Is Smart thermostat worth the money for condo?
How much money you save from having it?
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I agree, they're interesting, but they don't save any money. Plus you'll have to deal with occasional technical issues, as with most smart home gear these days.EugW wrote: ↑ I don't find them hugely advantageous. I don't think it saves any money either, vs. a regular 7-day programmable thermostat.
About the best features for my Ecobee is that I can set the temp without walking over to the thermostat and that it has a circulation feature. Oh and it looks nicer on the wall.
BTW, I only have my Ecobee on the guest network. No way I'd put that on my primary WiFi network.
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My guest network is isolated, on a completely different IP range. I don't have any real home automation devices, because I don't trust them, not just from a security point of view, but also from a reliability point of view. It's amusing that sometimes you have to reset a light bulb. I do not use Home Assistant because the Ecobee on the guest network cannot be seen, as you say.Scote64 wrote: ↑ I agree, they're interesting, but they don't save any money. Plus you'll have to deal with occasional technical issues, as with most smart home gear these days.
I like being able to ask Google/Alexa "What's the inside temperature?". I have it linked to my home automation routines so that the temp setting goes up when we actually get up in the morning as opposed to a fixed schedule, and vice-versa down at night when we actually go to bed. Remote control lets me turn up the temperature half an hour before I get home. I get a nice temperature chart (from Home Assistant) showing how the thermostat setting and the actual house temperature varied during the day. All nice, but not essential.
As for security, we should mention that putting it on your Guest WiFi network doesn't necessarily help security unless your Guest network is set for AP Isolation, which is optional with most routers. The AP Isolation feature is incompatible with local home control of your home automation devices by systems like Home Assistant or OpenHAB or others supporting local control, so in that case you unfortunately cannot have both isolation from your home network and local control at the same time.
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https://www.ecobee.com/2016/11/10-exper ... ome-value/
Apr 21st, 2020 1:22 am
It’s interesting that ecobee hosts that article, because thermostats aren’t even mentioned in that article. There is a reference to energy efficiency, but this thread seems to agree that smart thermostats aren’t significantly better than non-smart programmable ones for efficiency.