It appears that the Ecobee 3 is a smart thermostat set to rival Googles’ Nest, and could possibly outdo it in terms of performance and energy saving capability.
The team at Ecobee have developed a smart home thermostat that not only controls the heating and cooling within your home, but uses sensors to adapt its output, saving you up to 23% on your electricity bills.
The difference between Nest and Ecobee 3 is in the information gathering. Nest uses weeks (or months) of tracking a user’s habits before adjusting the heating and cooling output. Ecobee 3, however, is able to start saving you money immediately and, once installed, immediately improves your homes HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) performance.
Its sensors can track movement, temperature and activity and will adjust the temperature accordingly. With up to 32 sensors able to be linked to the system, this means that even the largest of homes will benefit from this system. It’s very different to the thermostats that screw into one wall and monitor the house as a ‘whole’. Ecobee 3 recognises that different rooms are used in different ways, and at different times and its output reflects that.
Installation of the Eccobee 3 is easy. Out of the box, you’ll get the Ecobee 3 unit, in addition to a battery powered sensor. The system comes with a built in level, wiring labels and mounting hardware. There are online how-to videos that the team have put together to assist in installation, and a quick start guide to simplify the process further. All in all, it’s not a difficult process to have Ecobee 3 integrated into your home.
Ecobee 3 also has an app for anywhere access to the system. You can adjust the settings manually at any time from your smart phone or tablet, including changing the humidity levels, scheduling, temperature or activating holiday mode. The app is set up the same way as the interface on your at-home system, ensuring ease of use.
The Ecobee 3 is beautiful to look at with a 3.5” full colour LCD touch screen and streamline interface. The starter pack is available for pre-order for $249USD and set to start shipping on September 29th. Additional sensors can be purchased in packs of two for $79USD. So far they are only shipping to the USA and Canada, but we are hoping demand will encourage them to start sending some our way soon.