This holiday season, while you’re staying toasty warm by the fire, is your second floor bedroom freezing? If the kitchen is toasty warm with holiday baking and visitors, does that leave your kid’s playroom downright frosty? It’s so frustrating trying to ensure everyone is comfortable, especially during the winter months. Yet, everything flips in the summer when you need the air conditioner on at night to cool down the bedrooms for sleeping, yet the main floor requires a blanket for comfort.
I’ve got the answer for you, and if you’re looking for a Christmas gift OR shopping after the holidays for the new year, you need to check out the the ecobee4 smart thermostat! Here are some of the awesome features our household has come to love:
Most thermostats are in a hallway somewhere on the main floor of the household. I’m sure you, like me, have been in another area of the house that’s also commonly occupied and noticed how different the temperature is. In the summer, for example, our second floor is always warmer than the main floor, but the air conditioner doesn’t turn on because the temp on the main floor is perfectly fine and doesn’t need cooling.
The ecobee4 comes with a room sensor that you can place in another area, that will help manage hot and cold spots. For us, it’s definitely on our second floor main bedroom.
I can’t imagine how different our home energy bills would be if we didn’t have a programmable thermostat, the ecobee4’s most basic function. All smart thermostats have this very basic feature but where the ecobee4 takes it up a notch is with its Smart Home/Away settings. If you have a regular work schedule, you would set the home and away times on your ecobee4 with specific temperatures to maintain during that time. But, let’s say that you’re home for the day with a child sick at home. The ecobee4 Smart Home/Away capability detects when you’re home during an away time for example, and adjusts the temperature to the Home setting. Amazing right? This, of course, can help save your household money too when you’re Away during a normal Home time, by lowering the temperature accordingly when it doesn’t sense any movement. I love this!
Oh Hi Alexa!
A fun, and useful, feature of the ecobee4 smart thermostat is that it’s Alexa enabled. The whole family has been enjoying this feature, with my youngest (7) asking Alexa to tell her a joke every day, or my older kids asking Alexa to play a particular song or artist. We’ve had a few fun conversations at the table, checking to see if Alexa will play Metallica, for example, or asking Alexa to tell us about the news highlights that day. A quick weather check with Alexa while I’m grabbing backpacks and heading out the door is awesome too. Oh, and you can also add to a shopping list (I haven’t done this yet, which is probably a good thing!)
Comfort On The Go
And, of course, the ecobee4 can be accessed via an App right on your phone so you can easily check in on the household temp and change it as needed (I love this feature in the summer, for example, when coming home from a family holiday and setting the AC to turn on a few hours ahead of our arrival.) I also use it in the mornings if we’re up earlier than my scheduled time, to turn up the heat before we head downstairs. It’s the little things, people. 🙂
The ecobee4 can be purchased directly from ecobee.com for $329, with free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee (which you won’t need because you’ll fall in love with it in 3 days). It also has a 3 year warranty should any issues come up along the way. You can also find ecobee products in stores like Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowes!
Here’s your chance to win an ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat for your household! Just fill in your name and email address in the form below and click BEGIN! Then, in the comments below, simply tell us one of your household temperature woes that you think the ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat can help with!