My wife and I recently purchased a home and are able to get a $100 rebate deal on a wifi/smart thermostat from Nest, Ecobee or honeywell. We would like to purchase as soon as possible as current thermostat is 14 years old.
In looking at the many models, am still quite confused on what to purchase.
Nest: sounds pretty good but is quite expensive. Doesn't support home kit. The app doesn't appear to include a demo mode. An article in an older issue of AFB Accessworld said the app mostly works but has unlabeled buttons and a couple other inaccessible areas.
Ecobee: There are 2 models, the Ecobee 3 and Ecobee 3 lite. The normal 3 includes a remote sensor which from what I understand tries to regulate the temperature in whatever room you place it in. Sensors can be purchased separately as well. The cheaper lite model doesn't include the sensors but are they really needed/just a gimmick? We have a 2200 square foot one level home. It works with home kit as well as amazon echo/alexa.
Honeywell: Has a model similar to others but also a newer model called Lyric which just got updated in October but doesn't appear to have a color screen. The lyric app didn't have a demo mode. It does work with home kit/echo though.
I assume the home kit app can be used in place of each thermostat app in order to set temperature, perhaps set schedules ETC with it being mostly if not fully accessible? That is the main reason we are looking at home kit support. We have 2 apple tv 4th gens which I assume will let us manage the thermostat remotely? We also have a sighted person living with us so I would like to make sure the thermostat touch screen or non touch interface itself is pretty easy to use.
To make a long story already longer, looking at Ecobee mainly. Would like to save money if the remote sensors may not be needed.
Any thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.