The Smart Thermostat Evolves With ecobee’s Si

There was a time when your home thermostat did nothing more than allow you to turn heat or air conditioning on and off. But humans are forgetful creatures, and this basic technology meant that we would often leave the heat cranking for hours while no one was home, or wake up freezing in the middle of the night because the air conditioning was still running.

Fast-forward a few years, and just like everything else, thermostats have become smarter. Not only can thermostats now be programmed to click on and off depending on the time of day, they can also track your energy usage, adjust themselves based on the weather, and adapt to your schedule. Continuing the tradition begun by its signature Smart Thermostat, ecobee recently unveiled the Smart Si, a slimmer, simpler version that offers all the bells and whistles at an attractive price.

Smart Si from ecobee

Image via ecobee

The Smart Si’s advanced algorithms allow it to save the most energy possible, according to a recent release, while its simplified high-resolution color display and user interface allow busy users to create a schedule and adjust settings in a matter of seconds. It can also tell you the weather, notify you if there is an equipment malfunction, and remind you when it’s time to change your air filter.

Just like the original Smart Thermostat, the Smart Si is fully Wi-Fi enabled, which means it can be controlled remotely from any Internet-connected device, including your iPhone or tablet. All you have to do is download ecobee’s free app, and you’ll never have to wonder if you turned the heat down again.

Both of ecobee’s thermostats are available through HVAC contractors. Unfortunately, the company has sold out of its first three production runs of the Smart Si thermostat; however, they are ramping up production to compensate for increased demand.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog