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LurkingNoMore
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Smart thermostat
I am slowly trying to make my home smarter. I have an echo dot with some Phillips Hue lights. I am about to get a new HVAC and want to put a smart thermostat in with it. Suggestions?


Coomdaddy
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KY
Member since Aug 2017
142 posts

re: Smart thermostat
Bought the Ecobee w/Alexa a few months ago. Was an easy install and has worked great thus far. I "feel" like I'm saving money but it's hard to compare when our weather here in KY fluctuates wildly month to month and year to year.


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Oenophile Brah
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re: Smart thermostat
I suspect all of the highly rated smart thermostats are high functioning and would be considered good purchases. If you're looking for continual upgrades to the IOT, you may want to consider system compatibility. I don't know enough about that world, but my nest thermostat has brought considerable savings to my electric bill.
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DEG
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Atlanta
Member since Jul 2009
8716 posts

re: Smart thermostat
Save the money and buy a wifi thermostat. It's smart in that you can manage it remotely but won't learn your patterns.


Got Heeem
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Member since Sep 2012
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Got a Nest. Had a friend own both ecobee and nest and said ecobee was garbage. I was planning to get ecobee until he swayed me. Very happy with my purchase.
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TigerDaddy30
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: Smart thermostat
I own a Nest for my upstairs theater and extra bedroom, and 2 Ecobee thermostats downstairs for the rest of the house. I bought the Nest about a year ago, and am happy with it (although it's used more as just a regular wifi thermostat since there's not nearly as much traffic upstairs as there is downstairs). I went with the Ecobee thermostats downstairs because I have a couple of hot/cold zones in a couple of bedrooms, and the included Ecobee sensors have managed to fix that issue with ease.
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whodatdude
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re: Smart thermostat
Had a Honeywell Lyric and that was the biggest piece of garbage ever. Just bought a Nest a week ago and have had zero problems so far.


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LSUFootballLover
USA Fan
BR
Member since Oct 2008
1493 posts

re: Smart thermostat
Bought 3 nests for my new house. 2 Nest E and a regular Nest 3rd gen. Love them so far. Can control with the app, learns your typical behavior, geofencing etc



ZoneLiftGMC
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Smart thermostat
have a nest 1st gen that Ive had for almost 6 years and its still running strong. Also have a 3rd gen on my upstairs unit.

Ecobee is intriguing with the separate sensors, but I'm so tied into the nest ecosystem (2 thermostats, 5 cameras, Smoke/CO monitors, and pre-ordered door bell) that I cant abandon the thermostats.


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bodsworth
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Member since May 2015
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re: Smart thermostat
Cannot go wrong with a Nest


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djangochained
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re: Smart thermostat
I wish nest has sensor capabilities


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CajunMexican
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re: Smart thermostat
I chose the Ecobee over the nest for 2 reasons.

1. I have a heat pump and the Ecobee allows for much greater control of when and how long to use the heat pump vs aux. heat. I ran across some reviews where people were replacing their Nest with an Ecobee for this reason alone.

2. Room sensors. I have a bedroom that stayed warmer than the rest of the house. The room sensors have enabled me to better control the temperature throughout the house. You can also control which room sensors to watch and which to disable during the different times of the day. For example, my system only uses the bedroom sensors while we're sleeping but then only the main living area sensors during the day.

BTW, Costco currently has a sale on the Ecobee 3 with 3 room sensors for $180.


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