Today Google launched their latest smart home product – the Nest Thermostat E (opens in new tab), a cheaper smart thermostat that anyone and everyone (hence the E) can install themselves.
The new Nest Thermostat E is only £199 (a bit of a steal when you compare it to other similar products on the market) and is one of the first that can easily be installed with a bit of DIY, no need to call a heating engineer.
The Thermostat E is a two part system, a thermostat featuring Nest’s traditional dial interface, and a Heat Link E which is wired into your boiler. The Nest app on a smartphone or tablet will run through step-by-step instructions on precisely how to install the Heat Link E, with tools included in the box.
The Nest Thermostat E is then placed somewhere else in the home and plugged into a standard mains outlet and placed on a table top, sideboard, coffee table, whatever. The two temperature sensors can then work together to ensure even heating.
‘In 2011, we reinvented the thermostat category to make it easy for people to save energy,' said Lionel Guicherd-Callin, Global Head of Energy Product and Services, Nest. 'Fast forward seven years: Nest owners have globally saved more than 25 billion kWh – that’s the equivalent of more than £1.2 (€1.3) billion in energy saved and now we are bringing beautiful design and proven energy saving capabilities into even more homes. To do that, we needed to simplify. The more subtle look and feel of the Nest Thermostat E will seamlessly blend into any environment. And it uses existing European thermostat wires so it’s a simple installation. It’s everything our customers have come to know and love from Nest thermostats with a renewed focus on user simplicity and control.’
Of course one of the key benefits of the previous Nest products is their ability to learn your heating schedule, and while the Thermostat E will also come with this feature it has a twist. The new model has a simpler pre-programmed schedule, which has been developed using data from Nest’s existing European customers to be the best fit for most people. It will continue to learn over time and still use smart features like True Radiant, adjusting heating accordingly for a more even temperature.
The Nest Thermostat E is available for pre-order in Europe for £199 and shipping by mid-October.
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