Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Nest" Launches New Thermostat - Business Insider

"Nest" Launches New Thermostat - Business Insider

We’ve worked hard to make the new Nest fit more beautifully with your home, but the most dramatic change to the Nest thermostat comes when you remove the display.
The new base for the next generation Nest thermostat
We upgraded our easy-to-use press connectors to make inserting heating and cooling wires even faster, then moved the screw holes to the top and bottom to make installation simpler. And of course the exclusive built-in level is included in this Nest as well.

Increased compatibility

The number one support question we get is “Will Nest work in my home?” We’ve gotten a lot of requests for compatibility with two stage cooling and dual fuel systems and promised homeowners we’d let them know when Nest would work for them.
Today’s the day. The 2nd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with 95% of low voltage heating and cooling systems, including 2nd stage cooling, 3rd stage heating, dual fuel, emergency heat, and whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
Closeup of the new star connector
Nest’s unique newconnector can accept any one of four wires (W3,E,HUMorDEHUM), which means Nest now works with almost all heating and cooling systems in the US and Canada.
Homes with humidifiers, dehumidifiers or dual fuel systems have a more complicated installation process, so we’ve trained our Concierge professional installer network to install Nest for these systems. Find out more about Nest Concierge installation.

3.0 Software

We only start working on a new feature if we can create something better and smarter. That’s what we hope we’ve done with our new 3.0 software.
We also want to make sure we fulfill our promise to our customers to keep improving their Nest, so every Wi-Fi connected new and existing Nest thermostat will get 3.0 software too. That includes enhanced Auto-Away, more languages, Auto-Schedule in Heat • Cool mode and Android tablet apps. 3.0 software also features exclusive new System Match technology that automatically activates specific features like True Radiant, Heat Pump Balance, Early-On and Filter Reminders depending on the system you have.
Here’s all the good stuff you’re getting:
System Match - Most thermostats are designed exclusively for conventional forced air systems (systems that blow air out of vents). The trouble is not everyone has a conventional system. With System Match, Nest uses different algorithms and activates custom features depending on your system. And it won’t just give you controls that are better tailored for your home; System Match will make your entire heating and cooling system work better. More about System Match.
System Match automatically activates different features for you - True Radiant, Heat Pump Balance, Early-On or Filter Reminders - depending on the system you have:
True Radiant - You have an energy-efficient radiant system, now get the right control for it. True Radiant is a Nest exclusive that gives you a predictable schedule and even heat. No more frustrating guessing about what temperature to set when.
If you already have radiant heat, System Match will automatically activate True Radiant when you get 3.0 software. No more turning on the heat at 4am so you'll be warm by 7am, no more going beyond the temperature you wanted. This is how your radiant system should have worked all along. More about True Radiant.
Heat Pump Balance - Make sure your energy-efficient heat pump is actually saving you money. Heat Pump Balance is a Nest exclusive that optimizes how often you use expensive auxiliary heat. Just choose whether you want more comfort or more savings, and Heat Pump Balance will automatically adjust when AUX comes on.
Nest will automatically activate Heat Pump Balance in the Max Comfort setting if you have a heat pump with auxiliary heat. More about Heat Pump Balance.
Early-On - Get the temperature you want when you want it. If your schedule says 72ºF at 6am, Early-On will start heating or cooling early so it’ll be 72ºF when your alarm rings at 6:00.
Both Heat Pump Balance or True Radiant have Early-On technology built in. More about Early-On.
Filter Reminders - Filters are incredibly important for systems that blow air out of vents. A clogged filter can increase your bill by 5%. Unlike other thermostats that just alert you once a year or once a month to change the filter, Nest’s Filter Reminders are based on how many hours you’ve used heat or AC. That means they’ll only show up when you actually need them. More about Filter Reminders.
Enhanced Auto-Away - Now Auto-Away is even better at understanding if you’re home or not. When it’s sure you’re gone, Auto-Away can now turn on as quickly as a half hour after you leave the house. And if Nest doesn’t detect any activity for a while but knows you’re usually home at this time, it’ll wait longer before activating Auto-Away. More about Auto-Away.
Auto-Schedule in Heat • Cool mode - Homes with both heating and cooling can automatically switch between the two in a mode we call Heat • Cool (previously known as Range). Now Nest can use Auto-Schedule to learn what temperatures you like when you’re in Heat • Cool, just as it would if you were only heating or only cooling your home. More about Heat • Cool.
New languages -Hola and bonjour, everyone. The Nest thermostat, Web app and Mobile app now speak Spanish and French - just go to Settings and choose Language.

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