We’re big fans of Nest, the Internet-connected smart thermostat, so we were happy to see today that the company will be releasing new software for the device just in time for summer.
Nest software version 3.5 includes several new features such as “Sunblock,” which automatically senses when your home is in direct sunlight and adjusts HVAC settings accordingly, “Advanced Fan Control,” which lets users manually choose when to allow their HVAC system’s fan to run, and “Cool to Dry,” which automatically detects unsafe levels of indoor humidity and adjusts the AC to compensate.
The company is also enhancing the device’s “Auto-Away” feature, which automatically senses when the home is empty and lowers the heating or cooling to save energy. In tests of the device last year, it was discovered that Auto-Away needed some improvement. It sometimes turned on when residents were still home, and other times failed to activate when the house was empty. The company promises that the feature will be “much better” in the new release.
New mobile apps will also be available for users who want to control their nest with their smartphones. Although not ready for download as of this post, expect the updates to go live on the iOS and Google Play app stores later today.
Users of first and second generation Nests should make sure their units are connected to Wi-Fi to receive the updated software, which should roll out to everyone by 9:00 p.m. EST today.