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ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Remote Sensor
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: ecobee
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September 14, 2015

If you are like me, the Canadian based company ecobee may not have been on your radar. To be honest, I hadn't heard of them until I attended a tech show and was intrigued by their smart thermostat and their use of remote sensors. You may be more familiar with Nest and their smart thermostat, even though ecobee came out with their smart app-enabled thermostat first. The problem was these devices were not geared towards DIY'ers and were marketed by HVAC distributors and installers. About a year ago ecobee came out with the ecobee3 which changed all of that.

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For those not familiar with ecobee, here is a little history on how it was founded... Before founding ecobee in 2007, Stuart Lombard was on a mission to reduce his family's carbon footprint and save money. He found a lot of ways to conserve energy but most were complex and costly. However, he discovered that heating and cooling made up the majority of his home energy use. So, he tried a programmable thermostat. It turned out to be really complicated, even for someone with an engineering degree. And, unreliable. When Stuart and his family came home one winter day to find their house freezing, they'd had enough. He knew there had to be a better way and decided to build his own thermostat. A truly smart thermostat, that was easy to install, smart enough to deliver comfort, conserving energy and pay for itself in energy savings. That day, ecobee was born.

Features and Specifications:

As mentioned above, this smart thermostat utilizes remote sensors. Each kit comes with one sensor but you can add up to 32. The display is a 3.5" full color touch screen that can control most 1 and 2 stage HVAC systems (heating, cooling, and heat pumps), dehumidifier, humidifier, and ventilation devices. And all units currently shipping are Apple Home Kit certified. Below are some highlights, but for a complete list of features and specifications please check here.

Thermostat:
Temperature, humidity, motion and proximity sensors
Height 100mm
Width 100mm
Depth 22mm

Remote sensor:
Temperature and motion sensors.
Height 44mm (54mm with stand)
Width 44mm
Depth 20mm

Large trim plate:
Height 150mm
Width 150mm
Depth 15mm

Display:
3.5" Full color LCD touch screen
320 x 480 pixels

Compatible HVAC equipment:
Conventional (2H/2C)
Heat pump (4H/2C) including 2 stage heat
Gas, oil and electric.
Dual fuel
Humidity, dehumidification, ventilation and HRV or ERV control

Connectivity:
802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz
    WEP64, WEP 128, WPA and WPA2 encryption
    DHCP or static IP address
    168 bit SSL encryption
    Expected bandwidth 15-20MB/month
915MHz for remote sensors
ZigBee with expansion card

Other:
Power consumption < 3.5VA
Desired temp range: 45 to 92F
Display temp range: 40 to 100F
Sensitivity: +/- 1F
Operating temp range: 32 to 130F
Humidity display: 20-90%
Sensitivity: +/- 5%
Operating: 5-95% non-condensing
3 year warranty

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