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  • New High Tech Thermostat NEST Upgrade

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    There is no other way to say this...but get a NEST thermostat in your house now! These extra smart and sensitive thermostats make it way easier to control the temperature in your home...and actually make it fun! Here is the latest upgrade of the NEST thermostat.

    Nest, the company founded by the former Apple designer Tony Fadell, has a new version of its self-learning thermostatcoming out this month. The company said on Tuesday that it had upgraded both the hardware and software of the device to make it thinner, smarter and more compatible with different types of heating and cooling systems.

    On the outside, the main difference is that the body is about 20 percent slimmer than its predecessor’s. Inside, the components have been slightly rejiggered so that the thermostat will work with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems in the United States, the company said.

    The device includes the latest Nest software, version 3.0, which has improved algorithms that use statistical analysis to make the thermostat adapt to your system and environment. For example, a feature called auto-away uses motion detection to know when nobody is in the house and turns off a heater or air-conditioner after a certain amount of time. The older software waited two hours before shutting down the system, but now it can take just half an hour because it does statistical analysis of your daily patterns to know when you’re unlikely to be home — like between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a Sunday, when you’re at the gym, perhaps.

    The improved algorithms should also help the Nest learn about the nuances of your particular system, the company says. For example, in a house with old pipes that takes longer to heat up to a certain temperature, the Nest will learn what time to turn on the heat to get your house to a set temperature by a certain hour, said Maxime Veron, a product manager of Nest.

    Read more at the NY Times


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