Nest has introduced a new entry-level smart thermostat that cost less than $130, but still packs remote application control, new motion sensors and smooth mirror handling. The new Nest thermostat also introduces a different interface, eliminating the physical rotating housing of existing models and replacing it with a touch-sensitive scroll bar on one side.
As before, the thermostat itself is circular. This time, though, there are four colors to choose from. Snow, sand, charcoal, and squirrel green. Each color has a matching mirror processing panel through which the interface glows. There is a touch bar on the side that you can touch with your fingertips to change the temperature and click Select. Plus, you can control everything with apps, including new support for the Google Home app. This also includes a new setup process, with animations at each step.
Nest also simplifies the day-to-day operation of Nest Thermostat. In Home applications, for example, all major controls — such as switching modes or adjusting fans — are brought to a single interface. There are also quick plans to quickly build up exercise, sleep and other stages of things. You can cover them with temperature, or request them manually through Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
Google’s Soli sensor was added to nest thermostats for the first time. The motion tracking chip we saw in the Pixel 4 is here to wake up the display as you approach the thermostat, and can also be combined with a geofencing on your phone to track movement in the house and automatically switch between home and out mode. However, Soli doesn’t have gesture recognition, so you can’t adjust the temperature by waving in the room.
The simplicity of the new Nest thermostat, which costs $129.99, is one of the most important aspects of targeting appliances that have not yet jumped into the connection. The new model is designed to work without power, with two batteries for HVAC systems that do not have clear power, which borrows a little energy from normal use, so Nest chose to keep the thermostat working steadily rather than providing power consumption that could destabilize it.
Nest really wants most people not to actually interact so much with the new Nest thermostat. It will automatically switch to and out of Eco mode, and the application will proactively recommend new energy saving settings. For example, it can be recommended to lower the temperature slightly at night, although it has no effect on comfort, but can save energy and thus money.
In fact, Nest says owners can save an average of 10-12% on heating costs and 15% on refrigeration. All Nest thermostat users in the United States and Canada now have access to HVAC monitoring, monitoring and alerting at no charge. Meanwhile, the new Nest thermostat is available for booking from today, priced at $129.99 in the U.S. and $179.99 in Canada, and $14.99 and $19.99 in the U.S. and Canada, respectively. Google said it would ship in the coming weeks.