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I have a brand new G9MAE (Heil brand) furnace, and we will be getting a heat pump (instead of an AC unit). Not sure on the model yet though. Our contractor installed a basic honeywell programmable thermostat, and while it works, it's ugly and I don't like it.
I am very interested in the Ecobee3, but I am wondering if it is worth the price to upgrade, considering our equipment is brand new. What will it offer me vs a basic thermostat that I have programmed? Our home is older, so I do like the fact that you can add sensors in different rooms.
Two specific questions though:
Will the Ecobee3 automatically switch the heat pump from heating to cooling, and vice versa, as the temperature rises and falls throughout the day?
We have iphones, so I see they have an apple homekit version. Can this model still connect with other smartthings? Or is it strictly apple?
Any other recommendations better than Ecobee3? Something that could integrate with an alarm system?
Thanks in advance!