tech2 News StaffFeb 15, 2016 11:48:41 IST
Ecobee has announced Ecobee3 smarter Wi-Fi thermostat with room sensors to be the first thermostat directly compatible with Amazon Echo. The Ecobee3 smart thermostat is available for $249 via Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Home Depot. The Ecobee3 allows users to set specific temperatures or turn up the heat with voice commands.
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, the company explained in a pres statement. The ecobee3 is said to save homeowners an average of 23 percent on their heating and cooling bills. Compatible with 95 percent 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).
“We’re excited to provide ecobee3 users with added functionality and convenience through Amazon Echo,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee. “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.”
“We’re excited to launch thermostat support with ecobee today, and bring the magic of far-field voice control to more customers,” said 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.”
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