UPDATE: Since initially writing this review for the ecobee3, the ecobee4 has been released. Nearly everything I’ve written for the ecobee3 is still true for the ecobee4. They are essentially the same thermostat except the ecobee4 has added an integrated speaker for Amazon Alexa support.
I initially bought the ecobee3 with the intention of testing it, writing this review, and then selling it. However, after using it for over 3 months, I have no plans of getting rid of it. It does everything I could ask for in a smart thermostat and more.Read More
Lots of experts recommend smart switches over smart bulbs because they are easier to use. However, without smart bulbs, you won’t get the awesome benefit of color changing or white-shifting lights.
You can debate the pros and cons of smart switches and smart bulbs (which I’ve done here), but I don’t want to choose one or the other. I want the best of both. I want to be able to combine the cool, color changing effects of smart bulbs with the convenience and usability of smart switches.
Can it be done? Of course! Here’s how.Read More
“Smart thermostats save you money”.
I feel like I’ve heard those words so frequently that I just kind of assume it’s true.
But is it actually true? And if so, what kind of savings are we talking?
I wanted an answer to these questions so I spent a couple months testing different smart thermostat features in my home. I used the awesome data collection power of my ecobee thermostat to record the data. Here’s what I found:Read More
We’ve all been there. You’re occupied taking care of business around the cave, maybe cooking dinner or just lying in bed (or, ahem…on the toilet) when suddenly someone is at the door. Is it a neighbor? A package delivery? A solicitor? You don’t want to stop your activities to go check but you don’t want to turn away a potential important visitor either. The SkyBell HD is the solution to this first-world problem.Read More
A Ring Pro video doorbell is more than just a doorbell. It’s a doorbell, a security system, and a doorman all in one. With a Ring Pro, you can answer your door from anywhere. You can monitor your front door and yard from anywhere. It gives you security and peace of mind at a fraction of the price of a more conventional security system.Read More