Is ecobee compatible with my hvac

If I’m asked what the greatest thing about the 21 century is, I wouldn’t even think twice before responding that it is technology. The use of technology is so pervasive that even the blinds and the deaf can pinpoint the roles of technology in society.

No one in society wants to be left out of the fast-paced global attempts to completely switch from the conventional analog way of doing things to digital. One of the latest technological advancements is the Ecobee smart thermostat; a device designed to bring nothing but comfort to homeowners to improve their wellbeing.

As an HVAC professional (based on experience), I am often confronted with the question, “is Ecobee compatible with my HVAC system? Your answer may be as good as mine, but to find out, you have to read this article because therein contains the answer to the question.

What is an Ecobee SmartThermostat?

Ecobee is a Canada-based home automation company that produces devices like; contact sensors, smart light switches, temperature, & occupancy sensors, and smart cameras. One of the latest introductions to their product line is the SmartThermostat which has some similarities to their 2017 Ecobee4, but with some upgraded features like a better quality speaker, faster performance, louder, and improved remote sensor.

Where is Ecobee manufactured?

Ecobee products are designed in Canada but assembled in Taiwan.

How do Ecobee sensors work?

The Ecobee sensors work by gathering data (level of temperature and number of occupants) in a particular room and then transferring the data to the Ecobee Thermostat. Upon receiving the data, the thermostat will then regulate the room temperature to either heat or cold based on the preset standard settings you have established: provided that you have already enabled the smart home and away or Follow Me feature on your device.

How to control the temperature using the Ecobee smart sensor

You can control your room temperature to the desired level by utilizing any of the 3 major settings or modes available on your smart sensor. These features include Smart sensor participation, Follow me settings, and Smart home & away features. Check below for details on how to utilize these features.

Smart sensor participation

Smart sensor participation is the most important feature on your device. Make sure your smart sensor is placed in the most frequented place in your house or in places that are usually warmer or cooler than the others.

After proper placement, activate the sensor to participate in average temperature depending on the comfort settings preset. Each time you connect the smart sensor to your thermostat, it will notify you of a successful connection by asking you what comfort settings you love to have it participate in. The settings can be adjusted later as required.

The Ecobee thermostat also has 3 default settings that can be upgraded to accommodate more as the requirement increases. These settings are deliberately included in the design of the device to adjust to your preferences and schedule.

To get the best performance out of the sensor participation, you must operate it together with the ” Follow me” feature: for without it enabled, the sensor participation will be working at average capacity. By selecting what sensor to participate in each preset comfort setting, you will be heavily involved in how your Ecobee determine the average temperature.

At least one sensor must participate in each comfort settings. This sensor can be deactivated in the Ecobee thermostat if you desire to utilize the remote sensor anywhere within the house.

Follow Me settings

The Follow Me settings works to improve the general performance level of the smart sensor participation discussed earlier. The sensor participation is only a part of the total sensors actively involved in the overall comfort settings.

When the Follow Me feature is activated, the Ecobee will check the temperature of each participating sensor as well as the occupancy reading displayed on the sensors. It wouldn’t take an average temperature reading for a sensor to calculate several occupancies. The Ecobee calculates by factoring in the amount of time spent in a room.

In a situation whereby the number of sensors that detects occupancy is more than one, the Ecobee will make necessary adjustments to the temperature to ensure that your HVAC system does not have to deal with sudden changes in temperature level.

Smart Home & Away feature

If any participating sensor detects motion while in “Away” mode, switch to “Smart Home” mode. But if no participating sensor detects any motion within 2 hours while in “Home” mode, switch to “Smart Away”.

When you have SmartHome/SmartAway activated, the Ecobee is designed to automatically adjust your schedule to either setting Smart home (comfort) or Smart away (savings). This is to ensure that you can save both money and energy while you are away, and also that you can enjoy a certain level of comfort when you are home.

Smart home mode

The smart home mode makes use of the home comfort setting to make needed adjustments. If you put your Ecobee in the “Away” comfort setting for about 1 hour, and your “Smart Home” has remained inactive for about 2 hours, the Ecobee will automatically switch to “Smart Home” once a sensor detects that a room has been occupied. It will remain in that mode until any of the following changes occur:

  1. When the room is not occupied within the 2 hours.
  2. When you manually cancel “Smart home” mode.
  3. When the next programmed comfort schedule is activated.

Smart Away mode

The operation of Smart Away mode is a little cumbersome compared to Smart home mode. However, just like the Smart Home mode, the Smart Away mode also makes use of the default “Home” comfort setting as the standard temperature level. This will, in turn, cause the temperature to fall to a certain degree lower than the standard temperature level.

When none of the participating sensors detects any motion in the room for about 2 hours, the Ecobee will automatically activate the Smart Away mode and will remain in that mode until any of the following occur.

  1. Upon detecting occupancy.
  2. When you manually deactivate Smart Away mode.
  3. When the preprogrammed comfort settings become activated.

Does Ecobee read Humidity?

Yes, your Ecobee can the prevailing humidity level of your room. Ecobee reads the amount of humidity present in the air and makes necessary adjustments as needed. However, Ecobee can only read and make adjustments to humidity level within a space but the moisture level cannot be readily controlled just by turning the humidity on and off. 

How does Ecobee control humidity?

The Ecobee smart thermostat has an in-built humidity sensor that reads humidity and adjusts as needed to keep it at your desired level. After plugging the Ecobee into your HVAC system, it can help you control the level of humidity within your room in several ways. Or better still, you can connect it to a humidifier.

Once the Ecobee is connected to any of the devices (AC system or Humidifying), it can control the level of humidity within a space by making necessary adjustments to the humidifier or the AC unit.

How to lower Humidity with Ecobee

After successfully connecting your Ecobee to the Humidifier or your AC unit, you can lower the humidity level by following the processes below.

  1. Go to the main menu and click on “Installation settings” and click on “Threshold”, then select ” AC Overcool Max.”
  2. Select your desired level of Overcool by inputting in the degree by which you want the temperature to be reduced.
  3. Click on the main menu and click on dehumidify menu. Select systems and activate dehumidification by selecting “Dehumidify using AC”. A menu will pop up from which you can select the humidity level you want.

Ecobee smart thermostat HVAC compatibility

Ecobee is compatible with almost every residential Heating and cooling system within North America, whether it be oil, gas, dual fuel, or electric-powered systems. Below are listed, some devices that can be used together with your Ecobee smart thermostat as well as some non-compatible devices.

Compatible devices

  • 24 VAC controls
  • 2 stages of heat as well as double stages of cool
  • Single accessories like, humidifier, ventilator, dehumidifier, HRV, ERV
  • Singular speed fan control
  • Geothermal heat pumps

Non-compatible services

  • PEK without a C wire. C wires usually come with air handlers.
  • High voltage systems, for example, electric baseboard heaters.
  • Millivolt systems e.g fireplaces or wood stoves.

Will Ecobee work with my HVAC?

Yes, Ecobee should work perfectly well with your HVAC system. Check the above section to check whether your HVAC falls under the compatibility category or not.

Is Ecobee compatible with Lenox?

Yes, Ecobee is compatible with Lenox. Ecobee is compatible with the Lenox dehumidification cycle, however, you will need up to 7 wires to connect your Ecobee to the Lenox furnace. You will need, C, W1, W2, R, G, DS, and Y1 wires.

Is Ecobee compatible with Bryant’s evolution?

Ecobee is compatible with Bryant’s evolution. 

Is Ecobee compatible with Daikin?

Yes, Ecobee is compatible with Daikin mini-splits. However, the connection is not a regular type that can be done using the DIY method. You must hire a seasoned professional to help you with the connection.

Is Ecobee compatible with Honey well?

No, the Ecobee thermostat is not compatible with Honey well

Is Ecobee compatible with Trane

Yes, Ecobee is compatible with Trane and some other major manufacturers like Goodman, American Standard, Carrier, Lenox, Amana, Rheem e.t.c. 

How to turn on AC with Ecobee

The process involved in turning on AC with the Ecobee thermostat is not complicated. All you have to do is go to the main menu, click on Settings, select installation settings, click on Threshold, then select auto heat/cool then click on enable.

Ecobee HVAC mode

The HVAC mode is the current mode that is actively in operation provided by the Ecobee thermostat. This could be any of, heat, cool, off, auto, and auxHeatOnly.

Why is my Ecobee HVAC not turning on?

If your Ecobee HVAC is not turning on, it may be as a result of the following:

  1. Your desired level of temperature may be lower than or the same as the current temperature in your room.
  2. When the furnace overheats.
  3. When the furnace is not receiving enough power.
  4. You have unwittingly activated a setting on your thermostat that is prevent your system from turning on.

Ecobee HVAC maintenance

The best maintenance you can give to your Ecobee HVAC is by hiring an HVAC technician to check on your HVAC system at least twice a week. They will come around during spring to check on the cooling system and return during fall to check in the heating system.

Asides from this, you can also carry out the following maintenance tips on your HVAC system once or twice a week.

  1. Check your filter regularly and make changes if needed.
  2. Switch on the blower fan of your unit to check if it is in perfect condition.
  3. Check the air vent for any necessary adjustment.
  4. Check if the condensate pump of your unit is working perfectly.
  5. Clean the outdoor condenser of your heat pump.
  6. Humidifier pads should be replaced.
  7. Test the furnace.
  8. Make necessary adjustments to your smart thermostat schedule

Ecobee power extender kit

The Ecobee power extender kit makes use of the power stealing technology to try to withdraw as much energy as possible from the HVAC system to recharge its battery. When the HVAC system is running, the thermostat gets lesser energy, but when the HVAC system stops working, it gets more energy.

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