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From the Hive: Zachary Stribling

by on April 27, 2015

The following is a customer story from ecobee community member Zachary Stribling. Share your story with us today!

Zachary – I am a Technical Director for the Theatre department at the University of Kentucky. That naturally makes me a DIY kind of guy and a creative solution maker. I live outside of the box and love building and researching my way through a challenge.

I started seeing smart thermostats on my daily trips to home improvement stores for work. The field was becoming more and more flush with the large commercial options like Nest and Lyric. Soon my friends started posting on Facebook about their new thermostats and how they were transforming their homes energy consumption. At the same time I run with some tech savvy folks in the Technical Theatre circles and automation has long been an emerging field in our world. As home automation systems became more accessible at the big box stores I began researching systems like Wink and Iris, and thinking about how we could adapt them for affordable wireless control of machines and effects on stage.

There were a number of factors driving us toward a smart thermostat. The thermostat in our home is, like most, located in the hallway on our main floor. The temperature there was always so far off from the temperature in our other rooms that comfortable climate control was quickly becoming frustrating and quite difficult. It was always either too hot or too cold, and never just right. Whether we were sleeping or lounging about in the living room we were constantly getting up to adjust our home’s settings trying to get it right. At night my wife was acutely aware of the temperature in our young child’s room and was fixated on keeping it within a certain range. She woke up 3 to 5 times a night to adjust our thermostat’s setting to keep our kid sleeping comfortably and soundly. Consequently, she had neither of these niceties for herself. A solution had to be found so I began my research.

The wireless remote sensors were what I specifically wanted. I searched and searched for a system that would let me base my home’s temperature reading on something other than the temperature in my hallway. I looked at thermostats that had remote control stations and eventually found the only system that did not require major home automation expertise, the Honeywell remote sensors and thermostats using the RedLink protocol. Yet this system proved to be over complicated and prohibitively expensive. Just when I was ready to give up, ecobee let loose the press release announcing the ecobee3, the answer to all my needs!

The wireless remote sensors, ease of use and setup, remote control via smartphones and desktop computer – it left nothing to be desired. The whole package fell into my lap and I immediately pre-ordered mine.

It came through the mail quickly and setup was a breeze. In less than 30 minutes I was up and running. I loved the guided setup and all of the easy to understand installation instructions. I am quite the handy fellow but I think that anyone with a bit of confidence and little know how can easily put this unit in. Since installation, our home is a happy and comfortable place. My wife no longer has to get out of bed to change the temperature settings for our child. Just pick up the smartphone and do it (and this happens a lot less now that there is a sensor in the baby’s room, prioritizing her comfort above the rest of the home at night).

During the day the house stays comfortable and balanced, the three little sensors have revolutionized the way we live. We will have to pick up some more remote sensors to help with our new priorities, since the addition of our 8-week old baby to the family.

Thank you ecobee! To all of those looking for a product like this, go with ecobee!!! The thermostat and sensors are well engineered and you will not find better customer service and relations anywhere.