ecobee has the ‘smartest’ thermostat available.
We moved into our house 10 years ago. The house was built in the late 1960s so of course, it had an older thermostat. One of the first upgrades we made to the house was to install a smart thermostat. We tried a Nest at first. I was an early adopter of that system and felt it was natural to continue with it.
In early 2014, Google acquired Nest Labs, the company that designed the Nest thermostat, for $3.2 billion. When that happened, I decided to migrate my smart thermostat interests over to ecobee.
Since I’m an Apple user, HomeKit has been my go-to for smart home management. So, when the Nest was bought by Google, I knew that HomeKit integrations were an unlikely option. To this day, Nest does not offer native HomeKit integration. ecobee, on the other hand, does work with HomeKit. So, in 2015, I adopted the ecobee3 as our smart thermostat.
It’s been a champ since day one, however, in the past year, it seems as though it is showing its age. I installed the unit we have in 2015 and haven’t had any issues with it until this winter.
We started experiencing random restarts of the thermostat and it had to ‘calibrate’ every single night. We did some troubleshooting to see if maybe it there was something software-wise that could be a fix, but in the end, it really seemed that the unit was just at the end of its life.
Fortunately, yesterday, ecobee announced the release of their newest thermostats — the ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium and ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced. I was like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning when I heard this news. I knew we needed to upgrade ours ASAP.
About ecobee Premium
One of the biggest draws to me with this newest release of ecobee thermostats was the built-in virtual assistant. The Enhanced version does…