Ecobee3 Lite cuts smart thermostat's price while keeping Apple HomeKit support



  • Reply 21 of 23
    vmarksvmarks Posts: 713editor
    rob53 said:
    No room sensors? I like the Nest's ability to sense movement in the area allowing it to reduce the heat when nobody is there. That's one feature I wish Ecobee would leave in, and drop price further. 
    I think they leave proximity in the main thermostat, but Ecobee's main selling point on the earlier models was the ability to use auxiliary room sensors called Lil Bee, which you'd place in other rooms in the house to make the ecobee more aware of the other rooms. This one doesn't work with those.
  • Reply 22 of 23
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,303member
    wizard69 said:
    Why would any body pay 169 for a thermostat?

    How could anybody be dumb enough to even ask that question?
  • Reply 23 of 23
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,303member
    Even without external room sensors, doesn't the Ecobee allow for programmed functionality and controls via an iPhone (or Android phone)?

    I imagine this would be a popular or more appropriate device for apartment dwellers or smaller homes. And unless you run around opening and closing vents/registers, a single HVAC unit is going to make some rooms hot when trying to warm another room, or some rooms cold when just trying to cool a given room.

    Unless someone is doing an air balance for the house, I think external sensors may be a little overrated. Now in some kind of Bill Gates über smart home, where the vents might be electronically linked to the sensors, HVAC, and subject to IFTTT magic, external sensors would really be beneficial.

    I'm not saying external sensors are useless or anything close, just that users should manage their expectations.

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