ecobee3 Adjusting Sensor Modes

Adjusting Sensor Modes

Your ecobee3 supports wireless remote sensors that detect motion and temperature in different rooms (one was included with your thermostat). Your ecobee3 also has a built-in motion sensor. With these sensors, you can optimize the operation of your thermostat to ensure comfort in the rooms and times that matter most. For information about installing new sensors, see the ecobee Installation Guide, or the documentation included with the sensor itself. 

Smart Home/Away

Smart Home/Away applies all the sensors in your network – including the sensors built-in your thermostat. It works by following your schedule unless any sensor in your network is in conflict with your schedule. In other words, if your ecobee3 senses that you are home during a scheduled Away period, or away during a scheduled Home period, it will automatically override your schedule by placing you in Smart Home/Away mode to maximize comfort (Smart Home) and savings (Smart Away).

On Thermostat:

1. Select Main Menu > Sensors > Smart Home/Away

2. Touch Enable to have your sensor network and thermostat detect occupancy. To have your thermostat strictly follow your programmed schedule, touch Disable.

Follow Me

Follow Me is a feature that applies to a selected group of the sensors in your network (including the sensor built-in your thermostat). It works by looking for motion triggered by any of the selected sensors. If motion is detected, the temperature reading from that sensor will be used by your ecobee3 to decide when to operate your heating or cooling system. This ensures that you are comfortable in the rooms that you are occupying. If more than one sensor detects motion, the average of these sensors will be used. Your ecobee3 makes changes gradually when many sensors are detecting motion to make sure there are no sudden or large changes for your heating and cooling system to deal with. When Follow Me is disabled, your ecobee3 will continuously use the average temperature readings from all the sensors that you’ve selected as the desired temperature to control your ecobee3. For example, suppose you have a room in your house that is far from your thermostat and you want this room to be at the thermostat’s set temperature, regardless if motion is occurring. In this case, set Follow Me to Disable and only select this room. Your ecobee3 will now only use the temperature in this room to decide when to operate your heating or cooling system.

On Thermostat:

1. Select Main Menu > Sensors > Follow Me

2. Enable or disable the Follow Me feature.

3. If enabled, select which sensors are affected by pressing on each checkbox.

ecobee3 User Guide