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Ecobee Adds Family Accounts to Share Your Thermostat Controls

A woman walking downstairs towards an ecobee thermostat.

Ecobee thermostats are an excellent choice for when you want more control and less learning from your smart thermostat. But if you wanted to share access to your ecobee thermostat with family, it meant handing out the same username and password to everybody. Thankfully, the ecobee app now supports family accounts, so you don’t have to give your teenagers your password anymore.

One of the benefits of a smart thermostat is controlling it from anywhere—whether you’re home or not. And since you may not always be home when your spouse, children, parents, or in-laws are, it can make sense to give them that same convenient app control.

When you set up the ecobee app (for iOS and Android), it automatically creates a “home” to associate your thermostat too. You can invite new members to the home directly from within the app. But you’ll want to consider carefully who you hand invitations to.

According to ecobee’s FAQ, any member of the home can invite other people to join the home. But ecobee will send you notifications about invites sent be any member, and only the owner can remove people.

One thing invited members can’t do is enroll or log out of the ecobee+ intelligence setting. But they can make changes to those settings. You also can’t limit an invited member’s ability to change the thermostat’s temperature, at least not yet.

Hopefully, with time, ecobee will give owners more granular control. But for now, at least, you aren’t handing out your password to everyone in the home.

via ecobee

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