Ecobee Smart Thermostat Review: Pros & Cons Pros: • Easy to set up and use. • Can monitor temperature from anywhere in your home or office. • Can schedule the heating/cooling according to your needs. • You don’t need any special skills to operate it. • It’s very quiet when running at full power (it doesn’t make noise like other thermostats). • Has a built-in microphone so you can speak into it if needed. • It’s easy to read the time from the screen. • Has a battery life of 3 years. • Comes with a remote control. Cons: • The app isn’t available for iOS devices yet. So you’ll still need to download it from Apple Store or Google Play store before using it. • It only supports one room at a time. You can’t check the status of all your rooms simultaneously. • It’s not compatible with Nest thermostat. • You won’t get notifications if there are problems with the system (like low battery) because they’re not integrated yet.
The DO’s and DON’T of the Best ecobee Thermostats
Trying to find the best ecobee thermostats for your home is a huge challenge. There are plenty of them out there designed to help you save on energy costs and keep your home at an optimal temperature. However, not all of them are worth the money. Some of them have flaws or don’t work at all. If you’re trying to find the best one, you need to consider a few things first before buying.
Some questions to ask yourself include: What do you need it for?
Do you just want something that will lower the temperature when you’re not at home, or are you looking to build a smart home? How many zones do you need it to control and how big is the house?
(A zone can be a separate room or area, like the living room and bedroom. The larger the house, the more zones you’re going to have to set up and pay for.)
What other smart devices do you have in your home? Is it compatible with others or do you need one that is? For example, if you have a smart lock do you need a thermostat that can connect to Alexa or Google Assistant so you can control it with your voice? How important is the design to you? Do you want it to be on display or hidden away?
Do you want a dial or touchscreen? What about a digital display or analog?
Do you want something with extra features like an air filter or humidifier?
Different homes have different needs when it comes to heating and cooling them. No one thermostat can meet everyone’s expectations. That’s why ecobee has a number of different models with various features for different types of homes. Below are the four main models available for purchase:
Ecobee3 Lite The lite version of the Ecobee3 comes with most of the main features, but doesn’t have some of the more advanced settings. It’s also not supported by Alexa or IFTTT. Due to this, it’s one of the cheapest Ecobee options out there right now. If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use thermostat that works with most types of HVAC systems, then the Ecobee3 Lite is a good choice.
Ecobee3 The standard version of the Ecobee3 comes with all of the advanced features and can be used with most types of HVAC systems. It’s also supported by Alexa and IFTTT. The price is a little bit higher than the lite version, but it’s definitely worth the investment if you’re looking for something with more features.
Ecobee4 The Ecobee4 has the same features as the Ecobee3, but it’s an updated model that’s quite a bit smarter than the previous ones. It works with more HVAC systems and also comes with a built-in sensor so you can save even more on your energy bills. It’s also packed with even more sensors so it can adjust the temperature even more accurately. Due to this, it has a higher price point than the other two Ecobee models, but if you want something that’s going to last and save you even more money in the long run, this is the model to buy.
Features Ecobee3 Lite Ecobee3 Ecobee4 Connect Supported Not Supported Supported Alexa Not Supported Supported Supported IFTTT Not Supported Supported Supported Display None LCD Touchscreen Color Touchscreen Air Sensors Not Included 1 Internal Sensor & 1 External Sensor 2 Internal & 2 External Sensors Humidity Sensors Not Included No Yes Operating Temperature Range Down to 0°F Up to 140°F Up to 140°F Acoustics Low Medium/High High Easy Installation Yes Yes Yes Battery Backup No Yes Yes Dimensions 2.2″ H x 13.8″ W x 3.9″ D 2.2″ H x 13.8″ W x 3.9″ D 2.2″ H x 13.8″ W x 3.
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