Nest Temperature Sensor enables tailored heating and cooling control

Nest Temperature Sensor (right) pictured with Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.
Nest Temperature Sensor (right) pictured with Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.

Filling a noticeable gap in their smart thermostat line, Nest Labs has announced the launch of the Nest Temperature Sensor, a remote sensor that works with the Silicon Valley company’s 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E. The entirely wireless sensor is a diminutive 1.9 inches in diameter and powered by a replaceable CR2 lithium wafer battery, enabling easy placement anywhere in the home within the Bluetooth Low Energy range (up to 50 feet) of a compatible Nest thermostat.

Remote temperature sensors such as these can be used to relay remote temperature readings from a specific room or location so that homeowners can better tailor the operation of their heating and cooling system for maximum comfort—particularly where thermostats are mounted in out-of-the-way locations or in less-lived-in areas of the home. Smart thermostat competitors to Nest, such as ecobee and Honeywell, have offered similar remote sensors for several years.

Measuring a diminutive 1.9 inches in dismater, the Nest Temperature Sensor is entirely wireless and adds remote temperature control to homes equipped with the 3rd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.
Measuring a diminutive 1.9 inches in diameter, the Nest Temperature Sensor is entirely wireless and adds remote temperature monitoring capability to homes equipped with the 3rd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.

The Nest Temperature Sensor will of course be well integrated into the Nest app. The company says each connected thermostat can support up to 6 remote sensors, and they can accommodate up to 18 total sensors in homes equipped with multiple thermostats and zones. That range of flexibility should make these sensors a good option for homeowners wanting to add a high degree of fine-tuning capability to their Nest systems.

For homeowners with the 1st and 2nd generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat, they are unfortunately out of luck unless a third-party manufacturer decides to produce a sensor that works with these older thermostats as part of the Works with Nest integration program.

The Nest Temperature Sensor will retail for $39, and retailers are expected to offer multi-packs which may bring down the cost somewhat. Nest will also offer thermostat and sensor bundles on their website, offering savings of $10 and $20, respectively, off Nest Thermostat E or Nest Learning Thermostat bundles.

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