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 Nest Thermostat E and comes with a lower price, just $129.99. That’s $40 less than the Nest E and $120 less than the top-of-the-line third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It is available to pre-order starting today, and Google says it will be shipping in a few weeks.
The Nest Thermostat carries many of the same features users have come to expect. According to Google, it can save anywhere from 10 percent to 12 percent on heating costs and as much as 15 percent on cooling bills. It can also be controlled remotely through the Google Home app. The Nest Thermostat helps monitor the health of your overall HVAC system and alerts you to potential problems before they worsen.
It does this by sending reminders of seasonal maintenance and letting you know when it may be time to replace the air filter. Depending on where you live, you might be able to book a professional to come in and inspect your system directly from the reminders.
You can control the thermostat through any Assistant-enabled devices. If you’re comfortable in bed or you just can’t find the energy to get off the couch, just say, “Hey Google, turn up the heat.” The Nest Thermostat will also help you make an energy-efficient schedule based on your patterns. For example, it might suggest turning the temperature down when you go to bed. If you want to do this, you can accept the suggestion in the Home App.
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.
Like previous models, the Nest Thermostat is easy to install. If you have the know-how, you can install it yourself in about half an hour. If you aren’t comfortable attempting to install the thermostat on your own, you can get help from a Nest Professional. The Nest Thermostat works in the vast majority of homes, but if you aren’t sure, there is an online compatibility checker you can use before you invest in one.
If you do attempt to install it yourself and make a few mistakes, don’t worry. Google now offers the Nest Thermostat Trim Kit, designed to help cover any mistakes and imperfections in the wall of your home caused by removing an old thermostat. It includes a trim plate as well as a steel plate and is matched to the Nest Thermostat colors. If you’re looking for a smart thermostat to help streamline energy usage in your home, the $129.99 Nest Thermostat is a great place to start your search.