For those of you who don’t know what a Nest is, it’s THE thermostat for the 21st century. It’s internet connected, is amazingly designed and helps people be more energy efficient. As soon as the 2nd Gen Nest came out I ordered one for myself and two more for house warming gifts. I love automated living and you’d think that your thermostat is pretty automated now but when you get your hands on a Nest it changes your entire view on heating and cooling.
The new 3.5 software update is dropping in the next day or two and includes some great new features like:
In many homes the thermostat is in direct sunlight, causing it to warm up. Nest automatically adapts to direct sunlight so it reads and sets the right temperature.
Advanced Fan Control
Running the fan can save energy and keep air fresh. Now you can schedule your fan to turn on daily or for a few minutes every hour to circulate air through your home.
Cool to Dry
Homeowners in very humid areas need help keeping their homes healthy and dry. Now Nest can use your air conditioner to dehumidify your home, especially when you’re away.
Now Auto-Away is more aware of when you come and go. That means bigger savings and a more comfortable home when you walk in the door.
Mobile App updates
It now feels more natural to change the temperature in the Mobile apps: it’s just like turning the ring on Nest itself. You can also get filter alerts and other messages in our apps’ new message center.
If your utility has partnered with Nest, Seasonal Savings can take everything Nest has learned about you and find ways to save energy that are perfect for your home. Nesters have seen their heating and cooling use fall 5-10% without sacrificing comfort.
Rush Hour Rewards
Some of Nest’s utility partners pay their customers to use less energy during peak “rush hour” times. If you’re a customer of one of these utilities, Rush Hour Rewards helps you earn the most money back, while you stay comfortable and in control.
For more information visit their blog here: http://nest.com/blog/2013/04/29/new-summer-software/