Nest Learning Thermostat learns a family’s schedule, preferences and is controllable from everywhere.

What do you get when you take three of Apple’s best engineers and ask them to make something for your house? You get the Nest Learning Thermostat.

When Tony Fadell, the leader of the team who made the first iPod and the first iPhone, built his house, his goal was to create a “green” environment for him and his family. A few insulated walls, solar panels and sustainable construction materials later, all he needed was a thermostat that was as intuitive as the products he designed for Apple.

But the problem was, there was none.

So Fadell, with some help from a few of his colleagues from Silicon Valley, came up with a plan to create a thermostat that learns a family’s schedule, preferences, is controllable from everywhere and can can lower their heating and cooling bills up to 20 percent. And thus, the Nest Learning Thermostat was born.

“Our mission is to keep people comfortable in their homes while helping them save energy, and with the next-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, we’re able to spread that comfort and savings to even more homes,” Fadell said in a press conference announcing the 2nd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat.

The new thermostat, which is 20 percent thinner than the original, is compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, and supports two-stage cooling, three-stage heating, emergency heat for heat pumps, as well as whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

There is a System Match feature in its software that activates custom features depending on the home’s system.

Dubbed “the iPod of thermostats” by some, Nest learns a household’s schedule and remembers it so that no one has to manually set and reset it at certain hours of the day. With Early-On, Nest will start heating or cooling early so it’ll be 72ºF when your alarm rings at 6:00 AM.

The Nest Learning Thermostat also has a feature called Auto-Away that allows the system to turn to an energy-saver Away temperature when no one is in the house. And no worries if you forget to set it to “Away” when you leave, nest can be controlled from any iPhone or Android product.

“It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. hadn’t kept up with advancements in technology and design,” said Fadell. “Together with the team, Co-Founder Matt Rogers and I set out to reinvent the thermostat using advanced technologies, high-quality manufacturing processes and the thoughtful design elements the iPhone generation has come to expect. The resulting Nest Learning Thermostat is like no other thermostat on the market. We hope it will not only save money and energy, but that it will teach and inspire people to think more about how they can reduce home energy consumption.”

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