Nest Thermostat: The New and Improved

Introducing the New Nest Thermostat

Google has come out with the New Nest Thermostat with new and improved features to help you keep your house warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and save energy at the same time. Right off the bat, the Nest Thermostat will save the average population 10% to 12% on their heating bills. The Nest Thermostat earned the ENERGY STAR rating from the EPA. The Nest Thermostat has significant features that could encourage you to get the Nest Thermostat for your home. The Nest Thermostat comes in colors: Snow, Charcoal, Sand, and Fog. The Nest Thermostat is easy to install, changes the temperature and comfort settings in your house automatically, and has new Soli radar technology to determine when you’re home or away. We’ll talk about the new Nest Thermostat and then compare it to the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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Nest Thermostat: Easy to Install

The Nest Thermostat was designed so that it could be installed in up to 95% of homes today. This is a little better than the compatibility of the Nest Learning Thermostat, which was compatible in 85% of homes.

No Common Wire Required?

There is no requirement for the common wire in the Nest Thermostat. What does this mean? Most homes now do not provide a common wire in the HVAC installation, so this just allows more people to make use of the Nest Thermostat and all it’s smart thermostat features.

Nest Thermostat Trim Kit

The Nest Thermostat Trim Kit is sold separately. It provides a plate to surround your Nest Thermostat if the hole or electrical box is bigger than the Nest Thermostat. You can use the Nest Thermostat Kit to cover those imperfections in the wall. The Nest Thermostat Kit comes in all the Nest Colors.

Nest Thermostat provides Energy Savings

The Nest Thermostat has features that should provide an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating bills. I hope that’s true up here in Canada. Google also states that the Nest Thermostat should help save an average of 15% savings on cooling bills too. The Nest Thermostat earned an ENERGY STAR rating from the EPA.

Nest Thermostat Savings Finder: Automatic Temperature Change

The Nest Thermostat will turn down the temperature when you away from home. The Nest Thermostat’s Savings Finder will suggest ways to improve your energy savings by modifying your schedule and remember your comfort settings.

Nest Thermostat Quick Schedule

The Nest Thermostat Quick Schedule will help you pick your desired temperatures at different times of the day. Whether you’re home, away, or asleep, the Nest Thermostat will adjust the temperatures to manage your comfort and energy savings.

Nest Thermostat HVAC Monitoring

HVAC Monitoring: The Nest Thermostat can monitor and determine whether your HVAC system is functioning normally. It can also predict if you’re going to have issues with your heating and cooling system. You can get alerts sent to the Google Home App or by email if an issue occurs. HVAC monitoring will tell you when your filter needs changing and remind you of seasonal maintenance for you. HVAC monitoring will also provide the capability to schedule a visit from a certified pro in the alerts and reminders settings in the Nest Thermostat.

Nest Thermostat Temperature Interface and Control

The Nest Thermostat has a new user interface (UI) display and control features. The Nest Thermostat will now display what is relevant for that time of day. 

Nest Thermostat Changing the Temperature

The Nest Thermostat now uses swipe and tap interface on the side of the device. You can change the increase or decrease the temperature, or change the settings without having to turn a dial like the previous Nest Thermostat. You can also ask your Assistant-enabled device to change the temperature by saying: “Hey Google, turn up the heat.”

Nest Thermostat Motion Sensing: Soli Enabled

The Nest Thermostat is equipped with Soli radar. Soli was introduced as one of the Pixel 4 main interface features. The Nest Thermostat uses Soli to determine whether the home is empty to switch to Eco temperatures or to wake up the display to show you relevant information. Most Nest devices have used ultrasonic signals to detect your presence, however, the Nest Thermostat uses Soli radar technology to determine whether someone is present in the house.

Differences between the Nest Thermostat and Nest Learning Thermostat

So, what does this mean for owners of the Nest Learning Thermostat? What are the differences between the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Learning Thermostat?

The NEW Nest Thermostat vs Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Temperature Sensors: The Nest Thermostat will not (updated) work with older Nest Temperature Sensors.
  • Compatibility: The Nest Thermostat is compatible with a wider range of HVAC systems compared to the Nest Learning Thermostat (95% vs. 85 % respectively).
  • Automatic Scheduling: Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat uses different scheduling features. Nest Learning Thermostat uses auto-schedule, whereas, the Nest Thermostat uses features like Quick Schedule and Savings Finder
  • Changing Settings: Nest Thermostat needs a WiFi connection to access its schedule and settings when using the Google Home App.
  • Warranty: The Nest Thermostat has a 1-year warranty. The Nest Learning Thermostat provided 2 years.
  • Batteries Required: You will need 2 AAA batteries in the Nest Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat was connected to the power in your home.
  • Price: The ‘new’ Nest Thermostat is $130 USD / $180 CAD. The Nest Learning Thermostat is $250 USD / $330 CAD. Ready to ship October 30, 2020.

Nest Thermostat FAQ

What is the Nest Thermostat?

The Nest Thermostat is the new generation of the Nest Smart Thermostat system. The Nest Learning Thermostat is its predecessor. The Nest Thermostat can be controlled by the Google Home App. The Nest Thermostat retails for $130 USD or $180 CAD.

Nest Thermostat Features

– HVAC Monitoring: The Nest Thermostat can determine issues with your heating and cooling sytem early
– Quick Scheduling: Whether home or away. The Nest Thermostat can change the comfort and temperature settings on the fly.
– Savings Finder: The Nest Thermostat will find ways to tweak your schedule to increase energy savings.
– Home or Away Motion Sensing: The Nest Thermostat is equipped with Soli radar technology to determine whether you’re home or away. Soli also activates the Nest display with relevant information when you approach the smart thermostat

What is Soli used for in the Nest Thermostat?

Soli radar is used to help the Nest Thermostat determine whether there activity in the home. It helps determine whether you’re home or away to automatically set the temperature based on your presence. The Nest Thermostat also uses Soli to activate the display with pertinent information as you approach the Nest Thermostat.

What colors do the Nest Thermostats come in?

The Nest Thermostat comes in Snow, Charcoal, Sand and Fog.

Does the Nest Thermostat come with a backplate?

The Nest Thermostat backplate or the Nest Thermostat Trim kit is sold separately for $15 USD. The Nest Thermostat Trim Kit is used to cover imperfections in the wall surrounding the Nest Thermostat.

What happened to the Nest Thermostat E?

The Nest Thermostat E will be available through pro installers now.

Do you need a common wire to install the Nest Thermostat?

The Nest Thermostat does not require the common wire for installation. However, there is an online Compability Checker.

How long is the warranty for the Nest Thermostat?

The Nest Thermostat comes with a 1-year warranty, compared to the two-year warranty of the Nest Learning Thermostat.

How much does the Nest Thermostat Cost?

The Nest Thermostat costs $130 USD or $180 CAD. The Nest Thermostat Trim Kit (baseplate) is sold separately for $15 USD.