Ecobee Premium Thermostat: Leaks built-in Alexa & Siri support

Brilliant home company Ecobee appears ready to release two new intelligent thermostats — the Ecobee Premium and the Ecobee Enhanced — ZatzNotFunny reports.

The Enhanced model has emerged in a post on Reddit, while the Premium has leaked through a retail listing from Canadian Tire. They look set to rebuild Ecobee’s existing lineup of thermostats consisting of 2016’s Ecobee3 Lite and 2019’s Ecobee smart thermostat with voice control.

The Ecobee Premium seems set to replace the flagship $250 smart thermostat. It still includes a built-in microphone with aid for voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, and ZatzNotFunny reports, but air quality monitoring is new for this model.

One product photo illustrates the Ecobee app recommending a window be extended to improve ventilation. The thermostat’s user interface also appears to have been updated to release visual clutter and make critical information, like the current temperature, more significant on screen.

It’s unclear what improvements are on the course for the Ecobee Enhanced thermostat, which appears to be a substitute for the $180 Ecobee3 Lite. The image posted to Reddit seems to satisfy the same redesigned interface as the Premium, but there’s less information about functional differences. In early December, Dave Zatz reported that the new model was developing.

There’s no word on when we might notice either thermostat released. But the fact that Ecobee’s flagship SmartThermostat is presently listed as out of stock on its website indicates we might see a successor sooner rather than later.

Ecobee smart thermostat, which is an elevated version of Ecobee 4. Almost all the core elements are similar to Ecobee 4 (especially on HVAC compatibility and thermostat controls). At the same time, enhancements are added for Alexa voice control, a new, improved room sensor, glass finish, and a better processor.

Ecobee has unleashed this new model by substituting the  Ecobee 4 variant. So Ecobee 4 model will not be known once the current stock is sold out from all retailers. However, support and warranty are available for anyone who believes Ecobee4, which is driving on a sale with most retailers.

Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee4 blend well with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings,  Apple HomeKit, Microsoft’s Cortana, and additional home automation hubs. Ecobee thermostats can be regulated using the touchscreen (available on the thermostat) or your smartphones/tablets from anywhere.

They also allow setting reminders for HVAC maintenance, UV lamp or furnace filter replacement, and cautions for low/ high temperature or humidity. They suggest you a sensation of comfort in no time.