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Geek Pick Ecobee Thermostat Is Smarter With Voice Control

first_imgGeek Pick: Shark Ion Cleaning System S87 Is a Pricey, Powerful Robot VacuumGeek Pick: Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug Is a Superb SocketGeek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storage Stay on target One nifty consequence of the internet of things trend is all of these classic appliances modernizing their designs to keep up with the rest of your slick smart home devices. This fifth-generation Ecobee Smart Thermostat is a stylish little 4.2-inch rounded square that’s one big touch display surrounded by microphones and speakers and sensors.After connecting to your HVAC equipment like air conditioning, heating, vents, and humidifiers, the Ecobee Smart Thermostat gets to work controlling your home climate. Using the room sensors, the 1.5GHz quad-core CPU can calculate how to heat or cool specific areas to maintain consistent temperatures while not wasting power. The range is longer than before and can be extended. The sensors detect whether or not people are also in the house and takes that into consideration.There’s a variety of ways to control the thermostat, too. Connect it to your home network with dual-band Wi-Fi, 2.4 or 5GHz. Use the mobile app to set up and receive notifications on different temperature routines. Integrate those routines with other third-party scheduling apps like IFTTT. And the voice control features, along with Amazon and Apple support, turn temperature control into a another task for Siri or Alexa. It even plays music, if you need a speaker in a pinch.For more on the Ecobee Smart Thermostat check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag. For more on smart home products check out our thoughts on Amazon’s smart Echo Wall Clock and smart Echo Microwave.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls The ravages of climate change are turning the planet into an increasingly boiling hellscape. Meanwhile, the ravages of capitalism are leaving more and more people unable to waste money on inefficient air conditioning energy drain. If you can afford it though you can stay cool with the new $250 Ecobee Smart Thermostat with voice control.last_img

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