Nest introduces $39 temperature sensor, ships in April
Room-specific temperature controlBy Shawn Knight
Working from home, I spend most of my time locked away in the office. Not literally, of course, but I do keep the door closed for much of the day to keep the overly affectionate cats off my desk. For whatever reason, they love to stand in front of the keyboard and use my monitor's screen as a makeshift scratching post.
This creates an imbalance as I'm either heating or cooling the entire house just to get the desired temperature I want in the office. As such, I find myself frequently adjusting the thermostat. I've got a Nest already but it's on the other side of the house and given my situation, its "learning" features aren't as useful as they were at my previous residence.
Nest's latest product, however, could solve all of my woes.
The Nest Temperature Sensor is exactly as it sounds - a remote temperature sensor that can be placed in any room in your house. Instead of reading the current temperature from your Nest thermostat (again, mine is on the other side of the house), it gathers temperature data from the sensor (which would be placed in my office) and adjusts the thermostat accordingly. It essentially helps you maintain a desired temperature in a given room where you might spend most of your time.
Nest's new sensor works with the company's third generation learning thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E. You can even put sensors in different rooms and choose which rooms to prioritize. It can be attached to the wall, placed on a bookshelf or seemingly even carried around from room to room (although that sounds like a bit of a hassle). Each sensor (you can pair up to six with a single thermostat) can be positioned up to 50 feet away from your thermostat.
The only shortcoming I see is that it doesn't work with first or second generation Nest units. There are competing products already on the market (Ecobee makes one, for example) but if you're already invested in Nest's ecosystem, this looks like a solid option.
The Nest Temperature Sensor is available to pre-order from today. A single sensor will set you back $39 or you can get a three-pack for $99, a savings of $18.