Hands-on with the ecobee3 smart thermostat

By Mark Guim on 30 Sep 2014 07:30 pm

Earlier this month, ecobee has introduced the ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat and wireless remote sensors. What makes it stand out is that it can measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort when you're home and energy savings when you're away. We got up close and personal with the ecobee3 on Monday. Go watch the video!

The ecobee3 features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a newly designed user interface. Working with its remote sensors, the ecobee3 recognizes which rooms are occupied and automatically adjusts the temperature based on the readings in those rooms. The more sensors you add, the smarter your ecobee3 becomes at delivering comfort where it matters and savings where it counts.

The iOS and Android apps have a very similar user interface from the actual thermostat.

The ecobee3 smart thermostat with remote sensor is available now in the US and Canada for $249 through their website, ecobee.com. It comes with one free wireless remote sensor. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79. Do you want this in your home? Let us know what you think!

Reader comments

Hands-on with the ecobee3 smart thermostat


So this is for a multi furnace set up then? How does it adjust the temp in a room if there is only one furnace, isn't that a waste of energy to get the temp of one room up while also changing the temp in the whole house?

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A lot of residential setups have uneven heating and cooling, and it might not be feasible to fix properly (renting for example, or cost prohibitive).

This would allow the system to detect that you are in that home office room that always runs warm in the summer, and ignore the hallway main thermostat temp while the office is occupied. But then go back to normal behavior when the office is empty.

And of course you still get control and info over temps and cycle times which I certainly find useful in getting temps right to the threshold of comfort and savings.

(note: we are in a smallish ranch and just bought a Smart Si this spring, plan to stick with it for our usage)

Usually when there is a temperature difference between one room an another, the system can run the fan (without heating or cooling), to equalize the temperature. With additional sensors, the thermostat can make smarter decisions on when to heat, cool, and/or run the fan.