Does Ecobee4 Work With Google Home?

Ecobee are making some of my favorite smart thermostats, and these thermostats are now getting pretty more capable with the support for Google assistant. This is so exciting!

The Ecobee3, Ecobee3 Lite, and the Ecobee4 are now controlled from Google Home and any other devices that support the Google Assistant.

This then means that one can use their voice to set and also check the temperature or nudge it in either direction using phrases like “OK Google, make my house warmer.”

They aren’t the first thermostats to add Google assistant support because Honeywell already did add Google Assistant support to several of their smart thermostats.

There are many options that are so many options that are out there for buyers to choose from, and thus it means there is less hassle if one tries switching systems.

This addition of Google Assistant support doesn’t change the fact that one cannot ask the Ecobee4 to Google something. This only means that the owners of Ecobee4 who have an Android phone have more than one way that they can control the temperatures in their homes.

Considering that Google home is enabled with setup support in the assistant for all the different versions of Ecobee, then it doesn’t really matter whether you are using Ecobee 3, Ecobee 3 lite or the Ecobee 4.

Setup Instructions For Ecobee With Google Home

  • Start by opening the Google Home App
  • Go to devices
  • Then select the Ecobee icon from the list in your device.
  • After you have selected it, then enter your username and then the password for your Ecobee account so that the application can be authorized

If your Ecobee won’t connect to Google Home, here is the reason for such and the solutions that I found worked for me.

Ecobee3 Non-lite Not Showing up on Google App?

The resolve for this kind of problem is this

  • Go to Google Assistant
  • Go to settings
  • Enter Home control
  • Press the plus button

Then you should now see an option to add your Ecobee and link your Ecobee account.

Google Home Voice Commands

There was a time when one had to use a program like IFTTT (if this then that) to use Ecobee thermostats with Google home mini. But those days are now long gone!

There is a list of commands which are built right in and work very well with Ecobee using Google Home Mini. You may say things like.

“Hey, Google, What’s the <thermostats name> set to?”

“Hey Google, increase the temperature in the < thermostat name>” (default to increase with 5 degrees)

“Ok Google, set the temperature to <temperature>.”

“Ok Google, increase the temperature in the <name of thermostat> by <the number> degrees.”

“Hey Google, turn on the <name of thermostat> schedule.”

“Ok Google, what’s the current reading on the <name of sensor> sensor?”

You can have a look at the full list of all the acceptable commands on the Ecobee’s website.

Does Ecobee3 Work With Android?

You may be wondering if you can control your Ecobee3 from an Android device, well then you have some good news. This is because you can use both Ecobee3 mobile app for Android and iOS to control your Ecobee3 because you have access to all the app features and functionality.

However, you may not be able to use any of your HomeKit functionality like Siri voice commands on your Android devices because the HomeKit technology of Apple is not compatible with that of Android.

If you are reading this post, then there is a high probability that you either have a Google Home or are probably looking for an Ecobee thermostat or two. I have been having some good luck with this on both the Google home and the Alexa platforms.

I would personally say that they are both equally the same as far as the setup time. From my experience with them, neither the Google Home Mini nor the Alexa have any real pitfalls when used with the Ecobee app except only one, humidity.

Understanding Humidity Control

I have been using my ecobee thermostat for quite sometime now and have been running a humidifier on my furnace controlled by the Ecobee for like a month now. The first few weeks the humidifier worked great. I could feel the warmth in the air and I was also able to actually lower my furnace by about 1.5 degrees celcius.

Over the past few weeks though, I started to run into some problems with water and ice in my house. I know that the ecobee has frost control on it that helps in combating this. But what I am curious is the twerks for the frost control in the installation.

I have double-paned Pella windows in my home, which are great windows – but I still have to set the efficiency on the Ecobee thermostat to the middle setting rather than the high one. However, I love the idea of allowing users to further tweak that efficiency variable to get it perfect for their home.

If there is one thing that I have noticed about Alexa and Google home mini that is annoying, is that when you use Ecobee, neither of them do support humidity feature.

For example, when I recently asked Google Home Mini “What is the humidity of the basement?” it answered, “Sorry, I am not unable to reach the basement, please try again later.” On the other hand, I also tried when I used Alexa, “What is the humidity in the basement?”  She answers “The basement doesn’t support that.”

You can see that this would be a pretty useful feature of most humidity problems that people experience in certain areas of their houses, like the basement. It is certainly easier for one to ask Google Home what is the humidity rather than running down the stairs to check.

If your Ecobee is running too hot, there must be something up with it. And here is some of the reasons for such and the solutions I found.

Conclusion

If you have been here before and have been reading some of my other articles here recently, then you probably know that I am a huge fan of Ecobee thermostats and I have installed them in four different zones in my house.

This addition of Google Home Mini then makes them even more useful as they enable me to check on or even change the temperature in any of the rooms in my house without actually being there in person.

I would rate Ecobee with an A- in their implementation of Google Home Mini that would easily change to an A+ should they add the humidity thing.

If you are still interested, you may also want to have a look at one of my articles on the smart thermostats to use with Google Home before you go.