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Promoted 03-16-2016 by Randy71 at 10:45 AM View Original Post
blutek via eBay has Ecobee3 WiFi Smart Thermostat w/ Remote Sensor (2nd Gen, EB-STATE3-02) on sale for $189.99. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

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The point is- If you have your upstairs set to 72 degrees and the basement set to 70, it will heat whatever room you are in to the set temp. If you are upstairs and the temp is 71 there, but the temp down stairs is 64, the ecobee will ignore the basement temp- because you are not there - and vice versa.
It won't technically do "Multi-Zone" the way an HVAC installer would do it.

I like to call it "active zone averaging". Bascially, you can set it up to be at a certain temperature when a zone is occupied, and/or take the average of the zones.

Let's say you place one in the bedroom, and one in the living room, and set them both at 78 degrees. If you instruct it to be at 78 degrees when the room is occupied, it will bring the occupied room to the proper temperature. If both rooms are occupied, I believe it will average the temperature. The bedroom may hit 79, and the living room 77, and it will stop heating. If only the bedroom is occupied, it would maintain 78 in the bedroom, and would ignore the living room.

If you want true dual zone, you would need to have your HVAC designed properly, or use some sort of active dampers on your heat vents (assuming you have forced air heating/cooling).
The sensors can still be useful though. I used them to track temperatures in different rooms, then I could adjust vents to change airflow and make the heating more even across the house. I also tell my ecobee to ignore the main sensor in the hallway at night and only use the bedroom one, then its stops heating as soon as the bedroom is warm enough and ignores other parts of the house. Not nearly as efficient as multiple zones, but it can help.

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I was about to post the same deal .

for people who want to decide between the nest deal and Ecobee . Currently if you need home kit integration and a proper multi room setup this is the way to go
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Should have tore out the nest and upgraded eons ago.

Ecobee3 > Nest
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Should have tore out the nest and upgraded eons ago.

Ecobee3 > Nest
How do? Savings or interface?
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I've been waiting for a deal. Thanks!
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How do? Savings or interface?
remote sensors
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Does the thermostat also detect temp, so with the remote sensor would this essentially do two zones? Or does it only do where the sensor(s) is(are)?
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Should have tore out the nest and upgraded eons ago.

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Could you provide more insight?

I have been trying to find an answer about the remote sensors. My question is how do the remote sensors make it better? I do understand the better accuracy for sensing if someone is home but how does the this make all the rooms a better temperature?

For example, I set the ecobee to 72 degrees. The basement is 10 degrees cooler being underground. It is at 62. The remote sensor I place there notices this and tells the heater to stay on a little longer to get the basement warmer. Since the heater isn't able to control each room individually, wouldn't this make the main level higher than 72 because the heat is on while trying to warm the basement?

It would seem to make the whole house warmer to warm the outliers and be also somewhat wasting more energy. I do like the allure of the remote sensors but it seems to not make any sense in my mind to make the whole house an even 72 degrees.
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Amazon Echo integration. No IFTTT required.
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In for one to replace my Nest. Hopefully this one is better at learning because I have to manually change the temperature on the Nest several times a day and it doesn't learn. After 5 months, I expect it to do better.
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Could you provide more insight?

I have been trying to find an answer about the remote sensors. My question is how do the remote sensors make it better? I do understand the better accuracy for sensing if someone is home but how does the this make all the rooms a better temperature?

For example, I set the ecobee to 72 degrees. The basement is 10 degrees cooler being underground. It is at 62. The remote sensor I place there notices this and tells the heater to stay on a little longer to get the basement warmer. Since the heater isn't able to control each room individually, wouldn't this make the main level higher than 72 because the heat is on while trying to warm the basement?

It would seem to make the whole house warmer to warm the outliers and be also somewhat wasting more energy. I do like the allure of the remote sensors but it seems to not make any sense in my mind to make the whole house an even 72 degrees.

You set the temp for each zone. Not just set for the thermostat.

So you can just set your basement to be cooler than the other rooms.

The goal is to setup schedules for what rooms you will be in at certain times so it can keep only those rooms at the temperature you prefer.

The sensors also can detect which room youre in and will turn on the thermostat accordingly.

Hope this helped.
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Does the thermostat also detect temp, so with the remote sensor would this essentially do two zones? Or does it only do where the sensor(s) is(are)?
Yes the thermostat has its own sensor and is its own zone. The remote sensor is your second zone and you can name them when setting up the system. I have had this unit for over a year with 3 total zones and it works perfectly. At first it was buggy and the IOS app had limited functionality, but over time they listened to their buyers and now the app is pretty much identical to the unit. Highly recommended.
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I hope I don't have to install the power extender kit, but I'll have to check the wires on my old thermostat first.

Been looking for this price since Black Friday deals. +REP, OP.
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The power extender kit is pretty easy to install. Use the stickers to label the wires, read the directions and make sure you cut power to the furnace. I'm glad I got this over the nest as I'm waiting for my Echo Dot.
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