Google’s Nest smart home division has a new smart thermostat available to order starting today. The new Nest Thermostat is a simpler model than the Nest Learning Thermostat or
Simpler is the theme with the new Nest Thermostat, and that starts with its design. Gone is the traditional rotating dial that’s been on every Nest thermostat for the past nine years. In its place is a touch sensitive strip on the right side that is used to navigate the interface and make adjustments. Instead of turning a dial to adjust the temperature, you swipe up and down and tap on this touch strip. This design eliminates all of the moving parts and allowed Google to bring the price down.
The front of the thermostat is a completely mirrored finish with a display that shines through the mirror when the thermostat is being used. Google is using the same
Similar to the recently released
Nest has also simplified the software experience. The new Nest Thermostat does not feature Nest’s signature learning function, which attempts to automatically learn your living circumstances and adjust the thermostat for the best balance of comfort and efficiency. Instead, it runs off of a traditional schedule system, where you tell it when you’re home, when you’re away, and what temperature it should maintain for each scenario. In this way, it’s similar to how a traditional programmable thermostat works and should be very familiar to most people upgrading to a smart thermostat for the first time.
The Nest Thermostat does have some smarts built in. It can be controlled via the Google Home smartphone app just like any other Nest thermostat, and it supports voice control via the Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. It can also prompt you to adjust temperature levels for more efficiency and can alert you to potential issues with your HVAC system or when it’s time to change your air filter. It will use the Soli motion sensor plus geolocation on your phone to automatically enable Eco mode to save energy when you’re not home. Google says that these features can save owners an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling bills each year. The Nest Thermostat is also Energy Star certified, just like the other Nest thermostat models.
The Nest Thermostat lacks some capabilities compared to the more expensive versions. It doesn’t support
Google representatives say the Nest Thermostat does not replace its other models — the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat remains available, though the Nest E will be only available to professional installers going forward. Instead, the company hopes that the lower cost and easier-to-understand system will be enticing to those that have not yet upgraded to a smart thermostat and are still using a traditional, programmable one.