Ecobee is a Canadian home automation company that makes thermostats for residential and commercial use. The thermostats are controlled by using the built-in touchscreen or using a companion app available for iOS, Android and the Apple Watch.
The ecobee4 smart thermostat
|Founders||Stuart Lombard (President and CEO)|
Mark Malchiondo (VP of Software Development)
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
The ecobee4 is ecobee's flagship product which was originally launched May 3, 2017. It is a touchscreen thermostat that works with up to 32 remote temperature/motion sensors to adjust the thermostat based on where you are. It also has IFTTT integration. An updated version of the ecobee3 was released in 2015 that works with Apple HomeKit. The ecobee3 lite was released on October 17, 2016. The ecobee3 lite is a less expensive thermostat that resembles the ecobee3, but does not include any remote temperature sensors. Support for remote temperature sensors was added to the ecobee3 lite in March 2017.
On May 3, 2017, the company announced the unveiling of its 4th-generation product (ecobee4), which includes built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service.
The ecobee4, ecobee3 (and lite) allows the user to set different schedules each day for various modes, including home, away, and sleep. The remote sensors detect temperature and occupancy and can engage a Smart Away mode if no movement is detected. The ecobee3/4 integrates the remote sensors by controlling to the average room temperature for all sensors that are included in the mode setting (and detect occupancy, if enabled). A vacation mode can be programmed for extended times away from home.
With this smart thermostat, you can set convenient reminders for HVAC maintenance, Furnace filter replacement, UV Lamp replacement, as well as alerts for Low Temperature, High Temperature, Low Humidity, and High Humidity.
|Announcement Date||October 10, 2008||January 23, 2012||September 16, 2014||June 2, 2015||October 17, 2016||May 3, 2017|
|Launch Price||$249 (USD)||$249 (USD)||$169 (USD)||$249 (USD)|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches||5.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches||3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches||4 x 4 x 0.9 inches||4 x 4 x 0.8 inches||4.29 x 4.29 x.1.03 inches|
|Room Sensors||Wired (requires remote sensor module added to equipment interface module)||Wireless (max 32)|
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Ecobee was founded in 2007. It has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award for Canadian green technology companies, and the 2011 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the category of building automation.
In March 2018, ecobee raised a CA$80 million series C round of funding.
Ecobee products integrate with: Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Haiku Fans, IFTTT, Logitech Harmony, Vera, and Control4. Ecobee uses an open API for additional integration options.
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