Considered one of the leaders in smart home technology, the ecobee SmartThermostat is one of the best on the market today. It was voted “Best All-Around Smart Thermostat” by experts, according to NBC News. The ecobee 4 SmartThermostat boasts some impressive features that set it apart from its previous iteration and its competitors. Namely, the thermostat has SmartSensor technology and built-in Alexa capabilities. Read on to see why the SmartThermostat is a staple for any smart home.
ecobee Highlights: New and Old
The Ecobee SmartThermostat maintains its energy efficiency with its Eco+ upgrade, while boasting two upgrades in the form of Alexa capabilities, and and included SmartSensor device.
1. Eco+ Features
Eco+ is a free upgrade to your SmartThermostat that intelligently improves energy efficiency and savings for your home. It consists of five features:
Feels like detects changes in your home’s humidity, and adjusts the temperature accordingly. This ensures that your home always feels like the desired temperature, regardless of moisture in the air.
The schedule assistant feature keeps track of you daily schedule and energy usage. If your schedule changes and one day you are home at an unusual time, it will suggest a new schedule, saving energy and maintaining your preferences when you are home.
Smart Home & Away
This feature tracks when you and your family are home or away, adjusting your settings accordingly. This way, you can save energy and money while you are out of the house, creating a more efficient smart home.
Time of Use
If, like many households, the price of your electricity fluctuates throughout the day, the SmartThermostat takes this into account when heating and cooling your home. It will adjust your home’s settings such that you are using the least amount of energy during peak hours. This helps your home, your wallet, and the environment.
Community Energy Savings
This feature will make slight adjustments in temperature in your home when energy is in high demand in your community. These small changes will make a big difference in your community, helping to relieve the burden on the energy grid.
2. ecobee SmartThermostat is Alexa-Enabled
The most obvious change to the Ecobee4 is the integration of Alexa. Now you can command your SmartThermostat in the same way you would any other Alexa-enabled device. Marketed as the “smartphone of thermostats,” it is no wonder that this device is advancing its capabilities to include Amazon’s assistant.
3. SmartSensors Included
Unlike the previous model, the SmartThermostat comes with one SmartSensor for your home, with the option to expand. The SmartSensor tracks your movement around your house, learning what rooms you frequent the most. It then strives to adjust your HVAC system according to your desired temperature. The SmartSensor technology has even been improved in recent years. With a 60 foot range, it can now detect motion across a wider field of view and is unlikely to disconnect from your thermostat. If one sensor isn’t enough to cover your home, don’t fret. Your SmartThermostat can support up to 32 of them!
The Bottom Line
The Ecobee SmartThermostat improves on the existing features of its previous version while managing to create a more integrated smart home device. The additions of Alexa capabilities and the inclusion of a SmartSensor make this so. For these three reasons, this device is a great addition to your smart home and will simplify your routine, ensure comfort at home, and slash your energy bill. The ecobee4 SmartThermostat is Hubsai compatible, along with many other leading smarthome devices. To learn more about the products we support, please visit Hubsai.com or download the Hubsai app on the App Store or Google Play.