The world’s best thermostat just got even better. Today Nest Labs, Inc. unveiled the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat—and it’s thinner, smarter, and more beautiful than ever. The energy-saving thermostat’s upgraded display and software makes it easier to read temperatures, alerts, and messages from far-away distances, and the device also includes a new safety feature that gives advanced notice about possible problems in your home heating system.
The new Nest 3.0 Learning Thermostat is slightly thinner than its predecessor and it’s equipped with a 40% larger screen that’s brighter and higher resolution. The crisp display goes hand-in-hand with Nest’s new Farsight software, which automatically displays the target temperature or time when it senses movement in the room. Owners of previous Nest models must stand much closer, at a distance of three feet away or less, for the thermostat to wake up and illuminate the display.
Nest‘s 3.0 Learning Thermostat also includes a new Furnace Heads-Up diagnostic tool that looks for shutoff patterns in heating and forced air furnace systems indicative of persistent problems. If a problematic shutoff pattern is discovered, Nest will notify users via a heads-up message in the Nest app, on the thermostat screen, and as a notice in the monthly home report. Furnace Heads-Up will also be available for 1st and 2nd generation Nest owners later this year.
“The Nest Learning Thermostat has been proven by third-party researchers to save people, on average, about 10 to 12 percent on their heating bills and about 15 percent on their cooling bills,” said Maxime Veron, head of hardware product marketing at Nest. “Millions of Nest homes around the world have saved approximately four billion kilowatt hours of energy compared to what they would have used if they’d left their thermostats at a consistent temperature.” Like the previous two generations, the 3rd generation Nest Thermostat will also offer integration with Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and Nest Cam, a security camera that can automatically start recording when the Nest Thermostat is switched into the Home or Away mode.
The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is available for online purchase today for $249 and it will be available in-store at popular retail outlets soon. The 2nd generation Nest Thermostat will also be available at select retailers for the suggested price of $199 while supplies last.
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