WALLER, Texas — Google and Goodman Manufacturing Company L.P. (Goodman) have collaborated to launch the Nest Thermostat E + Goodman program designed for Goodman’s independent dealer network across the United States.
The new offering marks the first time Google has offered a co-branded product and experience with an HVAC manufacturer.
“The Nest Thermostat E + Goodman pairs effortlessly with new Goodman equipment,” said Rob Barnes, vice president of Product Marketing for Goodman, “from base efficiency air conditioners to high-performing, multistage ComfortBridge™ products.”
“Both HVAC contractors and homeowners will find tremendous value with this Goodman-branded Google Nest thermostat, from service alerts customized with dealer contact information to a 5-year limited warranty,” said Barnes.
“These provide exciting advantages for HVAC contractors,” said Gene LaNois, Google’s head of Professional Industry Partnerships. “Both our organizations saw the opportunity to more deeply integrate the HVAC system into the vision of the helpful home, while giving Goodman brand dealers something special of their own. Our HVAC monitoring feature helps every system become more informative.”
“The market for smart home technology installed by professionals continues to grow exponentially,” LaNois continued. “As an HVAC contractor, if you’re not already offering smart home solutions, this may be the perfect opportunity to get involved in a new business that helps draw in new customers, new technicians and new business prospects without relying on the weather.”
LaNois said Goodman’s leadership position in the HVAC industry – plus its innovative, open protocol approach to communicating controls – set the stage for an ideal alliance with Google.
“Goodman’s ComfortBridge works with any 24-volt thermostat,” said Barnes. “This provides homeowners and HVAC contractors flexibility and freedom of choice to use any thermostat they like. And, of course, both consumers and dealers love the Nest thermostat.”
Barnes said dealers can expect to see the thermostats in Goodman branch and distribution locations beginning in February.
“This collaboration with Google is very big news for the Goodman team and our network of independent dealers,” said Barnes. “We’re thrilled to launch the Nest Thermostat E + Goodman product and eager to explore future developments with Google. We’re always looking for new ways to enhance our ability to maximize energy efficiency and system performance for our customers.”