Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa - Your Smart Home Gets Smarter
Smart homes are the future and for a smart home to be smart it actually needs something that actually can keep its ambient plesant, and here is where the Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat with built-in Alexa comes in. Yes, that’s right we are going to review a smart thermostat, because being energy efficient and green is what makes a home really smart.
Ecobee has been in the thermostat business for a very long time now and they really made a name for themselves in the process with products like the Ecobee 3 Lite, Ecobee 3 and now the Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat with built-in Alexa. We are not goint to talk about the previus Ecobee 3 genertion as at this point the Ecobee 4 is something you should take in consideration when building your smart home.
The Ecobee 4 comes with a slick design, touch screen display as well as temperature and motion/proximity detection sensor. It can also be a nice accessory for tracking rooms with hot or cold spots and it is available in either white or black case.
The Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat comes with a power extender kit as well included in the package, and since it requires a C-wire to operate, you can use the power extender kit to add in the extra wire without rewiring your entire smart home system.
What makes the Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat actually smart
The Ecobee 4 comes with an administration pannel, and you can connect to it by simply downloading the app for either Android or iOS and follow the step-by-step instructions. Setting up the thermostat takes only a few minutes with the app, and once the thermostat is connected to your local area network, you can simply load the app and access it with your mobile phone. There is also a web app that can be used to access the thermostat from your laptop if you wish to do so.
The Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat is also compatible with a lot of smart home partners like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT. And, instead of simply integrating with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Tap speaker, the Ecobee 4 doubles as an Alexa speaker. Just as you would with a standalone device, you can ask Alexa to tell you a joke, to turn on your fan or to adjust your room temperature.
Adding other smart home integrations takes a little longer than the initial configuration, but it's still very straightforward. We linked the Ecobee 4 to HomeKit's Home app in iOS 12 (we did not have the chance to test it with iOS 13 just yet), as well as to a shared Amazon account. From here, we were able to control the thermostat with Siri via HomeKit and with Alexa directly from the Ecobee 4 thermostat.
Everything we tried worked well. Adjusting the thermostat at the source, with the mobile or web app as well as with Siri or Alexa voice control, and everything went just perfect. Adding an Alexa speaker to the thermostat also provided an additional layer of smarts.
The Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat became something like a central hub in the home, a place where we could ask Alexa for the weather, turn Alexa-enabled lighting on and off and more.
Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat Pricing and Conclusion
The Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat is a top-of-the-line product and it retails at $249. Ecobee har really shifted the paradigm with this product, making it the best smart thermostat available right now. If you ask yourself why to actually buy this? Well simple: it is a really cool peace of technology, reliable and it is actually very usefull in day by day usage.
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