In need of a new thermostat for your home? I looked at the ecobee3 vs ecobee4 smart thermostats. The big difference between the two is that the ecobee3 does not come with Amazon Alexa built-in whereas the ecobee4 does come with Alexa buit-in. The following video provides details of the ecobee3 versus the ecobee4:
Even though the ecobee4 was a bit more expensive, I decided that having Alexa built-in was worth the difference so I decided to go with the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with, Room Sensor Included. I did a a lot of research and have detailed in this post everything I found. Hopefully, it gives you all the necessary information you need to determine if the ecobee4 is a goods fit for your situation.
Which to choose, the ecobee3 vs echobee4 smart thermostat?
There are so many different home automation smart devices on the market these days it can be crazy and overwhelming (go check out our Smart Home section to see all of the other posts we have on this topic). Personally, I don’t have a “smart home” but continually keep up to date and try new things our as I can. Recently my thermostat starts acting really weird and couldn’t be fixed… so I needed a new one. The thought of being able to have some thermostat controls on my smart phone seemed very convenient and that is when I started looking.
The ecobee4 smart thermostat with room sensor really caught my eye visually I think it looks very sleek and minimal, but offers a bunch of functionally if that is what you are into. There is another version that ecobee offers that is called the ecobee3 lite, it has a few less features, but visually looks very similar.
The ecobee4 product description is as follows. With built-in Alexa voice service, ecobee4 can listen to your voice commands and respond. Have it set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more. It also works well with other Alexa Devices by supporting ESP, so that only the device closest to you responds to your commands. It also comes with a room sensor that helps manage hot or cold spots in your home, delivering comfort in the rooms that matter. And because they can detect occupancy, they can automatically enable the right mode on your ecobee4 for energy savings when it senses no one is home. It offers a touch screen and is 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall by 1 inch thick.
What are the main features and advantages of the ecobee4?
- SAVE MONEY: Homeowners save up to 23% annually on heating or cooling costs, plus ecobee pays for itself in under 2 years (compared to a hold of 72 degrees).
- ROOM SENSORS: Place them in the rooms that matter the most and have the temperature balanced throughout your whole home. Measuring both occupancy and temperature, sensors signal your ecobee Smart Thermostat to automatically switch to the right mode for comfort when you’re home or for savings when you’re not. One Room Sensor included, 2-pack sold separately
- EASILY INSTALL YOURSELF: It only takes about 30 minutes, thanks to an easy to follow installation guide and an in-app step-by-step walkthrough. Everything you need comes in the box, including a Power Extender Kit for homes with no common wire (C-wire).
- CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE: Easily adjust your thermostat from wherever you are using your iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) or Android device. The ecobee mobile app is available in the App Store or on Google Play.
- BUILT-IN ALEXA: Control your thermostat using your voice with built-in Alexa. Ask to play music, hear the news, set a timer, adjust the temperature, and so much more. Wifi connectivity is ieee 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz. Tip-make sure your HVAC panel is fully closed. Some systems will not turn on if the cover panel has not been closed properly.Voltage Type:Line Voltage
How to install an echobee4 smart thermostat?
The installation of this thermostat is pretty straight forward, but the full installation depends on what your current thermostat setup is like. I believe my installation would have been “hard” but even then I didn’t feel overwhelmed at all and it went pretty quickly. If you feel any hesitation on the install process, please contact a professional. A DIY install is possible and below is a detailed video that might help, but we don’t take any responsibility for a failed installation if you try.
Another Install depending on your thermostat setup
Ecobee4 Frequently Asked Questions
Some common questions I saw during my time researching this smart home thermostat will be mentioned below:
Will this smart thermostat work in my older home?
Generally it comes down to the furnace that you have in your home. My home was built in the 70’s, but I have a high efficiency furnace so it worked for mine without issue. Thankfully ecobee has a comparability helper to see if you furnace will work. ecobee Compatability Checker
Why is this smart thermostat better then others for older homes?
I feel the biggest advantage of this smart thermostat over most of the others is the ability to add room sensors to your thermostat. So in my older home, the insulation isn’t done as well as new homes. So one side of my home is always colder then the other. I have a sensor set up in the cold area and I have the thermostat using that as the main temperature. So I know that part of the house will always be the temperature I want. This allows me full control and that wasn’t the case with many of the other smart thermostats on the market. Setting up multiple sensors is really straight forward as well take a look:
Is the smart phone app and online app easy to use?
Do you ever experience wifi connection issues on your ecobee4?
The connectivity is amazing in my experience. To this day the only connection issue I have had is when the houses power went out hah. Other then that I have always been able to connect to it from my phone anytime I needed to with no issue.
Is is easy to setup the thermostat daily schedule?
Very easy to go through and setup your daily schedule. Check out the video below for a visual walk-through of the simple process:
Can I turn my furnace on and off from anywhere in the world?
Yes exactly. As long as you have an internet or cell data connection on your phone you can access and control your thermostat no problem!
On Amazon the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa, Room Sensor Included has over 1500 reviews and have a solid 4 stars out of 5 user rating. Reading through the reviews many are helpful and very happy with their ecobee4 purchases. Some people mentioned some issues with their devices and also with ecobee support. In my experience with support, they are very helpful and knowledgeable.
Am I happy with my ecobee4 smart thermostat?
If I had to do it all over again I would make my purchase again, I have been very happy with the product and its functionality… I think it has even helped me save some cash on my heating bill!
Reading through the reviews many are helpful and very happy with their ecobee4 purchases. Some people mentioned some issues with their devices and also with ecobee support. In my experience with support, they are very helpful and knowledgeable. If I had to do it all over again I would make my purchase again.