I'm going to be honest with you guys: I honestly never though the "learning thermostat" thing would actually be a...thing. A thing that people cared about; a thing that anyone wanted (outside of a select few, anyway). But I was wrong about that. Tons of people have Nest Thermostats, and tons of people love them.

Today, Nest announced the third generation of its well-received thermostat. It's not a massive upgrade over the previous generation, but there are definitely some decent improvements along for the ride this go. For starters, it's thinner, and the display is larger, giving it a more refined, high-end look. It also has a new feature called "Farsight," which lights the display up when you walk into the room, making it easy to see from a distance...hence the name Farsight. You can choose to see either the temperature, a digital clock face, or an analog clock.

It's not all aesthetic, though - it's got more temperature sensors this time around, as well. Basically, this means it's more accurate than ever before, making it even better at what it's designed to do: learn. Along with improved accuracy, the third-gen Nest Thermostat will also monitor furnace shutoff patterns in order to detect anything out of the ordinary. If something is going awry with your heating or cooling system, then a notification will show up on the Nest's display, as well as on your connected phone or tablet. This update will also be available to first and second-gen units later this year.

The new Nest Thermostat is available starting now for $249 on Nest.comAmazon, and BestBuy.com.

The app has now been updated with third generation features. Grab it below.

What's New
New for Nest Thermostat
- Support added for new 3rd Gen Nest Thermostat
- "Furnace Heads-up": Nest notifies you when your furnace isn’t working as expected so you can fix it quickly
- Visual improvements to installation instructions
- Improvements to heating and cooling schedules
- Contact information added for Nest Thermostat professional installers
Bug fixes to improve Nest Cam's speed and stability