Nest Learning Thermostat Receives Update - Several New Features Added
The popular makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat have pushed out an update for their device, adding the ability for the thermostat to adjust its behavior to sunlight as well as a slew of other new features. Owners of first or second-generation Nest devices will automatically receive the version 3.5 update in the next few days if they have their thermostats hooked up to Wi-Fi, according to the Nest blog. The update will allow the thermostat to use its built-in light sensor to detect when it is in direct sunlight and to adjust its temperature settings accordingly. The feature is dubbed Sunblock and will turn on after at least one day of Nest being in direct sunlight.
The update also brings the ability to set Nest to run a fan all night and turn off in the morning or to run any other user specifications thanks to new options for Advanced Fan Control. Other new features include Cool to Dry, in which Nest uses its humidity sensor to detect humidity levels and turn on the air condition when needed; Enhanced Auto-Away, which allows the thermostat to better understand your schedule and Auto-Tune, which finds opportunities to save energy and help users take advantage of them. Specific information on each of the new features is available on Nestís site
for those of you who are interested.
The company also announced that it will be updating the Nest Mobile app for iOS and Android. The updates are aimed at making the changing temperate more natural, similar to turning the ring on the Nest itself. The updates will also bring the ability for Nest to message users when they need to change their filters or perform some other action.
According to Nest Founder Matt Rogers, since thermostats are meant to be put in a home and expected to last for years, the company will be looking to expand capabilities not through continual hardware updates but instead through regular software updates. The company seems to be providing thus far, letís see how it keeps up!