The automated features of room heating and cooling depending on the climatic conditions make the thermostats special home appliances. They work with the help of sensors which detect human presence, movement, temperature changes, humidity levels, and proximity. The top rated brands in the market today are the ECOBEE 4, NEST vs ECOBEE 3, and the HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND. Here is a comparison of their specs, design, and functionality.
Ecobee3 provides compatibility to conventional heat pump models of thermostats for the high level of warmth and chillness. At the same time, it works under 3.5VA power, making it energy efficient. Non condensing storage is 5% to 95% RH and temperature range is -31degrees F to +113degrees F. It gets the power through 24VAC terminals with RC, C, Y1, Y1, ACC, etc. It has quality sensors for temperature, humidity, movement, and proximity. The display support is through 3.5” LCD color touch screen having 320X480 pixels. Responsiveness, scope of operation (more than one room), and custom settings are the core befits you get from Ecobee3. The device supports ZIGBEE WI-FI and 915MGZ 3 radio, WEP and DHCP with SSL encryption.
Ecobee4 is stated to be updated version of its predecessor. The model’s dimension of 44mmX44mmX20mm is the same as version 3. It comes with added features for Amazon Alexa voice service, and far field voice technology, which are no part of Ecobee3. Display screen feature remains the same. The other added feature is the support for accessories like the humidifiers, ventilators, dehumidifiers, HR, and the ERV which is not present in Ecobee3. The power consumption and WI-FI features of Ecobe4 and Ecobee3 are almost similar.
NEST thermostat has a programmable system, which helps in controlling the device remotely through smart phone (WI-FI). The unit has an in-built suggestion (leaf feature), which shows the optimum temperature setting to save energy, which is an added benefit. Smart learning is one of the new features, which “observes” and records your everyday device using pattern. Then it schedules the hearing and cooling patterns perfectly according to your needs. The device works on Wi-Fi and Nest App for android, tablet, as well as Mac and Windows OS phones. The power consumption is less than 2KWH/Month with heat link support. Added features are support for multiple thermostat control and Away from home control through phone.
HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND
The HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND supports single & multi stage heating and cooling. The device works on 24VAC with energy saving compatible to the other devices listed here. The device provides compatibility to ventilator, humidifier, and dehumidifier. Automated changes are made to the settings based on the climatic conditions in the room. The Smart phone app supporting the device is compatible to Android and IOS. The device has inbuilt features for automated notifications when the temperature, humidity, and other related conditions change. The device automatically detects your entry into home through your mobile and initiates the heating and cooling features automatically. This feature is stated to make the HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND highly favorite among users.