Ecobee and Echo pull the CNET Smart Home away from the Nest
What if we've already installed a smart thermostat in the CNET Smart Home, but let's revisit that topic, shall we?
I'm sitting in the CNET Smart Home writing, I don't know, probably something brilliant and I want to turn the temp down two degrees.
I have my phone on me great, I change the temp and I'm done.
Now let's say I don't have my phone on me.
Time to turn to voice control.
Alexa turn down the thermostat two degrees.
Let's see how it plays out with the Nest learning thermostat.
There I am again writing the next Pulitzer winner.
It's too hot, reach for my phone.
It isn't there.
There's that go fan deck Alexa.
Turn down the thermostat two degrees.
But it's a Nest thermostat, so that command won't work.
So I stop writing.
I open up If, I make a recipe as a go between for Nest and Alexa.
but I have to set up a different recipe for each separate temperature I want.
Then I have to use the exact phrase trigger the thermostat to some example, except I don't remember what temperature I have it set to.
I just know I want it down two degrees.
I could just Suck it up.
Walk over to the thermostat and do it manually.
Now let's see that same scenario with the ecobee3 smart thermostat.
There's me, I'm writing, it's amazing.
Reach for the phone, it's not there.
Eco, Alexa, turn down the thermostat two degrees and I'm done.
Back to my masterpiece.
The ecobee voice commands with Alexa are And they don't require if there's a go-between, which makes the whole process faster.
ecobee also comes with motion sensors.
So, say I'm writing my masterpiece in the family room, the thermostat in the hallway isn't going to forget I'm home and set the temp to away mode.
This is all a long way of saying that the Nest is out and the ecobee's in.
With better voice controls and motion sensing in the room where I'll actually be The present.
The ecobee3 is our choice for the CNET Smart Home, for now.