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ecobee3 Is First Thermostat To Be Directly Compatible With Amazon Echo

The ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat with room sensors is now the first consumer thermostat to be directly compatible with the Amazon Echo, according to a new press release from the company.

Those scratching their heads right now may be interested in being reminded that the Amazon Echo serves as a platform for Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa. In other words, the offering is essentially a voice-activated control system for various products and services — such as ecobee’s line of smart thermostats.

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The president and CEO of ecobee, Stuart Lombard, commented: “We’re excited to provide ecobee3 users with added functionality and convenience through Amazon Echo. Amazon has been a tremendous retailer to work with, and we are looking forward to expanding that relationship through thermostat integration with Echo, which offers complete home voice control.”

Here are the details, direct from the press release:

Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo, will be able to facilitate requests from across the room. For example, users can say, “Alexa, set my thermostat to 72,” or, “Alexa, increase the temperature in my house,” to control their ecobee3.

…As the No 2-selling wi-fi thermostat in North America, the ecobee3 is the only thermostat that uses room sensors to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter most. This unique design resolves a fundamental flaw in traditional thermostat design of only measuring temperature in one location, which contributes to hot and cold spots throughout the home.

The ecobee3 saves homeowners an average of 23% on their heating and cooling bills. Compatible with 95% of residential homes in North America, the ecobee3 does not rely on batteries but receives power through a C-wire or its Power Extender Kit (PEK). With its Amazon Echo integration, ecobee leads the category in compatibility with smart home platforms.

“We’re excited to launch thermostat support with ecobee today, and bring the magic of far-field voice control to more customers,” commented Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Echo and Alexa. “Using only your voice to control the temperature in your house is another great way to create smarter homes.”

Those interested in purchasing an ecobee3 smart thermostat can do so at Amazon, Home Depot, Best Buy, or in some Apple stores. The product retails for $249 at most locations. The ecobee3 is also compatible with Apple HomeKit, Wink, and Samsung SmartThings.

Potential compatibility issues can be determined here.

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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