Ecobee vs. Nest—What We Like About Ecobee
- Both thermostats are wifi-enabled, which will allow you to control them from your smartphone;
- Both are visually appealing and come equipped with a digital display;
- Both will allow you to enable “geofencing,” a feature that relies on your phone to determine when you are home. If you have enabled geofencing, your thermostat will tolerate a wider range of indoor temperatures. This decreases the demand on your heating and cooling system. Then, when you return home, your thermostat will automatically adjust back to your preferred settings;
- Both thermostats will allow you to set a temperature range and will call on your furnace for heat if your home gets too cold or your air conditioner for cooling if you home gets too warm; and
- Both thermostats qualify for the Watt-Smart $50 smart thermostat rebate offered by Rocky Mountain Power.
One of the main differences between the Nest and Ecobee is the number of wires required to install them. Thermostats are usually installed using four wires, but in our experience, the Nest thermostat calls for five wires in most applications. This often catches the do-it-yourselfer off guard and results in a service call to Blue Best. Although we are happy to come assist, some homeowners might be surprised to learn that they can avoid this issue altogether with the Ecobee, which requires only four wires.
Most Ecobee thermostats also come with a remote temperature sensor. (These can be purchased separately for a Nest.) This will allow you to monitor and adjust the temperature in other areas of your house. For example, your thermostat may be installed near the main living area of your home. But, the basement in your home may run a few degrees cooler than you like. You can place the Ecobee remote sensor in your basement and program your furnace to come on if the temperature drops too low.
Finally, you may find the Ecobee easier to use because it is equipped with a touch-screen. In contrast, to adjust the Nest from the base (as opposed to your smartphone), you’ll have to use the outer ring and a series of presses to locate and select the desired settings.
If you’re thinking about installing a new thermostat in your home, contact one of the specialists at Blue Best for more information about the available options.