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ecobee Reviews Thermostats

Review: Ecobee’s SmartThermostat is their smartest yet, but convenience comes at a (small) cost to privacy

Just in time for the winter heating season here in North America, Toronto-based Ecobee rolled out the 5th iteration of its popular flagship thermostat. Simply titled the Ecobee SmartThermostat, this update is notable for its improvements to the in-unit Alexa (both microphone and speaker) and the redesigned room temperature sensor. A major free software update […]

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ecobee Thermostats

ecobee’s new SmartThermostat gets better at everything – except being a thermostat

The ecobee4’s successor is here: parent-company ecobee dropped the “4” and dubbed the latest iteration of their flagship product the ecobee SmartThermostat. What’s new with the ecobee SmartThermostat In short, the SmartThermostat is a big upgrade for Alexa features with some technology updates to improve speed and connectivity. Glass screen (earlier models have a plastic […]

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ecobee Thermostats

Review: ecobee4 adds Alexa, keeps everything else that makes an Ecobee thermostat awesome

Our ecobee4 Alexa-enabled smart thermostat rating: The ecobee4 at a glance Voice control, integration with a variety of home automation systems, and a sleek, easy-to-use interface – the ecobee4 has it all. It’s easy to set up and schedule, it offers fine-tuned control over your HVAC’s features, and the remote temperature sensors are well-loved by users with […]

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Server outage? Here’s what happens to your smart thermostat

This winter saw a series of frustrating server outages for smart thermostat owners, particularly Nest and Ecobee. Frequent outages make it difficult to use the thermostat the way most people want to: remotely through an app. Smart thermostats have two important jobs: be a thermostat and be online, so when the servers go down and […]

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Home automation Knowledgebase

What is geofencing and how do smart thermostats use it?

Your smart thermostat can use your phone’s location to figure out if you’re home or not. What is geofencing? Imagine an invisible border surrounding your home. When you’re “inside” the border you’re considered to be “home”, so your thermostat makes things nice and comfy for you. When you’re outside that boundary, your thermostat lets the […]

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Emerson Sensi Honeywell Reviews Thermostats

Comparison: Emerson Sensi ST55 vs. Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat (RTH6580WF)

In this article: we compared the Emerson Sensi ST55 to the Honeywell RTH6580WF to determine the best budget WiFi thermostat. Today we’re taking a look at two of the most popular budget-priced smart thermostats, the Emerson Sensi ST55 and the Honeywell RTH6580WF. They’re both popular they offer WiFi connectivity and a smartphone app while still being […]

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Knowledgebase Nest Thermostats

No C-wire? Install a Nest thermostat at your own risk

Nest says you don’t need a C-wire – until you do. Read enough Nest reviews and you’ll eventually spot a common theme: Nests sometimes fail in systems without a C-wire. We were curious about these seemingly “random” Nest failures, so we called a few local HVAC companies and asked them for their off-the-cuff opinion on […]

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Buyer's Guides Holiday Guide

Best WiFi-enabled Smart Thermostats of 2018 – Holiday Buyers Guide

We are back with a brand new edition of our annual buyer’s guide! Whether you’re giving (or hoping to get), this quick guide will help you figure out which WiFi thermostat is right for you. What’s new this year This year was light on new models, but a number of updates and new accessories hit […]

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ecobee Knowledgebase Nest

Crunching the numbers: 3rd-party projects and alternative ways to analyze your Ecobee or Nest data

Ecobee and Nest both offer emailed monthly data reports containing information such as how many minutes your system ran, whether it was heating or cooling, etc., but the reports don’t give as much nitty-gritty detail as many users would like (and you have to wait at least a month to get them). Fortunately, a few independent projects […]

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6 reasons you might NOT save a bundle with a smart thermostat

How much money can you actually save with a smart thermostat? As it turns out, that’s a complicated question. The answer depends on your existing habits, preferences, the climate you live in, and more. The savings look impressive (up to 20% in some cases) and the claims sound bold (can a smart thermostat really pay […]