Jan 212014
 
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I would like to give the most important point (at least for me) at the beginning : ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat is different from other programmable thermostats. The thermostat has 2 parts : the ‘brain’ and the thermostat itself. So, you will need to install 2 units;

  • the thermostat – to the wall
  • and the ‘brain’ or control unit – somewhere between the furnace and the thermostat

That makes this thermostat a little different from its competitors; however this complexity gives the extra capabilities to ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat.

 

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Installation and Setup

Getting the ecobee Smart Thermostat up and running a little intimidating, especially once you get a glance at the ten very detailed wiring diagrams in its installation manual. However most likely you will use only 1 of the diagrams (maybe this makes you feel a little better :-) ). I believe, better to work with an experienced professional (in high- and low-voltage) for the installation of this thermostat. Everyone says the result is well worth the lengthy process of installation (I haven’t tried this thermostat, so I am just telling you what I read from all over internet).

The processor of the thermostat comes a separate control unit than the thermostat (which goes to the wall). You’ll have to install the control unit inside the HVAC closet, wire it to the furnace, then wire it separately to the wall unit with four low-voltage wires. This gives the Smart an amazing amount of flexibility, allowing it to control just about any type of system, and several accessories to boot; dual-stage cooling with a boiler, three-stage heating with dual-stage cooling and a humidifier, dual-stage furnace with a dehumidifier and two-stage heat-pump etc. you name it. This thermostat can work with any kind of heating / cooling system.

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat reminder programquestions

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat reminder programquestions

Here is a video that shows the installation in detail (as mentioned before, please use this as a guide and don’t keep me responsible for any possible unseen issues down the road :-)

 

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Features

Features

Accessibility:

You can use the smart phone app to change the temperature at home. The interface looks very similar to device screen interface; however you cannot do all the things from the app that you can do from thermostat screen (you cannot program the thermostat from the mobile app; instead you can just change the temperature for 2 hours, 4 hours, indefinitely or until the next program cycle starts).

Restricted Access Levels:

With the Set Temp Ranges (under preferences), you can limit how high the heat can be set to and how low the cool can be set to. This is a great feature if you will be using the thermostat in a rental apartment/house or if you have teenagers that don’t have any idea about the heating costs ! With this feature, you can set the maximum to 72, and the other users won’t be able to set it up to any higher temperature.

 

Special Features

Unlimited number of Daily Programs:

As soon as you get the ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat connected to your wireless network and registered with ecobee, you can start easily setting up as complex or simple a programming schedule as you want, by logging into the website and dragging and dropping colored boxes on a weekly calendar layout. This thermostat gives the ultimate flexibility to users. The thermostat lets you to set heating and cooling points for each activity : “Wake up”, “Leave”, “Return”, “Sleep” or whatever else you may want : “Work at Home”, “Having Visitors at home” etc., and if there’s no limit to how many different activities you can have programmed into any given day. The number of different programs you can quickly and simply set up in a matter of minutes could potentially save you a good amount of energy (and money) compared to the limited, four-program, 5/2-day format of most programmable thermostats.

Comprehensive Reporting Functions:

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat reporting gives you a lot of detailed information regarding to your heating / cooling systems and the environment. Easily you can see ‘every evening how long the house takes to cool to the sleep temp‘ or ‘how long the furnace runs in the early morning to bring the temperature back to normal level‘ etc. These information can easily be used for evaluating your insulation requirements.

Look at this paragraph (that I have found on internet) to see how to use this flexible reporting functionality : “My entire experience with the system revolves around cooling—given that I live in Alabama and installed it July—but here are a few neat tweaks I’ve made so far, just to give you an idea of how far down the rabbit hole you can go. My Smart is programmed to kick the temperature up to 78° at bedtime, but in analyzing the reports after my first few days of usage, I discovered that the indoor temps warmed up to that point a little more quickly than I would like, given that I don’t always go to bed right at 11 on the dot. There’s one room in my house, though—a sunken living room—that always stays significantly chillier than the rest of the house. I reasoned that if I kicked on the fan—but not the compressor—for ten minutes every hour to circulate that cooler air, my house would stay at least a little cooler at night on average. The day after making that tweak, I checked my reports, and sure enough, the house stayed significantly cooler—way more than expected—without ever kicking on the compressor (which burns way more energy than the fan alone.)

Vacation Mode:

As I mentioned above, the flexibility is amazing on ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat. I will just mention one of the features; ‘vacation mode‘. If you will be leaving the home for an extended duration, you can set the thermostat to ‘vacation mode‘ – which is doable for many of the other programmable thermostats. But the additional detail is the ‘return date‘ ! With the other programmable thermostats, you can save money while you are on vacation, but most likely you will come back to a cold home :-( However, with ecobee, you will just enter the approximate return day / time, and it will return back to normal operation before you come back to home. So, when you are back from your vacation, the home will be back to its normal temperature. Great, isn’t it?

Reminder Functions:

You can set the reminder functions that the thermostat reminds (or informs you) you :

  • to change the furnace filter (as almost none of us do this on time)
  • about the low and high temperature at home. It’s really a bad surprise to see the broken furnace. You can use this information to get in touch with your HVAC contractor on time, so you will not lose time when you are back. This is a well thought detail for me.
ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat reminder

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat reminder

Smart Recovery function:

This function allow the ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat to learn just how long it takes to recover and adjust the runtime accordingly. That, in conjunction with the outdoor temperature, allows the thermostat to hit its set points on time with precision, even when the outdoor temperature varies greatly.

System Expandability:

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Thermostat can be easily expandable with Remote Sensor Modules. To have even more control over your system, you can add remote temperature or humidity sensors to it.

 

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Cons

I can list 3 points that can be considered as cons for ecobee Smart Thermostat :

  1. The installation seems a little more complex than the other thermostats. If you are not comfortable with electricity and cables, you will need to hire someone to do the installation – which adds to the cost.
  2. Cost is on the high end of the thermostat costs – even without considering the “possible” installation cost.
  3. Touch screen is not always responsive enough.

 

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Reviews

As usual, I have compiled a set of useful reviews from internet – so you will not need to browse many pages to find the useful and informative reviews. Here is the link, please click here.

 

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Video Overview

 

Conclusion

ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat‘s price may be intimidating upfront, but it will pay for itself in time, and its flexibility is above the other options. Many people believe that, this one is “Hands down the best WiFi thermostat on the market“. Reporting function is very comprehensive and useful when managing energy costs, and also its web portal is very feature-rich and is constantly being improved. These points are really tie-breakers for me.

After browsing through the many internet sites and reading many reviews, I tend to believe this conclusion – it seems this thermostat is really the best option out there with a note; if you need this much functionality. Only if your life style is standard, your daily schedule is predictable, if you don’t need the ‘learning’ function on the thermostat; then you may want to go for a simpler version. Otherwise, this is a very good option to consider. If you decided to go ahead and buy, please click below to buy the ecobee from Amazon.

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