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How Do Ecobee Sensors Work?

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020
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Ecobee’s smart thermostats can manage the temperature of your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system. However, the smart thermostat can only detect the temperature of a restricted area surrounding it. Ecobee’s sensors, sold separately, can solve this problem.

Ecobee’s sensors detect the temperatures of every part of your home, giving your smart thermostat more data so it can adjust appropriately according to each room, increasing your comfort levels.

Let’s dive deeper into exactly what these sensors are, what they can do, and why they are essential.

How Ecobee Sensors Work

Every smart sensor can be paired with your Ecobee thermostat. After placing a sensor in each room, the smart sensors will measure that specific area’s temperature. These sensors can tell you if, for example, your living room is a comfortable 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit while your garage is scorching hot!

After measuring the temperatures of each area, the smart sensors will control each room’s HVAC system. As a result, all your rooms will be nice and comfy, as well as similar in temperature.

Your thermostat can also be set to “adjust automatically,” so you wouldn’t even have to worry about regulating the temperature of your house.

Remote Monitoring

Even if you aren’t home, you can still monitor your house’s temperature on your phone. Ecobee’s app allows you to see how each room’s temperatures differ, as it is not uncommon for a space to be cooler or warmer than another.

If you use the Smart Home/Away profile, the room sensors can track when people come and go. They can then create a customized profile and ensure that you always come home to a comfy environment. You can also manually set up your profiles and input the times you typically enter and leave your home.

Works with Thermostat

Ecobee’s room sensors are linked to the smart thermostat and can give the thermostat a general idea of the rooms’ temperatures and how to even it out. The smart thermostat will then calculate an average of the temperatures and maintain that temperature throughout the house.

Let’s say your kitchen was 70 degrees, and your bedroom was 74 degrees. The average temperature would be 72 degrees, so the smart thermostat would aim to make your house this temperature. From this example, you can also see how using more smart room sensors would allow your thermostat to calculate a more accurate average!

Motion Detector

Another cool feature the sensors have is a motion detector. Your smart sensors can tell when there is a person in the room, moving and working. If a person is present, the smart thermostat will work to make the conditions comfortable.

Don’t worry if you walk out of the room for a bit, though. Your thermostat will not immediately shut off, leaving you with a less than comfortable temperature when you walk back in. The sensors will allow some time before making changes, so walking out of the room and back in soon after will not affect how your Ecobee functions.

However, the downside of this is when you walk into a room for the first time in a while, the thermostat will not work right away. If it happens to be a cold day, you may need to shiver for a couple of minutes before your room starts to heat up.

Follow Me Feature

The “Follow Me” feature allows for even more comfort as you travel throughout your home. This feature can be turned off or on anytime on the thermostat or the mobile app. Also, if no one is home for more than two hours, the “Follow Me” feature will turn off on its own.

If the “Follow Me” feature is on, the sensors will detect which room had activity (motion) and match the temperatures of the space you were previously in to the place you enter. So, whenever you go to a new room, the temperature won’t be drastically different.

How Can Ecobee Sensors Help You

The most obvious way these smart sensors can help you is by creating a comfortable environment in each room of your house. But, there are also different reasons a smart room sensor could be beneficial.

The sensors can detect when you are not in a room. The thermostat will turn off for the areas of the home that have been unoccupied for a long time, saving you money. Also, after setting up a profile to track when you are home, the thermostat will not run when you are out, cutting back on costs.

Final Thoughts

Placing multiple Ecobee smart sensors in each room can keep your house nice and comfortable. Each sensor is paired with a smart thermostat and will give the thermostat data on managing the temperature of your home.

Buying these smart sensors can be an excellent investment and save you money as well. The room sensors and smart thermostat come with various useful features that simply make life a lot easier.

Want to learn more? Check out this article on how you can get the most out of your Ecobee sensor!