Today Nest announced they have refined the design of their Learning Thermostat with a new version that is 20% thinner. The 2nd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with 95% of low voltage heating and cooling systems, including 2nd stage cooling, 3rd stage heating, dual fuel, emergency heat, and whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers - which means Nest now works with almost all heating and cooling systems in the US and Canada.
The new Nest is available for pre-order on nest.com/store today for $249. Nests will start shipping on October 15th. If you want to pick up an original Nest, they have slashed the price to $229 while supplies last.
Nest also announced that they are pushing out a new software update to the original Nest. The new software Version 3.0 includes a ton of new features that enhance the Nest experience and save you money.
Highlights of Version 3.0 include:
- System Match - Most thermostats are designed exclusively for conventional forced air systems (systems that blow air out of vents). The trouble is not everyone has a conventional system. With System Match, Nest uses different algorithms and activates custom features depending on your system. And it won’t just give you controls that are better tailored for your home; System Match will make your entire heating and cooling system work better. More about System Match.
- Enhanced Auto-Away - Now Auto-Away is even better at understanding if you’re home or not. When it’s sure you’re gone, Auto-Away can now turn on as quickly as a half hour after you leave the house. And if Nest doesn’t detect any activity for a while but knows you’re usually home at this time, it’ll wait longer before activating Auto-Away. More about Auto-Away.
- Auto-Schedule in Heat – Cool mode - Homes with both heating and cooling can automatically switch between the two in a mode we call Heat – Cool (previously known as Range). Now Nest can use Auto-Schedule to learn what temperatures you like when you’re in Heat – Cool, just as it would if you were only heating or only cooling your home. More about Heat – Cool.
- New languages -Hola and bonjour, everyone. The Nest thermostat, Web app and Mobile app now speak Spanish and French – just go to Settings and choose Language. And, as always, you can switch Nest to Celsius in Settings as well.
Finally, Nest also reports that their Android app has been upgraded to work on Android tablets, including the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. The updated app includes a new Energy History report with more detailed info about how and where temperatures were set, the At a Glance screen has been upgraded, you can now lock Nest remotely and switch the apps between English, Spanish or French.
I purchased a Nest at the beginning of the summer to try and beat the Texas heat, and I’m enjoying it just as much as when I first reviewed it. My wife loves the convenience, it controls our temperature automatically, and it saves us money.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your parents, I would highly recommend the Nest Learning Thermostat.