\r\n\r\nThis will solve those heating and cooling woes.\r\n\r\nIt's been less than a years since ex-Apple employees launched the Nest thermostat, and they're already launching a second iteration of the device. \u00a0Suffice to say the Apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, even after they leave the proverbial Nest (puns intended). Compare this thermostat with our review of Enphase energy's Environ Smart thermostat (monitors your solar energy) before you make the purchase.\r\n\r\nThe next gen Nest is 20% slimmer than the first and has been finished with a shiny chrome facade to better reflect your home's interior. \u00a0Hopefully this result in it fitting in a bit more seamlessly. \u00a0Nevertheless, the second gen Nest continues to learn and monitor your usage using a variety of sensors, and ultimately reduce your heating and cooling cost amongst the respective months.\r\n\r\nIn addition to being smaller and more shiny, Nest Labs has upgraded the software to 3.0 (first gen owners will have access to this as well), making it compatible with\u00a095 percent of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. \u00a0 In addition to that, the Nest can now control non-forced air systems, such as radiators, and with that better schedule cooling and heating cycles.\r\nEarly-On: For forced air systems, get the temperature you want when you want it. If your schedule says 72\u00baF at 6:00 AM, Early-On will start heating or cooling early so it\u2019ll be 72\u00baF when your alarm rings at 6:00 AM. Nest also calculates the health of your system\u2019s air filter \u2013 based on system runtime \u2013 and reminds you to change it when needed to maintain efficiency.\r\n\r\nTrue Radiant: No more turning on the radiant heat at 4:00 AM so you can be warm by morning. True Radiant delivers predictable comfort with all the energy savings you expect from a radiant system.\r\n\r\nHeat Pump Balance: Nest's exclusive Heat Pump Balance feature optimizes how often you need to use expensive auxiliary (AUX) heat. Just choose whether you want more comfort or more savings, and Heat Pump Balance will automatically adjust when AUX heat comes on.\r\nAnd for those that own an Android tablet, the Nest now supports the Google mobile OS, including the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7.\r\n\r\nThe second generation Nest is available for preorder for $249. \u00a0It will ship to customers sometime in mid-October. \u00a0That's a $20 premium over the original Nest, which is still on sale.