ecobee ecobee3 Programmable Touch-Screen Wi-Fi Thermostat: Maintain a comfortable home with this programmable thermostat, which is Apple® HomeKit-enabled, so you can control the temperature remotely using your compatible device. Home IQ helps you conserve energy.
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Works with conventional (2H/2C), heat pump (4H/2C), gas, oil, electric and dual fuel, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilators, HRV and ERV.
Connects to your existing home network
Convenient Wi-Fi capabilities offer a secure and reliable connection.
Control your ecobee3 with voice using Siri and set up scenes to control multiple enabled devices. For example, say "Siri, time for bed" to lower your thermostat and turn off your smart lights. (Requires iOS 8.1 or later)
Customize your comfort levels around the house
Remote sensors track temperature and proximity to address hot and cool spots, regulating temperatures in occupied rooms and reducing energy usage when no one is at home (1 remote sensor included).
Track your energy usage
HomeIQ shows your energy savings and provides tips to help you conserve power.
3.5" color LCD touch screen
Adjust the temperature from 45° to 92° and track humidity levels from 20% to 90% RH.
Helps you plan your day and automatically adjusts to accommodate ever-changing conditions.
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Best Smart Thermostat on the Market
Posted by: KenS from: on
NOTE: (This review is for the non-HomeKit-Enabled Ecobee3, which is exactly the same as the HomeKit-Enabled one except for the HomeKit functionality).
I really believe this is the best thermostat on the market, for a number of reasons.
1) This is the biggie: External sensors! You can place multiple external sensors around the house so that the Ecobee3 (E3) knows that the temperature is in different parts of the house. Now, the E3 doesn't do zoning, meaning it can't selectively heat/cool different parts of the house, but it can *average* the temperature across multiple sensors to try to "even out" comfort across your home, instead of only "caring" about the temperature where the thermostat is. Now, these little external sensors ALSO have another feature: occupancy detection! Which brings me to the next feature:
2) "Follow Me": So, since the E3 knows both the temperature in other parts of the house AND if someone is present, it can dynamically "care" about the temperature only in rooms that have recently seen occupancy! So, if you enter a room and start moving around, the E3 begins to "care" about the temp on that sensor and includes that sensor in the "average" temp of the house. And if a sensor hasn't seen movement in a while, it will stop caring about that sensor's temp. This is the "Follow Me" feature. (PS - This feature is disabled for the "Sleep" comfort profile because no one will be moving around the house while they're sleeping)
3) "Smart Home/Away": This feature also uses the occupancy detection feature of the sensors (and E3 itself). If the E3 and all of the sensors haven't seen occupancy in a few hours, the E3 can assume no one is home and enter "Away" mode even when the E3's schedule is telling it you should be home (like after work, or in the morning, etc). So if you unexpectedly leave and it's not part of your usual schedule, the E3 can adapt. The reverse is also true: If the E3 or sensors sees a bunch of occupancy happening when you're supposed to be in "Away" mode, it'll switch back to "Home" mode. (PS - This feature is disabled for the "Sleep" comfort profile because no one will be moving around the house while they're sleeping)
3) "Care" About Different Sensors Per-Comfort-Profile: Why would you care what temperature it is in your living room when you're sleeping upstairs at night? Answer: You don't! So the E3 lets you set which external sensors to "care" about depending on what comfort profile is being used. For instance, at night I tell the E3 to only "care" about the temperature in our 3 bedrooms and to ignore the rest of the house/sensors. So it's always the temp I want for sleeping at night.
4) Accessory/Humidifier control: The E3 can run an accessory piece of equipment, like a dehumidifier, humidifier, or whole house ventilator. I have mine hooked up to my humidifier (whole-house one on the side of the furnace ductwork). So the E3 uses the humidistat inside of it instead of the "dumb dial" humidistat near your furnace to decide when to turn on the humidifier during heating season. Now, one awesome thing about letting the E3 control your humidifier is that you can do "frost control" functionality WITHOUT an external temp sensor sticking out of the side of your house!
Frost control is where the humidifier doesn't run as often when it's *really* cold outside, as some houses get frost on the inside of windows/window frames when the humidity is at a "normal" level. More modern humidifiers allow you drill a small hole in the side of your house and stick a little temp probe out the hole. This means the thermostat can automatically "dial back" the humidity when it's super-cold so you don't get window frost. BUT, because the E3 is internet-connected, it KNOWS the temp outside without a temp probe! So you don't have to install a temp probe and get the same benefit of frost reduction. Awesome!
5) Super-Granular Control: This thing has so many controls for minor things, it's awesome (although default settings work just fine if you want to plug-and-play). Partial list I can think of off the top of my head:
--Control minimum rest period between A/C cycles (to protect A/C compressor from damage)
--Control minimum outdoor temp that A/C will run at (to protect A/C compressor from damage)
--Allow A/C to "overcool" house by a degree or two to reduce excess humidity (adjustable)
--Set amount of time blower fan will run after A/C turns off (to clear ducts of cold air)
--Set a minimum amount of time the blower fan will run each hour (to circulate air in the home if the A/C or heat hasn't run recently)
--A ton of other things I can't remember
6) Amazing Web Reports: On the Ecobee website, you can see a huge plethora of reports related to your energy use.
--You can see a timeline graph of when heat/cooling/humidifier/blower were running along with the "calculated" indoor temp, outdoor temp, etc so you can see the activity for the previous day.
--You can see a "heating/cooling hours vs outdoor temp" graph (per day) so you can see the effect of the outdoor temp on how much you run heat/cool.
--You can download a spreadsheet of data with 5-minute granularity (up to a month at a time) that shows the status of EVERYTHING: blower/heat/cool/humidifier on/off, temperature of each sensor, occupancy of each sensor, outdoor temp, outdoor humidity, indoor temp, indoor humidity, etc. I easily used this data to determine exactly how much electricity I used on HVAC last month (blower+A/C compressor+A/C compressor fan run times * amps * voltage = watt hours).
Anyway, this thing absolutely blows my mind. Nerd paradise, yet would work fine with ZERO configuration.
Oh, AND it has an IFTTT (If This, Then That) channel so you can make the E3 change temperature profiles, home/away/etc profiles, via IFTTT triggers.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Ecobee3 is in the House!
Posted by: smarthur from: on
The announcement of the Generation 3 Nest caused me to reevaluate my thermostat options. I already had spent a year with the Generation 2 Nest which was OK but I wondered about other thermostats and their feature sets. So I started looking at the Ecobee3. In the end I switched to the ecobee3.
Just some of the reasons that made me switch.
-Ecobee’s remote room temperature and occupancy sensors.
-Ecobee’s display which shows the room temperature, outside weather and the HVAC temperature setting. The largest number you see from across the room is the current room temperature.
-more user control over your HVAC programming. I think the Nest is designed to be as automated as possible. Nest calls it "the self learning thermostat." I actually turned off that feature in the Nest and kept my user programmed schedule. The Ecobee is just fine with it's user set up programming.
-support for Apple’s HomeKit. Which means if you have iOS 9 you can tell Siri the change settings on the Ecobee3. Or ask what the temperature is in your home. Siri will even tell you what temperature the remote sensors are reading.
In addition to smartphone apps Ecobee has a nice web interface for programming and checking your home temperature. Plus a much more detailed HVAC usage stats.
Probably my only complaint is how the fan is programmed. You can only set it to come on and off all day long for various interval times. I’d like to to run it on a timer.
And I wish the plastic on the main display was a bit more of a matte finish. It's a shiny plastic and the reflections can hamper seeing the reading from further away. The display is just fine when you're standing in front of it.
I’d say the Gen 3 Nest is still a sexier looking gadget. But in the end it’s function over form and the Ecobee3 is heavy on function so I chose the Ecobee3.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Brilliant thermostat for Heat Pump users
Posted by: ABoyAndHisJeep from: on
Ecobee3 is by far the most advanced smart thermostat for Heat Pump users. It is suited for the novice that wants a simple smart thermostat as well as the more "power user" who wants to tweak the settings or interface with things like IFTTT.
I have a pair of 2-ton Goodman heat pumps and started out with Nest thermostats. It was quickly apparent that the Nest's do not know how to efficiently utilize heat pumps. I returned my 2 nests and shelled out the extra $100 for the pair of Ecobee3's (Nest was running a special a the time in Dec '14). While there was a bit more setup for the Ecobee than the Nest (but no more than a typical programmable thermostat) but well justified in the benefits. The remote sensors help to overcome slightly cooler/warmer rooms or in my case where the thermostat itself is in a non-living room (a hallway to upstairs) allowing for the HVAC to heat/cool to a comfortable temperature in our living room and kitchen (done by turning off the thermostat sensor and only using the remote sensor temperature).
The interface is beautiful, intuitive, and responsive. All the menus are easy to navigate and allow for easy access to the simple settings as well as the more technical settings. The main screen gives a clear picture of the current status of the thermostat as well as quick access to current and forecast weather for your area.
The web portal is brilliant, fantastic graphs and assessment of your houses efficiency compared to houses in your area. For those that are data inclined, all the data from the thermostats can be exported into CSV format for additional analytics.
I have a Android phone so cannot comment on the iPhone app but the app I have is well designed, responsive and has all the features needed (including vacation settings, fan settings, schedule edits, sensor temps, sensor inclusion in comfort settings)
The feedback loop into the development community is good and you can see previous requests for enhancements/features being fulfilled. There is also a good community to ask questions and learn about your thermostat (https://ecobee.influitive.com/) as well as 3rd party communities (http://www.smarthomehub.net).
As far as support, Ecobee has a very intelligent and responsive set of technical resources to help with setup, settings, and any issue. I've contact support twice, both related to understanding how the E3 was working and not for poor performance. Both times my questions were answered and the support team knowledgeable and courteous.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Easy Setup/Easy to Use
Posted by: skeets from: on
I was able to install this thermostat in about 45 minutes. Complicated slightly by the fact that I don't have 24v power at the thermostat but they supply an adapter with the kit to get this to work. I really like the remote sensors which detect areas of the house that are being used (or not used). Of course it can't send heating or cooling to just those areas, but it uses them to judge a better overall house temperature. One of the remote sensors did not work right but their customer service was great and they replaced it without any question. Their iPhone app looks exactly like the thermostat itself, so if you know how to use one, using the other is identical. Very nice user interface.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: charettepa from: on
Excellent thermostat. More refined control than with Nest. With only 1 exception bot hopefully that will be addressed.
The Main display actually displays current temperature in Large as opposed to Nest which shows the set temperature.
Other than refined settings, what really sets it apart is the remote sensors which allow for more accurate desired Temperature.
I also hear that ecobee actually listens to their clients and implements features and enhancements requested.
overall very happy with the ecobee
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Much more than a programmable thermostat
Posted by: ecobee3 from: on
This thermostat is very easy to install and set up. The HVAC contractor that installed new furnace and AC units for us recently even commented that it is the easiest one he has seen to configure. The ecobee3 is capable of controlling multi-stage systems while taking into consideration outside temperature. It also learns how long it takes to heat and cool the house and predicts when it needs to run to meet your schedule. The main reason I chose the ecobee3 is its use of remote sensors to average the temperatures for the rooms that are occupied and to ignore the rooms that are unoccupied. And if it senses that none of the rooms are occupied it automatically adjusts the temperature to an "away setting".
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Ecobee3 HomeKit enabled
Posted by: hjcolon from: on
The Ecobee3 is great. It has many features and it allows for total control from just about anywhere. It gives you the ability to password control it, so no one can alter your settings. Super easy to install (I did it on my own) and it took less than 5 min. to do so. Customer service is also great and walked me thru one of the wire placements. It's app is easy to work and is super convenient. It also gives you a break down of when the Air/heater is working the hardest and when it is not. The sensors add another level of control for activity or inactivity in the house. It' also HomeKit enabled.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: CTAbruce from: on
Just installed the ecobee3 10/20/2015. Been doing a lot of receach on smart thermostats (online) for a few months. I had a hunter 44550 for years worked good but I wanted to be able to change setting on the go and have the system know when I was home or not. I wanted to heat our family room better with out buying heaters. And cool the upstairs rooms with out freezing us out in the faimly room. When I seen the remote sensors in ecobee3 I fell in love. Not to mention Comed Electric company gave me $100 and Nicor Gas gave me $20 rebates. Our thermostat is located in the stair hallway leading up yo the Third floor. We spend most of our time down in the family room located on ground level. It's always cool down there so I figured with the remote sensor this will fix that problem.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Really liking the Ecobee3
Posted by: MightySP from: on
We've had this thermostat for nearly a month now and are very happy with it. While the remote sensors are nice, we only have a single heat pump/furnace so it doesn't really benefit us. However, the app and the web interface for the Ecobee3 are very nice and provide a lot of useful functionality when you cannot walk up to unit to make adjustments directly. Additionally, the system promises to report lots of metrics, although many of them will not appear until after the unit has been in use for one year.
We looked at the Nest as well, but I preferred this one (a) because it had a real solution for systems that do not have a 'C' wire installed already (and it was surprisingly easy to use) and (b) we like the aesthetics of this better than the Nest. No regrets at this point - we'll see how it works in the long run. Because of the web interface programming this thermostat is much easier than the older thermostat that we had.
As an added benefit, a new version of the App has been released that is supposed to provide geofencing capabilities. I'm not sure if this is a feature that my family will take advantage of, but it certainly will be a useful if not critical feature for other people.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
It's a no-brainer!
Posted by: vphung from: San Diego, CA on
Best thermostat on the market. Remote sensors make this a must buy over the Nest. Customer support is also excellent and quick. Easy to install.