by, Rob Rutledge
Furthering the journey towards a Smart Home, both the Nest and Ecobee thermostat optionshave very good reviews, and both have very cool technology behind them. As an example I could adjust my home’s temperature while I am out of the house from a convenient app on my phone. The price of both is about the same (within $10). It will come down to how I want to use them, and what will work best for my specific situation. For instance, both have a motion sensing capability, and both will learn from how I adjust the temperature. The motion sensing capability is particularly interesting to me as I only need my home to be cooled if I am currently using it, not while I am at the grocery store or out for a walk. The challenge is that when I am at home, I often work from my office for hours at a time and that is not where my thermostat is located. While I could schedule a walk by my thermostat every so often, that does not fulfill my desire to use technology to make my life easier rather than more complicated. The EcoBee has a solution built in with remote sensors that I can place in different locations of my home. That can provide the added benefit of helping keep the temperature consistent throughout the home. I don’t have that issue with my home temperature, but I do want the motion detection of the remote sensor to eliminate having to walk by the thermostat or risk it thinking I am not home and trying to save some energy at the expense of my comfort. Therefore, I will give the Ecobee a try and let you know how it goes.