The world was introduced to the Nest Thermostat smart climate control system in 2011. The now Google-owned smart home company has launched its third generation Nest Learning Thermostat. Nest’s version 3.0 can only be described as impressive with a new Farsight feature that allows users to spot room temperatures from 20 feet away.
Nest Thermostat recognizes specific family members while entering a room – customizing temperature to individual preferences. For those with a forced-air furnace system, Nest’s version 3.0 has a Furnace Heads-up feature keeping track of monthly energy usage and monitoring performance.
With a new sleek design and larger screen, Nest Thermostat’s new version is designed to seamlessly integrate into your home and at the same, simply the installation process. Nest product developers made sure to keep the same thermostat-like rounded design, futuristic stainless-steel dial but stepped it up with regard to its screen size (40% larger) and improved resolution (229 pixels per inch display).
From the wall mounting process to configuring the heating and control system, four out of five people install the Nest Thermostat themselves. The configuring process involves setting your language, connecting to a local Wi-Fi network, updating out-of-date software, setting location, answering questions about HVAC system, inputting preferred temp ranges, and performing a quick system check.
Compatible with 95% of 24V heating and cooling systems, Nest Thermostat creates an energy-saving temperature schedule after studying your home’s patterns. Relying on built-in sensors, the newest version has a Home/Away Assist feature allows users in the same household to set up their own accounts and when entering a room, Nest Thermostat “jumps into action by tracking each person’s phone location.” In other words, it auto adjusts room temperature by tracking your home’s movements. If you’re not cool with your Nest Thermostat’s smart auto adjusting feature, the Nest app allows for manual temperature control.
With a full-blown Nest Initiative, the new-generation thermostat works seamlessly with its smart device cousins NestCam and Nest Protect. It’s most noteworthy integration, however, happens to be outside of the Nest family: Amazon’s Alexa. Imagine being able to adjust your house’s temperature just by saying, “Alexa, change the upstairs thermostat to 72 degrees,” or “Alexa, please reduce the downstairs temp by three degrees at 6 p.m.”
As mentioned in a recent CNET article written by Megan Wollerton, the one thing missing from Nest Thermostat: remote temperature sensors. This is a feature that allows users to adjust temperature, room-by-room. If the remote sensor in your office reads 62 degrees – a bit too chilly, you can then adjust your Nest Thermostat so that it warms up to your desired temp. It makes adjustments for temperatures in different parts of the house. Like in most homes, there are hot and cold spots.
With that being said, Nest Thermostat 3.0 is well worth the purchase price, especially if you’re taking the smart home challenge for the first time. Plans are in the works to upgrade both versions 1.0 and 2.0 with some of the new features – so it may not be worth the upgrade to the more sleek design if you already have a Nest Thermostat. Whether it’s the new Farsight or Home/Away Assist feature or the integration with Amazon’s Alexa, Nest Thermostat is still leading the pack in smart home climate control systems.