Smart thermostat company Ecobee puts the “smart” in “smart thermostat” in its latest offering. The new Ecobee smart thermostat does what many smart thermostats don’t do.
First, let’s take a look at basic thermostats. They’re a part of home life: without them, we’d be cold in the Fall, hot in the Summer and Spring, and our overall home temperature (s) would be incompatible with each season as it comes. In other words, we’d have a lot more sickness and doctor’s visits and bills than we care to have.
So, thermostats are beneficial to us. However, did you know that even thermostats are becoming smarter these days? Phones aren’t the only ones bearing the “smart” label, despite their popularity over home automation accessories and materials these days.
Most smart thermostats allow you to set and dictate in advance what temperature you’d like to have in your home on a regular basis, but most smart thermostats currently only allow you to dictate the temperature in one room. With that said, you can dictate that your living room temperature be set to something warm for the Fall season, but you’re likely to freeze in another room if you’re there instead of the pre-set room, for example. Wouldn’t it be nice if smart thermostats could do more than dictate the temperature for one room in the home, but could know which room you’re in and adjust the temperature – no matter the room?
Ecobee’s smart thermostat does that. Dubbed the Ecobee3, It’s a 3.5-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi thermostat that provides remote sensors that can determine what room you’re in at different times of the day. The Ecobee3 smart thermostat also knows that most individuals sleep between the hours of 11:30pm and 6:00am and knows how to alter the temperature to fit your bedtime needs (say, more heat at night when you’re in bed) than during the day, when you’re up and moving.
The Ecobee3 smart thermostat also knows when you’re away from your home so that it works to conserve your heat/AC and thus, helps put money back into your pocket. The Ecobee3 will, of course, require some money to gain access to its abilities, but who couldn’t save money each month over the life of the device?
As for controlling your Ecobee3 smart thermostat when on the go, have no fear: the smart thermostat is also controllable from your smartphone and tablet. Just download the Ecobee residential mobile app and use it to modify your room temperature, humidity level, as well as view the weather for the day and week.
We could tell you that it’s environmentally-friendly, but you figured that out from the thermostat’s name, right (Eco-bee)?
The Ecobee3 smart thermostat will cost $249 and feature one sensor, but you can purchase up to 32 sensors (max) for the Ecobee3. The additional sensors, as you may have surmised, will cost extra — $79 per additional sensor. The Ecobee3 will only hold up to 32 sensors that can work for as many as 32 rooms in your home. The Ecobee3 ships on September 29.
The Nest thermostat may be smart, but it doesn’t provide the 32-room functionality of the Ecobee3 smart thermostat.