Nest will be rolling out an update for its thermostat which makes it even smarter. Included in this update is changes to how it will maintain temperatures in your home, energy saving benefits for multi-stage heating systems, and improvements for its how long it takes to reach a temperature. The Nest Thermostat is always learning, and these enhancements will be warmly welcomed by many. The changes coming include:
- Nest Thermostats will now maintain the temperature in your home up to 20% closer to the temperature you've set. That means that if you set the heat to 70ºF, your Nest Thermostat will be a lot better at keeping it at exactly 70ºF. That's a pretty big deal and actually really, really hard to do right.
- Multi-stage heating systems can now save 3.8% more energy, heat pumps can save 6.5% more, and multi-stage cooling systems can save 5.4% more than they have before. These systems are already more efficient than traditional systems. Now Nest can make them even better. While single-stage heating and cooling systems just turn your heat or AC on and off, multistage systems can save energy by turning it up a little bit at a time.
- Time-to-Temperature, Early-On and Heat Pump Balance will get better. All these features rely on predicting what will happen next: how long will it take for the house to warm up, how fast is it cooling down, if I turn on the heat a little bit now, will it be enough to get to the temperature I want in three hours considering it's such an unseasonably warm day?
The update will be rolling out to all Nest units over the next couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for it. Once you receive it, be sure to let us know your thoughts on the improvements.