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ecobee Smart Thermostat 4 Heat-2 Cool with Full Color Touch Screen

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ecobee Smart Thermostat 4 Heat-2 Cool with Full Color Touch Screen

Product Features

  • Intuitive User Interface makes it easy to quickly set a personalized program
  • Built-In Wi-Fi enabled. Adjust settings anywhere, anytime via Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet.
  • Build-In Live Weather Functions to assist in saving the most energy possible
  • Mobile Apps available for Apple IOS and Google Android smart phone and tablets
  • Broadband Internet access required for Wi-Fi, Weather, and Mobile features

Product Description

More than just a thermostat, The EB-STAT-02 features Wi-Fi Connectivity to the Internet, Cool Mobile Apps, Easy Web Portal, Live Weather, and a Full Color Screen. Secure Online Web Portal for Remote Management and diagnostics. Free over-the-air Software Upgrades. Gas, Oil, Electric, Boiler, and Heat Pump Compatible. 365 Day Scheduling, 7-Day Programmable, Vacation Programming. Humidifier, dehumidifier and ventilator control. Free Smartphone / Tablet App. Downloadable System Reports.

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The ecobee Smart Thermostat (view larger).

The ecobee Smart thermostat:
the easiest way to control your home comfort — even when you’re not home.

Smart. Really, really smart.

ecobee works behind the scenes to understand how your home uses energy, and then finds ways to save without compromising your comfort. And with 50 percent of your home’s energy use coming from heating and cooling, it means a lower energy bill for you. So now you can feel good about having a really comfortable home, no matter what it’s like outside.

Comfort and Savings from Day One

ecobee immediately optimizes your energy use so you can save comfortably. Homeowners saved an average of 24 percent on heating and 21 percent on cooling annually.

(Compared to leaving the thermostat on hold at 72 degrees F)
Home IQ Energy Report

Home IQ is a free personalized monthly report that shows your energy usage and savings. This helps you better understand how your monthly temperature settings and the weather outside impacts your energy bill.

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Monthly report (view larger).

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ecobee Rating

ecobee monitors your home’s energy performance and rates its overall efficiency. A low score means energy efficient upgrades are recommended, while a high score means you can be confident your home is performing well.

ecobee also tracks more detailed information on equipment performance which can be helpful when troubleshooting system problems when they arise.

Control From Your Smartphone

You can connect to your ecobee thermostat anytime, anywhere using your smart phone, tablet, or desktop to control your settings, see your savings, and check that everything is working fine.

Download the free ecobee app for your Android, Blackberry, or iPhone.

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Control your ecobee remotely from your smartphone (view larger).

Make a Meaningful Difference to the Environment

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ecobee makes it easy to manage the energy efficiency of your home — an important contribution towards a healthier world around us.

Learn more at ecobee.com/myhome.

What’s in the Box
  • ecobee Smart thermostat
  • Equipment Interface Module
  • Installation Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
System Compatibility
  • Conventional (3H/2C)
  • Heat pump (4H/2C)
  • Gas, oil, electric
  • Humidifier, Dehumidifier
  • Ventilator
  • Dual fuel systems
  • Auxiliary heat
Product Features
  • Full color touch screen
  • Secure personal web portal
  • DataRhythm Technology
  • Free mobile apps to control HVAC remotely
  • Supports 2 dry contact inputs
  • Optional Remote Sensor Module
  • Home IQ Energy Report
  • Automated alerts and reminders
  • Live weather
  • Free software upgrades
  • No monthly fees
  • Works in most homes

List Price: $ 454.00

Savings: 129

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Customer Reviews


250 of 261 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely better than my Nest was., December 5, 2012
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This review is from: ecobee Smart Thermostat 4 Heat-2 Cool with Full Color Touch Screen (Tools & Home Improvement)

After weeks of putting up with two flaky Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577 units, I gave up on Nest and decided to give this a shot. So far, it’s been pretty decent.

Since the two are similarly-priced, and there are lots of reviews about each model, I’ll offer a comparison.

INSTALLATION:
Without question, this is harder to install than a Nest. In saying that though, some people are going to find the installation much easier than others.

First, the ecobee has a relatively large panel that needs to go “somewhere” between your furnace and thermostat. For my setup, my furnace and thermostat share different sides of the same wall. So, wiring could have been as simple as cutting the thermostat line somewhere in the middle, wiring up R/W/G/Y in the panel, and using the remaining wire to do +/-/I/O to the thermostat.

The tricky part is getting power to the panel. I decided I was going to run a common wire, and after changing out the physical wire, I realized that I didn’t know as much about 24V as I thought. Now, I *could* learn some more about HVAC wiring, or I *could* check and see if I have a 12V wall wort type of transformer.

Sure enough, I had a 12V transformer from an old Linksys router, and my power problem was easily solved. Then I connected my humidifier to the first ACC terminals, and I was set.

The Nest, on the other hand, required no wire cutting, and draws power from the existing wiring. However, it’s notoriously unstable. Om my particular system, it would complain about improper wiring for ten minutes or more, if the power had been cut. Others have reported the battery slowly discharging. Easy to install, not so easy to maintain.

INTELLIGENCE
The Nest tries to learn when you come and go, and when you adjust the thermostat, and creates schedules accordingly. In my experience, it creates them totally wrong — not noticing for hours when the house is empty, arbitrarily turning on the heat to a temperature it had never been set to, allowing a wide variance on either side of the temperature you set it at.

The ecobee, on the other hand, tries to learn how your house and furnace work. It isn’t going to learn that you like it to be 73 when you first wake up, but it is going to learn how long it takes to make sure your house is 73 when you tell it you wake up.

CONNECTIVITY
Both Nest and ecobee offer a web interface. Nest is bright, clear, and easy to use. It’s like using Apple’s iCloud service. On the other hand, ecobee is full of options that aren’t necessarily clear to laypeople, was designed for someone data-driven, and is as inviting as reconfiguring your home router for fun.

On the IOS / Android side, Nest presents a smaller (though fully-functional) version of their web interface. Brilliantly, ecobee did just the opposite. Their mobile application presents an interface that looks just like your thermostat’s interface. Very, very smart.

DATA
Nest shows you a cute daily bar that represents 24 hours in a day. When there’s a red slash, the furnace was on. Blue for A/C. Some days, you’ll get an arbitrary leaf.

Fire up Microsoft Excel 2010 if you want to get granular with the ecobee, because every five minutes, it logs:
*Date
*Time
*System Setting (heat / cool / off)
*System Mode (compressor, heating stage, etc.)
*Calendar Event
*Program Name
*Cool Set Temp
*Heat Set Temp
*Actual Temp (accurate within 1/10 degree)
*Humidity Set Point
*Actual Humidity
*Outdoor Temp
*Wind Speed
*Cool Stage1 (seconds)
*Heat Stage1 (seconds)
*Fan (seconds)
*Humidifier (seconds)
*DM Offset

So, you wind up with something that looks like this:
Date Time System Setting System Mode Calendar Event Program Mode Cool Set Temp (F) Heat Set Temp (F) Current Temp (F) Humidity Set Point (%RH) Current Humidity (%RH) Outdoor Temp (F) Wind Speed (km/h) Cool Stage 1 (sec) Heat Stage 1 (sec) Fan (sec) Humidifier (sec) DM Offset
12/3/2012 0:00:00 cool compressorCoolOff Kevin Up 72 68 71.8 0 49 45 0 0 0 120 0
12/3/2012 0:05:00 cool compressorCoolOff Kevin Up 72 68 71.9 0 50 45 0 0 0 0 0
12/3/2012 0:10:00 cool compressorCoolOff Kevin Up 72 68 71.9 0 49 45 0 0 0 270 0
12/3/2012 0:15:00 cool compressorCoolOff Kevin Up 72 68 71.8 0 50 45 0 0 0 180 0

It’s exportable as a CSV, or if you want to scour your info from ecobee’s page, it looks like they’ve got some RRDTool implementation running.

CONSTRUCTION QUALITY
The Nest is the one…

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106 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVE this thermostat!, May 12, 2011
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MikeK (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This review is from: ecobee Smart Thermostat 4 Heat-2 Cool with Full Color Touch Screen (Tools & Home Improvement)
Synopsis:
Yes, this is a pricey thermostat – there is no disputing that but, this isn’t a clunky time clock that just adjusts the temperature set point a few times a day either. Plain and simple, it’s a computer to monitor and control your home environment and it does this very well.

Prior to purchase…
The Ecobee website (ecobee.com) has links to download the installation and operating manuals and is well worth a look prior to purchasing the unit. There are no fewer than a dozen different wiring diagrams for various single or multi-stage configurations including heat pumps.

My situation:
I purchased the EB-STAT-02 for my vacation home. I may use the home on the weekend, a couple of weeks in a row or, I may not visit for a month. A traditional “time clock” thermostat just doesn’t fill the need – I may as well just have a conventional thermostat and deal with waiting for the system to adjust when I arrive.

Complicating my irregular visitation and use of the house, I have a somewhat unique 2 stage heating / 1 stage cooling system. Not that it’s all that “unique”, it’s just not typical. I have a hydronic radiant floor heating system as stage 1 that is augmented by electric forced air as stage 2. Cooling is via a single stage forced air system. A radiant floor heating system is very slow to react to significant temperature changes. What this means is that if I just drop in unplanned for a winter weekend, the weekend may be over before the stage 1 temperature to comes up to its set point. The ability to adjust the settings remotely is *huge* for me. (I know, I know – radiant floor heating for a vacation home?? It’s a future retirement home too!)

The installation:
Given the fact that there is no industry color standard for control wiring for residential heating and air conditioning, the installation for my system was likely more difficult than most will ever experience. Did I mention that I also have sensors for the floor slab temperature and outdoor temperature adding 4 more wires into the mix? (I purchased the remote sensor module add-on for up to 4 external sensors.) This is where Ecobee’s tech support comes in. Even though the Ecobee website is up front about urging you to find a contractor in your area to install your stat and the warranty contains the standard disclaimers to discourage DIY’ers, Ecobee’s tech support was great. I communicated with them via email since I wasn’t at the house and I was pre-planning. I emailed them diagrams of my previous stat wiring and what I thought was the correct new wiring, asking for opinions. They identified a jumper that I needed for proper staging. Email responses weren’t instantaneous, it took a day or so but, if I was in a hurry, I would have called.
Setting the thermostat up for internet access (wireless!) was completely painless. Typing on the thermostat’s on screen “keyboard” was a lot like sending email on a smart phone – cumbersome to me but not too bad.

Operation:
My thermostat is all connected now and working fine. I still have to review and tweak the program settings to decide things such as what the temperature differences between stage 1 and 2 should be. There are numerous customizable settings in addition to the typical wake up / away / return / sleep time settings.

Internet Access!
After the initial installation and set-up, I seldom make any changes on the thermostat, I use my browser instead. I go right to my thermostat and monitor what the set point is and adjust it if I want to. I can review and download the temperature set point data, internal humidity and temperature readings and even have it email specific data to me such as temperature out of range and air handler filter change needed.

Smartphone Access too!
Although not as comprehensive as the web browser access, there is a free app for your Smartphone that you can use to make adjustments.

Summary:
All in all, I’m very pleased with the Ecobee thermostat, the only drawback (if you can call it that) is price. However, it’s not at all fair to compare the price of this unit to a traditional thermostat because feature-wise, there is no comparison. It’s like comparing a radio to the HDTV – on either device at the end of the ballgame you’ll know who won, but it’s a very different experience getting there.

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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Gets the job done but poor interface design, February 18, 2013
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This review is from: ecobee Smart Thermostat 4 Heat-2 Cool with Full Color Touch Screen (Tools & Home Improvement)
Last fall I purchased two different “smart” thermostats to try out before we made a decision on which to use throughout our home. The ecobee was recommended by a local architect. We’ve used the thermostats for 5 months straight, and I think we will likely go with the other brand due to ease of installation and ease of use issues with the ecobee. That said, the ecobee is a good product.
Pros:
-Reliable. While occasionally the ecobee seems to spontaneously go offline and display its flapping wings logo (is it updating itself?), it always comes back online automatically and has never required a reset.
-Reasonably good looking
-Programming using the web-based interface is easy
-Does what it is supposed to do and is controllable remotely if you create an ecobee account and link the termostat
-Allows for direct control of variables like temperature differential (i.e., do you want it to turn on and off at +/- 1 degree from the set temperature or +/- 2, etc.)
Cons:
-Thermostat touch screen is a textbook example of bad user interface design — i.e., they opted for a slick looking slider instead of simple +/- buttons. I do not have large fingers and I can almost never get the slider where I want it on the first try. It drives me nuts that the hardest thing to do on this user interface is set the temperature.
-The iPhone app is very limited and similarly frustrating. For example you can do a temporary override to any temperature but you cannot change the duration of the hold (it defaults to 4 hours). Or you can enter “quicksave” mode which indefinitely lowers the temperature by a preset amount (default is 4 degrees), but you cannot change the amount of the temperature change from the app. For most other functions you need to log in to the website to control remotely or program.
-Install requires someone reasonably knowledgeable about his or her HVAC system or else professional installation
-Because it requires installation of two boxes (interface module connects to heating and cooling systems while the thermostat connects to interface module) it might require a significant run of new wire unless the heating and cooling system controls are in the same location. For most people with forced air systems this is not an issue, but could be when combining AC with steam or hot water baseboard systems.

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