The Ecobee range of thermostats has a handy feature that allows you to use local weather information to determine the best way to heat or cool your home. If your Ecobee thermostat is not currently set to weather, here’s how to set the location so it can start optimizing your HVAC system.
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Not only is Ecobee weather information available for your heating and cooling needs, you can also see how outside temperature affects the use of your HVAC system. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick look at your thermostat to see what the weather is like outside without having to open the weather app on your phone.
To get started, you need to log in to your Ecobee account in a web browser as the Ecobee app does not allow you to access these settings. Start by going to the Ecobee website and click «Login» at the top.
Enter your username (which will be your email address) and password, and then click Sign In.
Select «Location» on the left side.
From here, you can enter your address, city, country, and zip code, but you can optionally just enter your city and zip code if you don’t want to enter your exact address. Click «Save» when you’re done.
After that, you can exit the window by clicking the «X» button in the upper right corner.
Then click «Home IQ».
Click on the white arrow next to «System Monitor» at the bottom.
Here you can see when your heating or cooling was on and for how long it was on, as well as see what the room temperature was at any given time. And now that you have weather information enabled, the green line shows what the outside temperature was at that moment, giving you an idea of how the weather affected your HVAC system as it turned on and off during day and night. ,
In addition, weather information will now be displayed on your thermostat as well as the Ecobee app.
You can view a more detailed weather forecast on the thermostat or in the app with a few taps, but it likely won’t replace your favorite weather app anytime soon. This is mainly useful for the thermostat, but also for looking at the system monitor to see how the weather is affecting your heating and cooling cycles.