The ecobee Smart Pro is a one of a kind thermostat featuring the latest voice assistant technology from Amazon. This is the PRO model which carries a 5 year warranty and is not sold online.
Hands-free calling with Alexa
Call your friends and family anywhere in North America free of charge from your SmartThermostat. That isn’t a misprint. Give this surprising, and useful feature a try. Start by saying, “Alexa, call Aunt Jane.”
Play your tunes with Spotify Connect
Use your voice to play and control your favorite songs, playlists and podcasts. Enjoy crystal-clear sound with the completely reengineered speaker.
Use your voice like a remote control
Enjoy effortless control of your ecobee thermostat and other smart devices with the Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT, and access to over 50,000 Alexa skills on your smart thermostat.
Stream music to your smart speaker
Pair your ecobee thermostat with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker for room-shaking sound. The best part? Hands-free voice control. Just say, “Alexa, play some hits.”
State-of-the-art SmartSensor (1 included) detects both temperature and occupancy to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter the most.
Enhanced Energy Savings
Intelligent features for comfort when you’re home and savings when you’re away. Saving up to 23% annually on your heating and cooling costs.
Connect your ecobee thermostat to your Brilliant Control to control your home’s climate using touch, voice (Alexa), and scenes. With the Brilliant mobile app, you can also control your home’s climate from anywhere.
Connect your ecobee thermostat to your Brilliant Control to control your home’s climate using touch, voice (Alexa), and scenes. With the Brilliant mobile app, you can also control your home’s climate from anywhere.
Supports these devices and more:
- Control your thermostat temperature
- Create scenes that include climate control
- Adjust the temperature before you arrive home with the Brilliant mobile app
- Ask Alexa on Brilliant to adjust the climate on your ecobee devices
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How it Works
- Install your Brilliant Control and complete setup
- Ensure that your ecobee thermostat(s) are setup on the ecobee mobile app
- Tap ADD DEVICE on the bottom tray of the Home Screen
- Select ECOBEE and follow instructions to sign into your ecobee account to connect your devices
- Once connected, you can control your climate on screens such as HOME, CLIMATE, SCENES and the Brilliant mobile app
- Create scenes like HOME and AWAY to include a scene action with your ecobee thermostat
- Add the ecobee Alexa Skill to control climate via Alexa
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Looking to upgrade your thermostat before the long, cold winter months take hold? You've got plenty of clever options to choose from that will keep you cozy—and with added conveniences, like voice control, scheduling and more.
Below, our top picks for smart thermostats.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The grandfather of high-tech home heating systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat, is like an additional family member—but one that provides warmth and doesn't eat. What makes the Nest like your newest (and possibly favorite) child? The Wi-Fi connected wall-hanging device lives among you and learns the flow of your household, your daily routine, and combines that with external information (like, the weather) to develop an automated, and optimized, heating plan that will keep you comfortable and keep costs down. Of course, if you wish to override all the Nest's nifty features, you can do that too, controlling your home's heating and cooling via app or voice control.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is available for $249.
Ecobee SmartThermostat With Voice Control
The Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control is a clever heating system you can have a conversation with. Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT, you can command your Ecobee however you please and from whatever smart-home ecosystem you have in place. That is, if you want to command your Ecobee at all. Like its Nest counterpart, the Ecobee is an adaptive thermostat, meaning it comes to learn the times of day you like to heat your home—and at what temperatures—and will automatically adjust the climate as needed. But that's not the end of Ecobee's cleverness. The device can also detect when a window is open and will automatically cut the heat (or AC) and send homeowners an alert about the turn of events.
The Ecobee Smart Thermostat with voice control is available for $249.
Amazon Smart Thermostat
Fans of the Alexa smart-home ecosystem should take a look at the Amazon Smart Thermostat, a more frugal option that requires other Alexa-enabled devices to take full advantage of its many features. This wall-hanging thermostat offers users a scheduling system to control their home’s climate throughout the day, as well as a handful of simple phrases like “Alexa, goodnight” or “Alexa, I’m leaving,” to give the system the cue to ramp down the heating or cooling. The device is also equipped with a Thermostat Hunches system that works off of recent interactions with Alexa to determine if the home needs to be heated. Haven't talked to Alexa in a bit? The Amazon Thermostat will guess that you are away from home (or asleep) and adjust the temperature accordingly, potentially saving homeowners on their heating bill.
Yes, all Ecobee thermostats work with Alexa, including the ecobee 4, ecobee 3 and ecobee 3 lite. We teach you how to connect your ecobee thermostat to alexa below.
When you connect your ecobee to alexa it will allow you to control your ecobee thermostat with voice commands. It’s truly luxurious to be laying in bed and tell alexa to turn up the heat from your bed on a cold winter day or turn up the AC in the blistering heat of summer. I’ve had my smart thermostat connected to alexa for years and use voice commands to control my heating and cooling for maximum comfort everyday.
Does Ecobee Work With Alexa?: Our Favorite Ecobee Thermostat
We love the ecobee 4 thermostat because it is one of the most advanced smart thermostats on the market and it includes a room temperature sensor with the initial purchase which is an extra add on for the competing nest thermostat.
Ecobee 4 allows you to control your thermostat from your phone, set schedules, use the auto away feature to save money and remotely monitor the temperature of other rooms through it’s temperature sensor. But the most advanced feature of the ecobee 4 is that has amazon alexa built in. The ecobee 4 has an amazon alexa speaker and microphone directly built into the thermostat. This means that you can use amazon alexa voice commands to control your ecobee 4 thermostat without even needing another alexa device if you are in the same room. It still allows alexa voice command control through any other alexa device but the built in alexa functionality is what really sets the ecobee 4 apart from the other ecobee thermostats in the lineup.
The ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control enhances how you experience comfort. With a state-of-the-art SmartSensor with temperature and occupancy detection, built-in Amazon Alexa and an intuitive smartphone app, ecobee delivers a new level of control over your comfort and your home. eco+ learns and recommends changes to your thermostat settings for enhanced comfort when you’re home and increased energy savings while you’re away. With a crisp glass finish, vivid touch display, powerful quad-core processor, dual-band WiFi, and far-field voice detection, it’s a smart thermostat like no other.
In order to receive the instant rebate on smart thermostats your home’s primary heating source must be natural gas or electricity. Homes heated by propane, fuel oil, or a geothermal heat pump are not eligible.
Last chance sale for this model while supplies last
Manufacturer Model: ecobee EB-STATE5-01
Display: 3.5” full-color touch screen LCD, 320 x 480 pixel display
Product Dimensions: 4.29″ x 4.29″ x 1″
Voice and audio: Built-In Microphones; Built-In Speaker; Far-Field Voice Recognition
Thermostat Sensors: Temperature; Humidity; Proximity; Occupancy
Temperature range: Display: 40°F to 100°F; Operating: 32°F to 130°F
Warranty: 3 years
ENERGY STAR® certified
Enhanced Energy Savings: save up to 23 percent annually on your heating and cooling costs with this ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat.
Advanced Home Control: control your Smart Thermostat from anywhere using Android or iOS devices. It is integrated with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
Built-in Alexa: use Alexa to control your Smart Thermostat and call or connect with other smart devices in your home.
Personalized savings with eco+: learns and recommends changes to your routine for comfort when you’re home and reduced energy use when you’re away. eco+ comes ready to use out of the box, and intelligently precools and preheats your home when electricity is less expensive.
SmartSensor delivers comfort where you need it: works with your SmartThermostat to target comfort to the rooms that matter most, like your bedroom, nursery or home office. SmartSensor detects occupancy to deliver comfort when you’re home, save energy when you’re away, and adjust temperature in rooms that are in use.
Acts as a multi-room speaker: With Bluetooth wireless technology built in, SmartThermostat is made for music. The enhanced voice control supports Spotify Connect, so you can listen to your favourite playlists and podcasts through your thermostat’s speakers. ecobee has embedded microphones with far-field voice recognition so you can play music simultaneously between all your multi-room compatible speakers.
Smart Home & Away: if the Smart Thermostat detects you are home during your scheduled Away period, or vice versa, it will automatically override of your schedule to maximize comfort and savings.
Alerts & Reminders: ecobee continuously monitors your equipment performance and will alert you of any abnormalities. Ecobee can provide free energy reports that include insight into your home performance and how to improve it. ecobee SmartSensor
Named “Best Overall Smart Thermostat” by Tom’s Guide and CNET: ecobee’s SmartThermostat not only enhances comfort and increases savings, it also has award-winning functionalities and a premium design. With a crisp glass finish and vivid touch display that illuminates when you approach, SmartThermostat brings a sleek look to your home.
The all-new ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control enhances how you experience comfort. With a state-of-the-art SmartSensor with temperature and occupancy detection , built-in Amazon Alexa and an intuitive smartphone app, ecobee delivers a new level of control over your comfort and your home. With a crisp glass finish, vivid touch display, powerful quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and far-field voice detection, it’s a smart thermostat like no other.
Use Alexa to control your ecobee SmartThermostat and call or connect to other smart devices — all with the power of your voice. Ask Alexa to do things like: set the temperature, read the news, set a timer, and more. Pair with a Bluetooth speaker for the ultimate audio experience.
Enhanced energy savings
By reducing wasted energy in your home, you could save up to 23 percent annually on your heating and cooling costs*. The ecobee SmartThermostat is ENERGY STAR® certified, which means that it meets the energy efficiency requirements set forth by the EPA. *For more information, visit ecobee.com/savings
Advanced Home Control
Control your ecobee from anywhere using your Android or iOS devices, including Apple Watch. Integrates perfectly with your favorite smart home systems including the Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
With Bluetooth wireless technology built inside and the ability to stream Spotify, it’s the smart thermostat that takes music seriously. ecobee has embedded microphones with far-field voice recognition and a speaker engineered for clear voice and full sound. Unlock the ability to play music simultaneously between all your multi-room compatible speakers.
If your ecobee senses that you are home during your scheduled Away period, or away during your scheduled Home period, it will automatically override your schedule to maximize comfort and savings.
Alerts and Reminders
ecobee is constantly monitoring your equipment performance and will send you an alert if anything is not working or is performing suboptimally. Similarly, ecobee can show you free energy reports that track how much energy you’ve conserved each month and provide insight into your home heating and cooling equipment.
ecobee SmartSensor is the thermostat room sensor with heightened capability to deliver comfort and savings. Paired with any ecobee thermostat, this new sensor is key to unlocking the full potential of your ecobee experience.
The all-new, fully-redesigned ecobee SmartSensor exponentially amplifies the power of all ecobee smart thermostats. It detects both temperature and occupancy, allowing for targeted temperature control in important rooms and a target average temperature across multiple rooms — meaning enhanced overall comfort for your whole home. Plus, SmartSensor can help further your home’s energy efficiency by signaling your thermostat to start saving when you’re not home, keeping your energy bill in check.
Heightened senses for enhanced home comfort
Takes the average temperature reading of each SmartSensor and heats or cools your home to keep that comfortable average.
Prioritized comfort in the rooms you use most
With built-in occupancy sensors, you can trust SmartSensor to keep you comfortable wherever you are and in the rooms you actually use.
Smarter savings start with smarter features
Automatically adjusts your ecobee smart thermsotat for savings when it senses nobody’s home.
Redesigned and ready for important rooms
A redesigned aesthetic not only catches eyes, but also helps detect temperature and occupancy better than ever.
Easily install it yourself.
Fast, easy installation you can do yourself. Use our handy step-by-step guide on the ecobee app.
Wired 24 VAC through terminals C, Rc or Rh. Power Extender Kit enables you to reliably power your thermostat without having to run a fifth wire.
What’s a C-Wire
A c-wire (also referred to as a common wire) is a low voltage power wire that many modern thermostats require for their features to work. This ecobee SmartThermostat requires a c-wire or installation of the power extender kit (included) to work. Many older homes don’t have a c-wire because mercury and battery-powered thermostats didn’t require one. Therefore, it is important that you make sure that you have a c-wire and that your HVAC system is compatible with ecobee’s thermostat. To determine if you have a c-wire, please remove your old thermostat’s cover plate. You should see several wire terminals labeled with letters. If a wire is connected to the “C” terminal, you have a c-wire.
If you do not have a c-wire on your existing thermostat, you maybe able to substitute an extra wire or the “G” wire for the c-wire. You can also hire an HVAC contractor to help you install the c-wire and the thermostat.
And you know what should be a part of that? Never having to leave the warmth of your bed for your thermostat.
So check out this guide to ecobee Alexa commands and command your climate by voice in no time.
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ecobee Thermostats 101
ecobee is a Canadian smart home company known for its smart thermostats and temperature sensors.
But ecobee doesn’t just make top-notch hardware. Its software platforms are diverse and well-designed too.
For instance, ecobee users have four options for controlling their smart thermostat:
- The device’s touchscreen
- A web portal
- The ecobee app
- And even an Apple Watch app
Needless to say, this is better than 90% of the smart home market.
Smart Thermostats Pay For Themselves
Beyond voice control, smart thermostats’ biggest draws are the energy and cost savings you can achieve.
According to ecobee, its AI-based temperature regulation can reduce a user’s energy costs by up to 23% per year.
If your heating and cooling bill is $54 or more per month, a 23% savings means that an ecobee3 lite would pay for itself within a year.
If this weren’t enough, your purchase might also qualify for a rebate from your energy company. (For example, we received a $100 rebate from PG&E in California when we installed our thermostat.)
You can check for available rebates in your area at ecobee.com/rebates .
Does ecobee Work With Alexa?
The answer to this is a resounding yes. All recent models, including the ecobee3 lite and the ecobee4, work with Alexa.
In fact, when it comes to smart home compatibility, ecobee shines across the board. Their devices work with all of the leading platforms and voice assistants, namely:
- Amazon (Alexa)
- Google Home (Google Assistant)
- Apple HomeKit (Siri)
- Samsung SmartThings (Bixby)
In fact, the premium model (the ecobee SmartThermostat Pro) even has Alexa built-in. So you can speak to Alexa directly through your thermostat!
How To Set Up Alexa Voice Control With ecobee Thermostats
To use the full set of ecobee voice commands, you need two Alexa skills:
- The ecobee skill
- The ecobee plus skill
Both of these skills are free and, thankfully, set-up is painless. To get started:
This morning, Ecobee released details on its latest voice-controlled smart thermostat. Rumors circulated last week when the device appeared briefly on the Lowe’s website. Today, Ecobee made it official. Breaking away from its numbered naming scheme — Ecobee 3, Ecobee 3 Lite and Ecobee 4 — the company is calling this one, simply, the SmartThermostat. Ecobee says it’s “packed with the power you would expect from a smartphone.”
Like the Ecobee 4, the SmartThermostat has built-in Alexa voice support, making it essentially a wall-mounted Echo. You can control the temperature, make a call or send a message from the device. The company traded the analog microphone for a digital one and included AI for improved natural language processing and speech detection. According to Ecobee, the speaker is twice as powerful as its predecessors. That will come in handy if you plan on using the SmartThermostat to listen to music. It’s now compatible with Spotify Connect, in addition to Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn.
The SmartThermostat is a bit sleeker, too. It swaps its plastic touchscreen for a glass LCD screen. It also comes with a redesigned sensor, which can monitor temperature and detect motion, meaning it can adjust the temperature when a room is occupied. Ecobee says the sensor has a five-year battery life and an extended pairing range of up to 60 feet.
As with past models, Ecobee claims this one can help save customers up to 23 percent annually on heating and cooling costs, and it can be controlled anywhere via the Ecobee mobile app, available on iOS and Android. It’s on sale starting today at $249 and comes with one smart sensor. That’s the price of a regular Nest thermostat, but it offers voice-control capabilities that Nest lacks. Ecobee could win over customers who want a voice-controlled thermostat but don’t want a dedicated smart speaker, and if it’s able to do that, the company could help place Alexa at the center of the smart home experience.
Ecobee has announced a new smart thermostat – called the SmartThermostat. The $249 device replaces the company's two-year-old Ecobee4, yet offers many of the same features as before.
These features include a speaker (which is louder than before, with improved microphones) and integrated Amazon Alexa, so you can control the device with voice controls without needing to own a smart speaker.
The jury is still out on whether anyone really wants to listen to music from their thermostat, but it's useful way to hear Alexa's voice when you ask her to adjust the temperature, set a timer, or control any other aspect of your smart home. The speaker works with Spotify and Spotify Connect for the first time, and music can be streamed from the thermostat over Bluetooth to another speaker, if you prefer.
Having Alexa, microphones and a speaker onboard means there is actually no reason to have an Amazon Echo smart speaker. Unlike some other non-Amazon devices with Alexa built in, the Ecobee SmartThermostat includes Alexa Calling, Messaging, and Drop-in.
Also carried over from its predecessors is integration with a broad range of smart home systems, including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and the automation platform IFTTT (If This Then That). This is of particular importance after Google recently announced its Nest system will begin restricting its ability to work with other platforms from the end of August, breaking compatibility with IFTTT among others.
The new model is powered by a faster quad-core processor, and you can control it either with voice commands, through the Ecobee smartphone app, or by tapping and swiping at the thermostat's attractive glass front. The user interface is crisp, clear, and should be simple to interact with – even for those who aren't interested in more complex smart home controls.
The launch of the SmartThermostat comes soon after images of it leaked online, along with claims Ecobee was preparing to launch a wider range of smart home devices, including an indoor security camera and door/window sensors. Although the new thermostat is available now, the other devices are yet to materialize.
Ecobee has updated and redesigned the SmartSensor, a wireless temperature and presence sensor which is just two inches tall and designed to be placed in a different room to the thermostat, giving it an idea of whether to heat or cool that room or not. That way, the thermostat will only heat or cool rooms which are being used.
The SmartSensor has a claimed battery life of up to five years, and comes with a new magnetic mounting system, plus a wall mount. The Ecobee SmartThermostat comes with one sensor in the box, while extras can be purchased in packs of two for $79, and each thermostat can work with up to 32 sensors at once. The more sensor you fit across your home, the more efficient your energy use should become.
Ecobee claims using this thermostat can lower your annual energy bills by up to 23 percent, compared to maintaining a steady temperature of 72F / 22C.
As with other smart thermostats, like those from Nest and Honeywell, the new EcoBee uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to heat and cool your property as efficiently as possible, and only doing so when it knows you are home. (Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Amazon Alexa enabled devices.)
The $249 SmartThermostat is on sale now, and can be bought directly from Ecobee, or from Amazon, Lowes, HomeDepot, and Best Buy.
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has integrated itself to work with a variety of smart home devices, but up until now, you needed to buy an Amazon Echo or an Echo Dot to enable those interactions on a thermostat.
The ecobee4 smart thermostat is the first device to have Alexa built in.
The new thermostat also answers other questions that Amazon Echo can handle like reading the news, order pizza, play music or request an Uber and more.
The Ecobee4 looks similar to the Ecobee3. Its face is a rounded black square with a smartphone-sized touch screen in the middle. The biggest noticeable difference is a small blue LED bar along the top, which lights up when Alexa is activated.
The interface is largely the same, with the current temperature displayed prominently and a slider along the right to adjust the heat or cooling. A small microphone icon in the lower right lets you activate Alexa manually.
The small speaker in the back of the latest ecobee is similar to the speaker on the Echo Dot. It would be fine for asking short questions of Alexa, but you probably wouldn’t want to use it to play music. Unlike the Dot 2, you can’t pair the Ecobee4 with your Bluetooth speaker for better sound.
While the newer Ecobee has movement sensors to detect if anyone is home, it does not have the geofencing feature found in other smart thermostats that would sense when you’re within a certain radius of your house and turn the thermostat on or off automatically
Most likely your current thermostat is located in a hallway or some other place where you don’t spend a lot of time. Unless your thermostat is centrally located in an Open concept living area, having Alexa on the thermostat may not be very useful.
The earlier generations of the ecobee required sighted assistance to initially setup, but if you have the original ecobee app then you can make the necessary adjustments to your HVAC system using VoiceOver. Unfortunately the currant version is virtually unusable for VoiceOver users without jester wizardry. If ecobee expects to maintain itself as an industry leader in this market, than they will have to incorporate a universally designed approach for CBT to officially recommend them.
The new Ecobee4 will hit stores and deliver to customers on May 15. Ecobee has also discounted its previous generation hardware which is still available for $189.99 currently. Ecobee3 Lite which ships without room sensors is also available for $169.
If you already have an Echo, then it might be worth your wile to buy an earlier generation ecobee that is compatible with the Alexa skill from ecobee enabling you to bypass any inaccessible hardware interface while changing the temperature.
From the ecobee4 press release:
“We are committed to building technology that makes customers’ lives simpler and better. Technology that allows our customers to focus on the things that matter – their families and moments they share. The voice-enabled ecobee4 smart thermostat and smart light switch bring that promise to life,” said ecobee President and CEO Stuart Lombard. “More than just individual products, ecobee4 and the smart light switch work together to provide better comfort and savings, while allowing customers to ask for almost anything from anywhere in their home.”
With a built-in speaker and microphone, ecobee4 can be controlled through its sleek touch-screen, a smart device or voice. Alexa voice service allows customers to simply ask their ecobee4 to adjust the temperature of the home, in addition to the growing list of Alexa skills such as setting a timer, helping plan your commute or playing the news. Through far-field voice recognition, ecobee4 will conveniently respond to voice commands from anywhere in the room. ecobee4 is also compatible with the company’s signature room sensor technology, which measures occupancy and temperature to deliver comfort when the customer is home and energy savings when they’re away.
“Our vision is to bring Alexa to customers wherever they are, on-the-go, and in any room of their smart home. ecobee’s smart thermostats and switches with Alexa will help realize this vision for customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. “We think the experience of simply asking Alexa to raise or lower the temperature in a room, or interacting with 12,000-plus other skills available on Alexa, will be delightful for customers.”
“Today’s announcement is our first step towards delivering a whole-home-voice experience for customers, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Lombard. “In our 10th year as a company, we are still committed to purpose-driven innovation that re-imagines the home – now with the ecobee4 and later this year with the smart light switch. These innovations give customers the ability to be more comfortable, have more control and save money – all while doing right by our planet, something we’re incredibly proud of.”
ecobee4 will be available for pre-order starting May 3, 2017 and in stores on May 15, 2017. The smart light switch is expected later this year.
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Cool Picks: July 12, 2017
In this weeks Cool Picks, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top technology from the AT world.
Alexa Dungeon Adventure Skill
Jessica goes old-school gaming with the latest tech. Listen as she demos a Dungeon and Dragons style game on an Amazon Echo device.
MXL 770 Condenser Microphone
As a veteran podcaster, Nelson has always sounded great on the air. Just ask him. He will tell you it is true. But even he can’t believe how good he sounds with this new microphone.
It doesn’t have audio-description yet, but James just can’t stop binge watching all of the greatest shows on Hulu. How else will he be able to keep up with the Kardashians?
I can’t get Alexa to work on my new ecobee smart thermostat. Here’s some info:
After using the web portal (or the app on my smartphone) to link Alexa, the thermostat responds “Hello.” But, any attempt to use Alexa after that does not return any answer.
From the Alexa history on my smartphone I can tell the commands are getting to the Alexa “cloud.” For example, the Alexa history shows:
Text not available. Click to play recording.
Text not available. Audio was not intended for your Echo – nothing was returned.
Yesterday I thought my network’s ad blocking software (Pi-hole) might be the problem. I believe the ad blocking software is not the problem for two reasons:
Alexa works on my smartphone, and it also has to go through my network’s ad blocking software.
We bypassed (disabled) the ad blocking software but Alexa on the ecobee still does not work.
I'm working with ecobee support too, but was hoping someone here knew of a solution.
I solved the Alexa not working problem. Hidden away in Settings, on the thermostat, was an item titled "Alexa sounds" and by default it was disabled.
I enabled Alexa sounds and success. Alexa now works normally.
This is indeed odd. In our house internet access is provided by att uverse on dual banded WiFi device equipment with built in band steering also known as wire ties. Until I changed the settings on the portal for this gateway, nothing stayed connected because the wireties software kept shifting devices from 5.0 to 2.4 or the opposite. Ecobee has to be on 2.4. Uverse has not grasped the concept that some devices need to be connected. I’m not saying this is what’s causing your problem but it caused my ecobee to lose connection. And I had some issues even after the separation into two separate bands.
What seemed to work best was to start by disabling both of the Alexa skills. Verify the email address in you amazon prime account is the same email used for ecobee. Verify the WiFi password used at amazon.com on every Echo device is the same. I have 5 in our house and all are on 5.0 so I know the skills work correctly on devices connected to our 5.0. I also know the ecobee cannot utilize 5.0 so when I connected it I made sure I chose the correct WiFi. It will require WiFi to work with the ecobee apps on you iPhone etc. and with HomeKit if you have those. I personally do not use Alexa to control the temperature setting because it’s much easier to change it on the actual thermostat since Alexa gets nearly everything wrong. I asked her to put potatoes on my grocery list and she started playing some random horrible rap music that had nothing to do with potatoes. That’s just been my experience.
In order to get Alexa working you do need both skills. And the syntax is very specific. I’ve asked her to change the temp to x degrees and she responds by saying I can only set the temp between 30 and 150 or some such idiotic range. I have to say “tell ecobee to set heat to 70” or set cool to 77, etc. and if you are in auto mode it’s nearly impossible to get her to change it at all. But.
That said, my ecobee is right outside my master bedroom door and I frequently add to my shopping list using the ecobee. You may be able to test the Alexa ability to connect to your prime account by adding something to your to do list or your shopping list. That should work if the skills are enabled. I don’t think it works if they are not and I do not know why there are two.
When it comes to smart thermostats, Ecobee is one of the leading brands to buy. Right now, you can save even more than normal when you shop the Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control for Amazon Prime Day 2021.
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The wildly popular Wi-Fi thermostat is 15% off just in time for Amazon’s massive two-day sale. While it’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen, it’s close enough that we’d still recommend pressing the buy button if you’re in need of a fantastic smart thermostat.
Here at Reviewed, we’ve tested many popular smart thermostats and Ecobee is one of the best. It uses a touch screen with a drag-to-adjust slider for changing the temperature, alongside a plethora of settings to tweak. The thermostat works like an Echo speaker, as it has built-in Amazon Alexa microphones. This means you can adjust the temperature with your voice instead. (It works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.) The included conversion kit is also great for systems that don’t have a C-wire.
One of the coolest things about this smart thermostat is that it works with Ecobee’s external room sensors to monitor the temperature in a particular area of the home and automatically adjust the air to your preferences. Best of all, the thermostat may be eligible for community rebates depending on where you live, saving you a little extra on top of the costs you’re already recouping for shopping on Amazon Prime Day!
Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control for $210.78 (Save $38.22)
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If you have an Amazon Echo, you probably start plenty of sentences like this every day. Whether you want to find out the weekend weather forecast or create a to-do list, there’s no doubt about it—Amazon Echo has made life easier for millions of people.
One of the benefits of a smart speaker like the Echo is the ability to adjust your home’s temperature with a simple voice command. But if you want to “tell” your thermostat what to do, it has to be compatible with Alexa.
Which thermostat works with Alexa?
- Vivint Smart Thermostat ™ Thermostat
- Nest Learning Thermostat ®
- Honeywell Lyric Thermostat
- Sensi WiFi Programmable Thermostat
Alexa is compatible with multiple thermostats, which means you have options and can choose one that best fits your needs. While each includes voice control, some thermostats stand out above the rest for the added features they provide.
Here are two standout thermostats that work with Alexa:
Vivint Smart Thermostat
What’s so great about the Vivint Smart Thermostat? Well, plenty. Touch display illuminates on approach to show target and current temperatures, and Vivint Smart Thermostat tracks humidity levels to help optimize indoor air quality. It even provides a layer of safety: Vivint Smart Thermostat limits the spread of flames by shutting off your home’s HVAC system during a fire.
You can easily adjust temperature settings with voice commands in three simple formats. For example, “Alexa:
- Set my heat to 74 degrees.
- Set my AC to 72 degrees.
- Turn the heat up 2 degrees.
It’s that easy. And if you’re going to have a thermostat on the wall, it might as well look good. Vivint Smart Thermostat is no exception. Its sleek, minimal design blends perfectly with your home’s interior.
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More than just good looks and voice-enabled temperature control, Vivint Smart Thermostat keeps you comfortable while saving you money, too. As part of a Vivint system, Vivint Smart Thermostat works in tandem with Sky, our Smart Home Assistant. It auto-adjusts Vivint Smart Thermostat to your preferences when you’re home and conserves energy when you’re not.
Together, Vivint Smart Thermostat and Sky can provide significant savings: Up to 12 percent on energy spend with an annual savings of up to $146 per year.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a top contender in the world of smart thermostats—it’s why Vivint integrates Nest along with Amazon Echo. The combination of these two devices offers yet another great solution for voice-controlled temperature and, as part of a larger, comprehensive Vivint system, voice control over all aspects of your smart home.
Here are some other great reasons to consider Nest Thermostat:
- It looks good. With its slim profile and high-resolution screen, Nest is easy to read while complementing the interior of your home.
- Safety is locked into Nest, as it also responds in the event of a fire, shutting off the flow of air in your home’s HVAC to minimize the spread of flames.
- Nest’s touch display illuminates on approach to display time or temperature.
Like Vivint Smart Thermostat, integrating Nest with your Echo pads your bank account-and conserves valuable resources. Nest also works with Sky, leveraging your in-home sensors to more intelligently manage the temperature in your home. By automatically adjusting your temperature when you’re home or away, you can conserve energy and save money, just as with Vivint Smart Thermostat.
Your smart thermostat and the bigger picture
Why stop with a smart thermostat and speaker? Integrating the two into a Vivint system just makes sense. It’s your ticket to syncing with Sky and benefiting from the cost-savings and conservation the Smart Assistant offers.
There’s also added ease, convenience, and control. You can talk to Alexa when you’re in the house to manage temperature. But as part of a bigger system, you can control your smart devices, including your thermostat, through Vivint Smart Hub Panel, the central hub of your entire smart home.
The Vivint app provides the convenience of control on the go-manage your thermostat and smart home settings using your mobile device from anywhere.
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If you have an ecobee4 or ecobee Smart Thermostat, you’re already aware that Alexa is built-in and integrated with them. That means you can operate any Alexa device hands-free right from your thermostat, eliminating the need for any other Alexa-enabled device.
But, with these ecobee smart thermostats, what voice commands and voice control options are available? I’ll go over the Alexa commands that you can utilize with your ecobee devices.
There are a variety of commands you may use to manage your ecobee after Alexa is activated on your thermostat.
Temperatures may be adjusted and monitored. If you have more than one thermostat or various sensors, Alexa will let you operate each one separately.
How to Setup Ecobee with Alexa?
To use the full set of ecobee voice commands, you need two Alexa skills:
The Plus has considerably more features and control options.
Another thing to keep in mind while utilizing the skills is that the “ecobee” skill sets just require you to say “Alexa, what is the temperature of the thermostat?”
You’ll need to say, “Alexa, ask ecobee what the thermostat temperature is?” using the “ecobee plus” talent.
You should be aware that when you change the temperature using an Alexa command it overrides any existing schedules and will continue keeping that temperature for the duration of your thermostat’s “Hold Period.”
To adjust the Hold Action Duration:
- Enter the Settings menu in the app, web portal, or thermostat (ecobee thermostat screen)
- Navigate to Preferences
- Select Hold Action Duration and adjust as desired
Both of these skills are free and, thankfully, set-up is painless.
To get Setup started:
- Navigate to each skill’s home page in the Alexa app
From the Alexa app, click on each skill’s link (above) to be brought to its page in the Alexa Skills Store
- Enable the skill
Enable the skill by clicking “Enable” and signing in with your ecobee account
- Device Discovery
Click “discover devices” on the next screen and wait 30-45 seconds for Alexa to discover your ecobee device.
Make sure that your Alexa devices and ecobee thermostat are powered on and on the same wi-fi network!
- Name your device and add it to a group (optional)
Once Alexa discovers your device, you will have the option to rename your device and add it to one of your groups within the Alexa app. (Note that this is optional and can always be done later.)
Ecobee thermostats are becoming ever more popular, with more and more people opting to use their smart thermostat every day. And everyday, smart thermostats are getting smarter and smarter.
In the end, this just makes the ecobee thermostats more intoxicating than ever.
Over the years, ecobee have been fantastic at keeping up technology; as a company, their devices are already compatible with:
- Amazon Alexa
- Apple HomeKit
And to make things even better, the new ecobee4 comes with Alexa built-in to the thermostat; Don’t worry, you can still use Google Home it just takes a little setting up. But more on that later.
So, the big question is, does their thermostat work with Google Home?
Does ecobee work with Google Home?
In short, the answer is yes. And it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise; we already knew ecobee like to stay on top.
So when thermostats like Nest and Honeywell announced compatibility with Google Home, it was only a matter of time before ecobee announced plans to integrate Google Assistant.
If you’re looking for Google activated Thermostats you can check this Nest Vs Honeywell review.
So, what does this integration mean for users?
In all honesty, all it means is users need to think a little bit less about what systems they want to use.
Years ago, you would have to make a carefully planned system to make sure all your devices were compatible.
Now, not so much, more and more companies are linking with popular companies like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which just makes things better for us.
Ecobee Devices That Can Be Controlled By Google Home
If you’re looking to purchase an ecobee device to go with your Google Home, or maybe you have an ecobee device but you’re wondering if it’s compatible, then you should check out this list.
- ecobee3 Lite
As you can see you have a good selection to choose from if you’re looking for an ecobee thermostat with voice commands.
How To Setup ecobee With Google Home
Before we get started with the setup, there is something you have to do before you get started.
And that’s, make sure all your ecobee devices have a name, without an assigned name paring will fail. Naming your ecobee thermostat is easy.
First access the screen, tap Main Menu > Settings > Prefrences> Thermostat Name; once the name is set, you’re ready to go.
For the switch+, the actions are slightly different. Open the ecobee App, find your switch+ device, tap the Main Menu icon at the bottom left of the screen Tap Device Info > Device Name > change the name .
Now that’s out the way, we’re ready to get Google Home and ecobee setup. Just follow my little guide below:
- Download the Google Home App
- Once completed open the App
- Tap on the “Add” icon; this can be found at the top left-hand side of the screen
- Now the new screen has loaded, you should see the tab “Set Up Device” tap it to open it
- You should now be faced with two option tap the “Works With Google” tab
- At the top right of the screen, you should now see a magnifying glass, tap the button and type ecobee
- You should then see the ecobee icon pop up, tap it
- You’ll be asked to enter your ecobee account details, enter the details link both accounts together
- And finally, accept the changes and you’re ready to go
That wasn’t too hard, right?;
If you followed the guide, you shouldn’t have had a problem, but this isn’t always the case. Some people experience issues with the connection. As you can see in this article all they had to do was reset their Google Home device and unlink the Google Assistant account.
So, by now you should be all connected and ready to use your Google Home system with your ecobee thermostat, but what if you don’t have a Home Hub? Can you still use Google Assistant?
How To Setup ecobee With Google Assistant (No Home Hub Required)
It’s a similar process but uses different apps, so let me talk you through it quickly:
- Download and open the Google Assistant App
- Tap the “Explore” icon, it looks slightly like a compass and can be found at the middle of the screen on the right-hand side
- Once the new page has enter “ecobee” in the search bar at the top of the screen
- Tap on the Icon
- Tap Setup
- Log in using your ecobee account
- Accept all changes
By following this procedure, you’ll be able to use Google voice commands on your mobile to take voice control of your ecobee devices. Some of you might be wondering what kind of command you can use.
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What Google Assistant Commands Can I Use With ecobee
There’s a wealth of voice controls you can use with your smart thermostat. I won’t go into all of them; we’d be here a while.
Here’s some to get started:.
Ecobee Smart Thermostats
- Ok Google, turn on the (thermostat name) schedule
- Ok Google, set the (thermostat name) to heat
- Ok Google, set the (thermostat name) to cool
- Ok Google, set the temperature to (temperature)
- Hey Google, decrease the temperature in the (thermostat name)
- Hey Google, increase the temperature in the (thermostat name) by (number) degrees
Ecobee Smart Thermostats
- Hey Google, are my switches off?
- Hey Google, turn the (switch name) On
- Hey Google, turn the (switch name) off
- Ok Google, turn the (switch name) switch On
There you have everything you need to know about ecobee and google home. Before I leave you, there are a few things to remember, first make sure your devices have a name. Make sure you use the Google Home app to link the smart thermostat.
If you don’t have a Google Home hub, don’t worry too much, you can still use Google Assistant. If you have any questions about smart thermostats or Google Assistant, feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you.
If you haven’t already got an ecobee thermostat, there’re are another two bigger players out there. Then make sure you check out my full review of Nest Vs Honeywell before making your purchase!
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Ecobee smart thermostat.
IMPORTANT UPDATE for Current Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 owners: Check your settings!
We’ve discovered that the Ecobee3 and a recent Ecobee4 have a default setting for heat pumps that can seriously increase your utility bills and decrease your system’s performance.
The new default setting is “No heat pump with auxiliary heat simultaneously.” If left as the default, this setting will cause the compressor to turn off whenever the heat strips come on. That will consume more energy and put out less heat, potentially leading to a much higher utility bill.
For better energy efficiency and comfort, change this setting to “Run heat pump and auxiliary heat simultaneously.” This way your auxiliary heat will supplement your heat pump rather than replacing it when the temperatures drop outside.
If you need any help figuring out how to change these settings, please feel free to contact us!
Why does my auxiliary heat keep coming on?
If you notice that your auxiliary heat seems to be coming on too frequently or you get an alert that says “auxiliary heat running too long,” there may be a simple fix that could save you a service call.
If your Ecobee was recently installed, it’s possible that the settings haven’t been changed from the factory pre-sets. In other words, the factory set the outside temperature at which the auxiliary heat should come on and it’s higher than you want it to be. Reset it to the temperature at which you actually need the auxiliary heat to come on and see if that solves the problem.
Even if your Ecobee isn’t new, the settings could have gotten changed accidentally (especially if you have kids in the house!), so check them and reset the temperature if needed.
See Also: How to Pronounce Ecobee
Why is there an alert to change my UV light?
If you don’t have a UV light in your HVAC system, this can be a confusing alert! Not to worry, though—it’s just an automatic alert that every Ecobee thermostat is set to give at certain times, whether you have a UV light or not.
Why is my Ecobee showing question marks?
This is a sign that your Ecobee just needs to be reset. Turn it off, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on again. Everything should go back to normal.
What do I do if my Ecobee4’s blue light doesn’t come on when I say “Alexa”?
Try activating Alexa manually. Touch the microphone icon on the home screen, then tap “Push to Talk.” The blue light should come on. Speak and Alexa should respond.
If Alexa does work when activated manually, you may need to be closer to the thermostat when saying “Alexa.” Also, be sure you speak clearly and consider whether there may be background noise interfering.
Why does Alexa keep saying “Sorry, I need a minute”?
This generally means that your Ecobee has lost its connection with the Alexa service. When that happens, a question mark should appear with the microphone icon. Check the connection between your Ecobee4 and the wi-fi network (see below). If the wi-fi is working but the Ecobee still can’t connect with Alexa, you’ll need to contact Ecobee support.
See Also: Ecobee Thermostat with Alexa
How do I restore my Ecobee’s wi-fi connection?
If your Ecobee has lost its wi-fi connection, the first thing to do is check that your wi-fi is working. Try connecting to the wi-fi with another device. If it doesn’t work, restart your router by unplugging it, waiting a few minutes, then plugging back in.
Once you have confirmed that the wi-fi is working for other devices, it’s time to try restarting your Ecobee. Turn it off, wait at least one minute, then turn it back on again. Allow your Ecobee to boot up as normal.
Once the thermostat has booted up, open the Quick Change menu (cog icon) and check the Wi-Fi connection icon. If it isn’t connected yet, try closing the menu, waiting a few more minutes, and then opening again. If it still isn’t working, you can get further technical support by calling the Ecobee support hotline at 1-877-932-6233.
Why does my Ecobee thermostat keep saying “Let me stretch my wings”?
If your Ecobee keeps showing this message, it means that something is causing the thermostat to restart over and over again. It’s likely a problem with the wiring/voltage, so you should call your trusted HVAC company for service.
Why does my Ecobee4 say “And holding”?
If you manually adjust your Ecobee4’s temperature so that it’s not following its programmed schedule, the thermostat will say “And holding” to indicate that it will hold at that temperature until you cancel the change.
How can I get my Ecobee to automatically return to its regular program after I’ve manually adjusted the temperature?
With its default settings, if you manually change the temperature on your Ecobee thermostat, it will stay at that temperature until you “clear” it. That means if you don’t remember to reset it, it won’t change to its bedtime or away program at its regular time.
However, you can change the preferences so that your Ecobee will go back to its regular program at the time of the next scheduled temperature change. On the thermostat, select Main Menu, then Settings. Next select Preferences. Then tap Hold Action. It will give you a range of options to choose for when you want your Ecobee to automatically return to its scheduled program.
And that’s it! Now you don’t have to worry about going back and resetting your thermostat after you’ve manually changed it. It should go back to its regularly scheduled program automatically.
Why are my sensors showing N/A for temperature and occupancy?
If your sensors aren’t communicating with the thermostat, you’ll get N/A for both temperature and occupancy (see below if the temperature is showing up but the sensor can’t tell that the room is occupied). First, try moving your sensors closer to the thermostat to see if it can pick them up.
If that doesn’t work, try doing a hard restart of the sensor. Start by removing the back cover of the sensor and then taking out the battery. Wait for at least two minutes before putting the battery back in. Then wait another five minutes. Finally, check the thermostat again to see if the sensor is now communicating with it.
Why are my Ecobee3 sensors detecting temperature but NOT detecting whether the room is occupied?
You may have a sensor that was put together incorrectly. Ecobee discovered that some of their sensors had been incorrectly assembled. Basically, the covers were put on in the wrong position. If your sensor is detecting the temperature and connecting to the thermostat, but not detecting occupancy, this is probably what’s going on.
Ecobee has set up a page with directions for either getting your sensors replaced or fixing them yourself.
Smart thermostats such as ecobee have taken over the market with their impressive functionality and power-saving features. Not only can you monitor the temperature or humidity levels, but you also have the power to remotely adjust the temperature from anywhere you are in the world using the ecobee app, as well as receive notifications when it gets too cold or hot.
And that’s not all, you also have the option of having hands-free control over your device using the in-built Alexa feature, or even Google assistant if you have a Google Home, so you can control your thermostats without having to press any buttons.
Today, we’ll be looking at both ecobee 4 vs ecobee 5 and the differences between the two. So whether you like the idea of using Bluetooth music streaming, or creating commands via the IFTTT software, both models have something great to offer you.
Our top pick is ecobee5, and here’s why:
Differences Between the ecobee 4 and ecobee 5
Difference #1: Alexa – While both smart thermostats feature a built-in Alexa, they do differ in functionality.
For example, ecobee 5 comes with far more skills than ecobee 4, as you can also take advantage of the Alexa calling, messaging and announcement feature, almost the same as you would with an Alexa-enabled device such as Echo or Echo Dot.
Apart from that, the Alexa addition is very handy for both thermostats, as you can seamlessly use your voice to adjust the temperature or set a timer from anywhere within your home, without having to lift a finger to do so!
Difference #2: Bluetooth – Since ecobee 5 also uses a Bluetooth connection you have the advantage of streaming music from various platforms such as Spotify and Pandora!
Imagine having the ability to listen to your favorite tunes through your thermostat, now that’s definitely something new.
Unfortunately, ecobee 4 isn’t compatible with Bluetooth, so there is no streaming available for this model.
Difference #3: Eco+ – Ecobee 5 also includes an eco+ software upgrade that enables your smart thermostat to maximize its energy efficiency thus saving on power costs in the long term, which can be more than 23% off of your next bill!
Difference #4: Microphones – It’s true that both thermostats have in-built microphones that allow them to hear incoming voice commands, however, ecobee 5 comes with digital, instead of the analog-style mics that ecobee 4 has, this can help to improve the wake word detection, as well as the echo-spatial detection.
Which will, in turn, will allow Alexa or Google to respond to your requests a lot quicker, even when there’s music playing in the background.
Difference #5: WiFi – A reliable WiFi connection is crucial in order for your new smart thermostat to work efficiently and smoothly.
This is why we like the ecobee 5 since it supports both a 2.4GHz, as well as a 5GHz network, ideal if your home tends to be overcrowded with smart electronics, or you have a couple of routers around.
While ecobee 4 only supports a 2.4GHz connection.
Difference #6: Size & Design – In terms of the design, both ecobee 4 and ecobee 5 look very similar to each other. Both sport the ecobee “squircle” shape and come with almost identical dimensions, a sleek LCD display, and a single black color option.
Difference #7: Price – Keeping in mind the advanced functionality of ecobee 5, it makes sense for this model to be the more expensive one.
But luckily, there isn’t a huge price gap between the two, and if you decide to splurge a little the price difference does seem worth it in the end.
Time flies! It seems like just yesterday that we first got our hands on the ecobee3 smart thermostat. Now, the Toronto-based company behind the ingenious technology is rolling out the ecobee4 in Canada. This next-generation device improves on its predecessors and comes fully-equipped with Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa.
If you haven’t seen an ecobee smart thermostat in action, you’re missing out. There’s a lot you can do with an ecobee beyond setting the temperature. Read on to learn a few of the top ecobee smart thermostat features we’ve seen over the years — and the best way to install one.
1. It Can Be in Two Places at Once
Most thermostats only read the temperature in one place: the vicinity surrounding the device itself. It works, but it’s not ideal. After all, the temperature can vary from one room to the next.
The ecobee3 and ecobee4 have a novel solution to this problem. The thermostat pairs with small, wireless sensors that can read the temperature in other rooms. The sensors also act as motion detectors, allowing ecobee to ensure the room you occupy is always at the right temperature.
Essentially, it’s like ecobee can be in two (or more) places at once!
2. It Watches the House While You’re Away
Worried about the temperature dropping too low or rising too high? You can set the device to notify you by email or text message when the temperature passes a certain threshold. The same goes for the level of humidity in the home.
This feature lets you keep track of what’s happening inside the house while you’re away. If you’re vacationing over the winter, for instance, you can ensure the temperature doesn’t drop to the point where you risk the pipes freezing. In the summer, you’ll know if the air conditioning stops working while you’re at work.
3. It Follows Your Routine
It’s usually unnecessary to run the furnace or air conditioning at full capacity 24/7. Powering down when you’re asleep or out of the house is one of the best ways to save energy. But switching the thermostat on or off manually is inconvenient, and many people don’t take advantage of a programmable thermostat’s energy-saving potential.
The ecobee has a fix for this. You can create three separate heating or cooling profiles: Home, Away, and Sleep. If you work from 9 to 5, for example, you can set the thermostat to Away until 5:30PM. That way, you’ll save energy while you’re gone and still arrive home to a comfortable temperature.
4. You Can Control It With Your Voice
The ecobee4 smart thermostat gives you the option of hands-free voice control with Amazon’s smart assistant software, Alexa. Plus, there’s no end of other cool things you can do with Alexa, from setting reminders to playing music to getting the latest weather forecast.
5. It Crunches Data to Save Energy
Ever wondered how a few degrees’ difference impacts your heating bill? The ecobee3 and ecobee4 can tell you. Using ecobee’s straightforward web interface, you can see the history of your usage in detail. It displays information graphically so you can understand changes over time.
So, what can you do with this information? For one, it can help you spot potential issues with your heating and cooling equipment. A decline in energy-efficiency is often one of the first signs of trouble with your unit. With the ecobee4, you can also ask Amazon Alexa for personalized energy-saving tips.
Installing an ecobee Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are powerful tools that can enable homeowners to cut their energy use by 8% or more.
However, there’s a catch:
These devices only work to their full potential when people install and use them properly.
When these ingenious devices hit the mainstream, it’s no surprise many people set their minds to buying and installing one on their own. Unfortunately, getting a smart thermostat up and running is not as easy as it looks. There’s more to installing an ecobee than re-connecting a few wires, many homeowners have found themselves stuck trying to do it themselves.
Whenever one of our technicians installs an ecobee smart thermostat, they take time to ensure the device is fully functional and train the homeowners to use it properly. We want to see people getting the most out of their ecobee.
This March only, we’re offering steep discounts on our complete package for both the ecobee3 and next-generation ecobee4 smart thermostats. That includes full installation of the device and training on how to use it. Included in all ecobee purchases is a three-year manufacturer warranty – another reason to take advantage of a great product.
Ecobee4 is more than a smart thermostat. With a room sensor and built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service, ecobee4 is the smart wi-fi thermostat that can listen to your voice commands and respond.
Ecobee4 comes with a room sensor to help manage hot spots. When you place sensors in your favourite rooms, Ecobee4 can read the temperature and detect occupancy. That’s how it ensures comfort in the rooms that matter and enables the right mode on your Ecobee4 for energy savings when it senses no one is home.
Comes with Amazon Alexa Voice Service built inside. With built-in Alexa voice service, Ecobee4 can listen to your voice commands and respond. Have it set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more.
Embedded microphones with far-field voice recognition. A speaker engineered for clear voice and full sound. Ecobee4 was crafted as the beautiful smart thermostat that looks at home on your wall – that you could hear and speak to from across the room.
(REQUIRES RETROFIT PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION)
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- Technical Specs
- Room Sensors help manage hot spots of your home, delivering comfort to rooms that matter most.
- Comes with built-in Alexa Voice Service built in, so you can ask your ecobee to set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more.
- Far-field voice technology means your ecobee4 can hear you from across the room.
- Smart Home/Away can automatically enable the right mode for energy savings when it senses no one is home. Easily adjust temperature and comfort settings from your Android and iOS devices.
- Save an average 23% on cooling costs each year.
- Ensures you’re comfortable by using thousands of data points to adjust your home to the right temperature.
- Get free monthly reports on how much energy you’ve saved and tips on how you can save even more.
- Connects with your accessories to easily manage your humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and ventilators.
- Control the speaker and microphone : Use the app to lower your volume, or enable Privacy Mode (microphone off) if you want to give Alexa a breather.
- Power Extender Kit enables you to reliably power your thermostat without having to run a fourth wire.
- REQUIRES PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY WITH YOUR CURRENT AC SYSTEM
- 3.5” full-color LCD touch screen
- 320 x 480 pixel display
- ecobee4 Length: 109mm inWidth: 109mm Depth: 26.1mm
- Room Sensor Length: 44mmWith stand:54mm Width: 44mm Depth: 20mm
- Power Extender Kit* Length: 62.1mm Width: 60.1mm Depth: 21.4mm
- ecobee smart thermostat is a 24V US spec system that requires professional custom adaptation to work with UAE based 220V AC systems
- Gas, oil, electric, dual fuel
- Conventional (2H/2C)
- Heat Pump (4H/2C)
- Humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilator, HRV or ERV
- Thermostat Sensors Temperature Humidity Occupancy Proximity
- Voice & audio Built-in microphones Built-in speaker Far-field voice recognition
- Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz
- Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
- 915MHz, future expansion slot
- DHCP (dynamic) or static IP addressing
- Transport Layer Security (TLS)
- Wi-Fi connection with Internet access
- Works with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT and more
- ecobee app on phone or tablet with iOS 8 or later, or Android 4 or later
- Latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later
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The Alexa-enabled Ecobee 4 is coming, but the developers over at Ecobee have been busy working on their app. Ecobee released an update to it, adding a feature that allows you to set a geofence around your home. You can set your thermostat to switch comfort settings based on whether or not you (well, your phone) are entering or leaving that area.
Great idea, right? I sure thought so. I immediately set it to switch back to the ‘home’ comfort setting when I entered my neighborhood. Cool that house down before I open the door! After spending the day at my office, I headed home, and as I approached my neighborhood, I heard a little ping on my phone. It was a notification from Ecobee that my thermostat had switched to the ‘home’ comfort setting before I even reached my garage. I walked in, and the air conditioning was already running. I was really feeling that smart home buzz.
Setting the geofence and the notification you get when you enter it.
As night fell, I noticed it was getting cold in the house. I checked the thermostat, and it had not just switched into ‘home’ mode, it had switched to ‘home and holding.’ For those of you who may be unfamiliar with smart thermostats, that means it will stick with the ‘home’ comfort setting until I manually take it out of that mode. The problem arises when you have additional comfort settings such as ‘night’ with different temperature settings.
Ecobee in a holding pattern.
The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that it will no longer take its occupancy sensors into account. If you leave the house again, it will remain in ‘home’ mode. The bottom line is that entering your geofence and choosing a specific comfort setting (e.g. ‘home’ or ‘night’) strips the thermostat of its intelligence. If you don’t manually tell it to resume its schedule, it’s going to act like the little round, mechanical thermostat you had when you were a kid.
I contacted Ecobee and they offered me a workaround. They suggested I set it to switch into ‘away’ mode when I leave the geofence and back into ‘home’ mode when I enter the geofence. Unfortunately, your expensive thermostat will still be pretty dumb. Its occupancy sensors will no longer be considered. Any other profiles you use will no longer be applied. If you live with anyone else, they’ll just have to sweat it out every time you leave (or remember to go tell the Ecobee they’re still in the house).
You can use the geofence feature to resume your schedule, rather than picking a specific comfort setting when you enter the geofenced area. This is the only usable choice for the geofence feature at this time. Choosing a specific comfort setting will cause the Ecobee to lock into that mode indefinitely. The appropriate implementation of this feature should be to have it use the selected comfort setting until the next scheduled change.
I didn’t get the impression that Ecobee was acknowledging this as a serious problem with their geofence feature. Let’s hope they push out an update that protects the Ecobee’s intelligence when using the geofence feature. In the meantime, you can use IFTTT to achieve a functional geofence for now. Ecobee support even sent me a link explaining how to do that with Life360, but you can also do it without.
Ecobee unveiled its latest connected thermostat at the Collision conference today. Far and away the most interesting bit is its inclusion of a microphone that utilizes Amazon’s far-field voice recognition to deliver Alexa functionality. And if that wasn’t enough Alexa in your life, the company will also be building Amazon’s smart assistant directly into smart light switches it has planned for later in the year.
The Ecobee4 arrives in stores on May 15, priced at $249. The actual thermostat-centric skills sound like they’ll be relatively minimal at launch, including adjusting the room temperature, naturally, but the Alexa functionality means the system ships with the 12,000 or so other skills Amazon’s assistant is capable of. And far-field technology means it won’t be competing for your attention with other Alexa-enabled devices.
The company’s own press material make the whole undertaking sound vaguely ominous by “weaving the power of voice into the walls of entire households.” Any sort of privacy concerns you might have had around bringing always-on microphone enabled devices into your home almost certainly amplified when the prospect of them into the very walls of our houses.
Amazon says that its own Echo devices listen passively as they wait for their wake word, and the company is encrypting all of the information its sends to its AWS servers. But this recent growth of third-party hardware makers adopting Alexa functionality certainly feels like the start of a larger trend. And as always, it’s worth doing a cost benefit analysis of bringing voice functionality to your thermostat and walls.
For Amazon, however, these sorts of partnerships are ideal. After all, the company’s hardware plays have largely served as an in to other services, and all the Echo devices the company moved were really just conduits for brining Alexa to the masses. With an increasing number of hardware companies backing the assistant into their own versions of the Echo and other devices like smartphones, the company’s got everyone else doing a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to spreading the Alexa gospel.
Amazon wants Alexa everywhere — in cars, fridges, speakers — but, for third-party manufacturers, actually integrating the voice assistant won’t be easy.
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Ecobee’s new smart thermostat now has an edge over its competition: a speaker, microphone, and Alexa built-in. The Ecobee4, a Wi-Fi–enabled device similar to Google’s Nest and Honeywell’s Lyric, is the first thermostat with Amazon’s voice-enabled Alexa software on board. It can understand “Alexa, turn down the temperature,” “Alexa, read me the news,” and hundreds of other prompts primed for Amazon’s voice assistant.
Another feature that sets Ecobee apart from other smart thermostats is that it works with small, floss dispenser-sized individual room sensors (up to 32). The sensors, which can be affixed to a wall or stand on their own, detect each room’s occupancy and temperature so Ecobee can better manage a home’s hot and cold spots. The central thermostat and its sensors communicate with each other to determine whether you’re actually at home and where you are in your house — better than other thermostats with a single hub, according to Ecobee — and adjusts the temperature accordingly. That way, you can save money on your energy bill by not running the AC or heat while you’re away.
In addition to the Ecobee4, the company is also launching new smart light switches that double (triple?) as an Ecobee room sensor and Alexa speaker in one. The light switches, which will be available later this year and are sold separately (price has not been announced), connect to Wi-Fi, so you can turn off your kitchen lights remotely with your phone. They also have tiny speakers and a microphone that spread Amazon’s voice assistant throughout your house.
Ecobee’s two new products are part of what the company is calling the “whole home voice future.” They’re a good option for consumers who want the magic of the Alexa voice assistant in every room — but keep in mind that their itty-bitty speakers don’t exactly produce hi-fidelity sound (more on this later). If you use Alexa to listen to music or podcasts, you’ll probably still want an Echo or Echo Dot.
Ecobee’s partnership with Amazon seems almost inevitable. In 2015, Amazon opened Alexa to third-party hardware makers, like Ecobee, Huawei, and Ford, for free. That same month, Amazon also unveiled the Alexa Skills Kit, which developers can use to create custom voice capabilities, like being able to request an Uber or listen to daily Oprah affirmations. There are now over 12,000 skills.
The development kits were a hit with developers. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January, some reports, noting the dozens of Alexa-enabled devices on the showroom floor, declared Alexa the “voice assistant du jour,” the “belle of the ball,” “the “winner” and “darling” of the show.
I brought up Alexa’s post-CES buzz with Ecobee CEO Stuart Lombard, who said frankly, “How many of those products have actually made it to market?”
(Answer: very few.)
Despite all of the support tools and documentation Amazon provides to ease integration, implementing Alexa Voice Service turns out to be incredibly difficult, requiring many months of testing and lots of audio expertise.
The onus is on manufacturers to build wake word detection, clear speech capture, and selective noise cancelation into their products. Companies interested in adding Alexa to their products need the bandwidth to perform those tests, which may be why it’s taken so long for companies like Ecobee (and Sonos, which announced its Alexa integration late last year and has not yet unveiled a product) to ship devices.
In a statement, Amazon spokesperson Daniel Gabis commented that, “There are tens of thousands of third-party developers now who are working on integrating Alexa into their own products. We work closely with developers and OEMs to ensure their Alexa products will provide a great experience for customers. This includes providing support during the design, build, and launch of the product, APIs, and documentation.”
The key to voice-enabled products is far-field voice recognition technology, or, more simply put, the ability to hear the wake word from any direction, with some amount of background noise, even if there’s a good amount of distance between you and the speaker. In my original review of the Echo, I loved being able to ask Alexa, in my kitchen, to add stuff to my shopping list. from bed.
Amazon offers exactly what makes that technology possible to developers — its seven-microphone array design — in a public, ready-to-use development kit. But many third-party manufacturers, like Ecobee, will need to redevelop much of that design from the ground up.