyl, so you have the freedom to choose which speakers will work best for your household. This way you can customize your own home speaker system. This means you can have a speaker in as many rooms around the house as you want, placed in a way that would give your household the best possible listening experience. And, because Sonos is controlled via WiFi, not Bluetooth, more than one speaker can be controlled simultaneously from the same source, whereas with Bluetooth products, there is only one source for every one speaker. This also means that if you get a phone call while listening from a speaker, it won’t interrupt whatever it is that you’re listening to, nor will your phone call be broadcast from the speakers. Basically, you maintain your privacy without the annoyance of an interruption of your favorite song. Don’t worry if you don’t already own Alexa, by the way. While you can connect Alexa to every Sonos product, the Amazon voice control device already comes installed within all Sonos One products.

Now that you have Sonos and have already built a home speaker system that is the envy of all of your friends, you will never have to worry about sharing a speaker with other members of the house or compromise a quality listening experience. Because with Sonos, everyone will win.

How Does Nest Work?

After continuously being frustrated with your thermostat because you can’t make it a comfortable temperature, it may be time to think of other options- like a Nest thermostat. It may be tiny, but the impact Nest’s smart thermostats will have on your home will be much bigger than you could have ever expected. Its small size allows it to sit on your wall in a discrete and aesthetic way that your clunky programmable thermostat could never do.

But it’s not just a pretty face- a Nest thermostat also makes it easier to save energy in your home, which is a big plus considering your thermostat is half your energy bill. As opposed to programmable thermostats, which aren’t proven to really preserve energy and are very limited in the number of changes you can actually make, Nest Thermostats learn from you what your ideal temperature is. All you do is adjust it like a regular thermostat for the first week so it gets a sense of what temperature you prefer your house to be at. This adjusting also helps it to create a schedule for you, ensuring that it does not spend more time warming or cooling your house than needed, and thus save more energy, which helps not only the planet but your energy bill as well. In addition to this, the thermostat will learn how your home heats and cools itself, which will allow it to customize itself even more for your household since no two houses are the same.

Once it has all of this information, the thermostat will program itself so that you won’t have to bother messing with it to get the right temperature- it will just already be the perfect temperature for you and your house. Of course, schedules and preferences change and you may find yourself having to change the temperature anyway. Luckily, the Nest app allows you to control the temperature on your thermostat from anywhere, so you don’t have to manually adjust the thermostat- meaning you can continue bingeing that show on Netflix without burning to a crisp.

Nest offers two different types of thermostats- Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E- as well as an accessory for your Nest thermostat- Nest Temperature Sensor. The Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E have many similarities, except the Nest Learning Thermostat is an older model that has a much more profound display and only the 3rd gen model is compatible with the Nest Temperature Sensor. Meanwhile, the Nest Thermostat E is a newer model that has a more subtle design and any model is compatible with the Nest Temperature Sensor. When you connect your Nest thermostat to a Nest Temperature Sensor, you are able to let your thermostat know what temperature you want each room to be and at what time, and the Sensor will make the room it’s in the specific temperature you’ve programmed it to be. This way, rooms that may not normally feel the heat from the thermostat (or may feel too much of it), can be adjusted to a temperature that ensures a comfortable environment for anyone in that room.