It is impossible to write a review of any intelligent thermostat without addressing the elephant in the room: the Nest thermostat. As David Pierce of WIRED has said, the Nest has been the gateway to intelligent ownership of the thermostat for millions. It was my family's first intelligent thermostat. When Nest first appeared, we installed it, downloaded the application and rubbed our hands happily. Energy savings! Controlling the temperature remotely! That beautiful sphere!
But, the burgeoning home romance soured over time. For years, we live with the whims of the Nest as if it were an elderly loved relative, but grumpy. I work from home, and every morning I sat on my computer, worked for several hours and gradually realized that my fingers were turning into icicles. El Nido thought the house was unoccupied and lowered the temperature accordingly.
As it was mounted in the hallway, we had to constantly monitor the children after they went to bed at 7 p.m. The rooms were always boiling or frozen. For a few weeks, the Nest inexplicably raised the temperature to a stifling 74 degrees at 4 a.m. every morning. His predictive algorithm was, shall we say, less than accurate.
I say this to not complain about the Nest (well, maybe a little ] but to illustrate the difference with the Ecobee4. In the two weeks that we had it installed, I did not once have to jump out of bed, sweating, in the dark of the night. That alone is a surprising improvement in my quality of life.
Sense and sensitivity
The Ecobee4 is easy to install. Screw the mounting plate, screw it through the cables and attach the thermostat instead of the previous one. Unlike many thermostats, intelligent or not, the Ecobee4 comes with a remote sensor. You can buy additional remote sensors in packs of two.
The addition of additional sensors made the Ecobee4 the most effective thermostat we have ever had. Once we install the Ecobee4, you can select which sensors will participate in the comfort configuration. The Ecobee4 then averages those readings and adjusts its HVAC system accordingly. By selecting only the sensors in the rooms, we can ensure that children remain unbaked and thawed throughout the night.
Through the website, the application or the thermostat, you can also set a "home", "far" and "sleep" "Schedule, set holiday dates and set reminders to change your filter or alert you in case of discharges temperatures, which is useful if you leave pets in the house during the summer.You can also set the reference comfort settings for "Start", "Away" and "Sleep" so that the temperature does not rise at 4 a.m. , Which is all I ask for on a given day.
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9659006] A large part of Nest's charm is that round, gleaming sphere, and the irresistible click of tactile feedback as it turns The Ecobee4 interface is much more working, with a bright touch screen that shows the time, the indoor and outdoor temperatures as you pass, with a blue light at the top that flashes when you speak. 1965 9002] I have found that the information that Ecobee4 shows is much more useful than what the Nest tells you, which only shows the interior temperature. And if "less beautiful than impressive" were a real problem, all the actresses would look like Cate Blanchett.
Instead of a beautiful dial, the Ecobee4 has an incorporated Alexa and is compatible with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT. He is an additional household assistant in the hallway, one who also tracks the humidity in the house and monitors our energy use.
Although the Ecobee4 might be less convenient if you've chosen to mount yours in a less central location, I've found ours much more useful for summoning Alexa than the Echo in the kitchen. My morning routine now consists of checking the weather and making an emergency copy of "Let It Go" while you saw the child.
If aesthetics is your main concern, then it is difficult to get away from the magnificent Nest. But in terms of functionality, the Ecobee4 is simply a much better product, especially since, as of its publication, it offers a better integration of smart homes than Nest offers for less. Perhaps the most important service, however, is the one that, by design, we hardly notice at all. I have not had to adjust the temperature once. The best smart home thermostat is the one that can be ignored safely and easily.