Dubai-based innovative home maintenance specialist Hitches & Glitches (H&G), part of the Farnek Group, has struck a partnership deal with Mindware, the Middle East distributor of the Nest Learning Thermostat, to retail and install its ground-breaking smart home gadget throughout the UAE. Under the agreement, H&G will retail and install the Nest Learning Thermostat via its newly relaunched online store, hitchesglitches.com, allowing customers to purchase the product and organise installation in two simple steps. H&G technicians not only install, they can maintain and more importantly offer advice on compatibility and complementary smart home devices, providing a seamless experience for the customer.
According to Lukas Eigenmann, COO, H&G, “This third-generation thermostat is at the very cutting edge of smart home technology and one of the most innovative products currently on the market. The Nest thermostat ultimately helps save energy and money by recording the optimum temperatures of the home and readjusting automatically.” The unique technology allows the user to connect the thermostat to Wi-Fi and to change the temperature from a phone, tablet or laptop, no matter where they are. It recognises when the home is empty and reduces the energy output to avoid cooling an empty home. It also monitors the weather to make the relevant adjustments to indoor temperature. The thermostat has the ability to act as a first line of defence against fire, if the home gets dangerously hot an alert is sent to the synched phone or tablet, alerting the user to the potential danger.
On the subject of sustainability, since its launch in the US, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been installed in 11 million homes around the world and helped to save more than 18 billion kWh, according to research by the World Bank. This is enough energy to power all the homes in the UAE for an entire year. Demand has soared for smart home gadgets, as improved technology has made devices easier to use and more affordable, especially those with remote options for homeowners working away, travelling, on holiday or just at the office.