April 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM ET
Summer is inbound, at least for those in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes big temperature swings, humidity, and other problems. The Nest smart thermostat ($249) is getting ready with a few new features that should keep your home cool and dry.
First, the Nest will now use its light sensor to detect when it is in direct sunlight and adjust its readings accordingly. Sun can throw off a thermostat's readings and cause the air conditioning to run amok, but the new Sunblock features should prevent that from happening.
Fan-lovers will be happy to hear that new advanced fan controls are coming as well: Turn on the fan just for a few minutes every hour to circulate the air, or have them run all night for a cool breeze.
In extremely humid areas vulnerable to mold, the Nest will now run the A/C to dry things up a little. Nobody likes coming home to a muggy house. The mobile app will also now let you know when you need to change a filter or if something isn't working correctly.
Lastly, the "Auto-Tune" feature was recently updated to make special summer allowances, avoiding running energy-intensive appliances during peak hours and so on.
No need to install anything — if your Nest is connected to your Wi-Fi, it should update itself on its own. More details on the features and instructions on activating them are at the blog post announcing the update.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.