ecobee launches location-based trigger support for Apple users – 10/2015
October 26, 2015
iOS9 update offers greater control, customization of ecobee3 smart thermostat
TORONTO (October 26, 2015) –– ecobee Inc. today announced that ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, now offers location-based trigger support, allowing users to automatically activate their device based on the distance from their home. The new feature makes the lives of ecobee’s customers simpler and better by adding another layer of intelligence to an already smart device.
“When we make updates to our products and apps, we always put customers’ interests first. They want to focus on the moments that matter and the people in them, and the location-based triggers allow them to do just that,” said Stuart Lombard, President and CEO of ecobee. “We look forward to sharing new features with our customers and continuing to lead in delivering the smartest thermostat on the market.”
The No. 2-selling thermostat in the U.S., the ecobee3, is evolving thermostat design by measuring temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort in the rooms that matter most plus increased energy savings when users are away. The beautifully designed ecobee3 saves homeowners an estimated average of 23 percent on their heating and cooling bills.
In addition, the ecobee3 iOS app version 4.0 enables users to create custom HomeKit Scenes, allowing users to coordinate multiple devices with a single voice command using Siri. Users can create, edit and delete their own custom Scenes; for example, the “Good Night” Scene could activate overnight preferences of HomeKit-enabled devices, including the ecobee3.
The update also introduces a native app for Apple Watch that takes advantage of new functionality introduced in watchOS 2 that can display users’ home temperature on the Apple Watch face and allows use of the digital crown to adjust the temperature.
Pricing, Availability and Compatibility
The HomeKit-compatible ecobee3 is available for $249 in the Apple Store, online at ecobee.com and Amazon.com, as well as both online and in-store at Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowes. The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.
The ecobee3 is designed to be compatible with 95 percent of residential heating and cooling systems in North America and does not require a C-wire when using the included Power Extender Kit. To ensure ecobee3 will work in your home, visit www.ecobee.com/compatibility.
ecobee Inc. introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi connected smart thermostat in 2009. The company’s award-winning thermostats have enabled hundreds of thousands of consumers to control their home comfort anytime and from anywhere, using their smartphone, tablet or computer. For more information visit www.ecobee.com.