Ecobee has formally launched its newest thermostat, the merely named SmartThermostat. This fifth-generation model appears to be like similar to 2017’s Ecobee4, and it shares that model’s built-in Alexa smart speaker features. However, the brand new SmartThermostat does have plenty of upgrades, together with quicker efficiency, a louder, higher-quality speaker, more excellent supplies, and a very redesigned remote sensor. The SmartThermostat is on the market beginning in the present day for a similar $249 worth because of the prior model from Ecobee’s web site, Amazon, Best Buy, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

So far as its linked options go, the SmartThermostat has precisely the same capabilities because of the Ecobee4 and Ecobee3 earlier than that. (In reality, if you’re upgrading from an Ecobee3 or Ecobee4 to the SmartThermostat, you’ll be able to program your current room sensors to work with the brand new thermostat.) It has the entire stuff you need in a sensible thermostat: smart scheduling, smartphone app management, and presence detection so it could actually robotically inform if you’re at house or not and regulate your HVAC system accordingly. Ecobee’s key differentiator is the included remote sensor, which lets you measure the temperature in several elements of your house and stability the system accordingly, without the necessity for several zones.

The remote sensor may detect the presence, so the system can bias itself based mostly on the place individuals are in your house, which is one thing Nest’s optional remote sensors can’t do. The SmartThermostat’s remote sensor has a very new design, with as much as five years of battery life, a pairing varies of as much as 60feet, and improved extensive-angle detection of movement exercise. It additionally comes with a magnetic mount, and a wall mount included within the field along with the stand for extra versatile placement choices. The SmartThermostat contains one sensor within the area; you should buy extra in packs of two for $79. The system can assist as much as 32 sensors at a time.