Using Apple HomeKit with your ecobee4

Using Apple HomeKit with your ecobee4

Your ecobee4 is ready to work with Apple HomeKit out of the box, making it easy for you to control  your thermostat from your iPhone or iPad. With HomeKit you can use Siri voice commands to control your thermostat, set configurable ‘scenes’ to control multiple HomeKit accessories with a single Siri command, and set location-based scene triggers to activate scenes when arriving or leaving home (known as geofencing).

 

How to set up HomeKit

Setting up and pairing your ecobee4 with HomeKit is easy. Just open your ecobee mobile app and follow these steps:

 

  1. Tap MENU icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Tap ADD HOMEKIT-ENABLED ECOBEE4.
  3. Tap ADD HOME if you don’t have your Home set up.
  4. Enter the name of your Home and tap DONE.
  5. Tap ADD. Your HomeKit code should appear on your thermostat.

(If you have more than one ecobee, tap SAY HI to make sure you’re connecting to the right one.)

  1. Point your iPhone camera at the thermostat. You will see Paired with HomeKit on your thermostat.
  2. A default room will be created (you can change this later). Click NEXT.
  3. Success! You’ll see the 5 default commands you can start using! Click DONE.

 

What are HomeKit ‘Scenes’?

HomeKit ‘scenes’ allow you to adjust your thermostat and other HomeKit accessories with one command. For example, tell Siri “I’m leaving” and your thermostat will switch to your Away Comfort setting. Here are the 5 default ‘scenes’:

 

  1. Good morning: sets thermostat to Home comfort settings.
  2. Good night: sets thermostat to Sleep comfort settings
  3. I’m home: sets thermostat to Home comfort settings
  4. I’m leaving: sets thermostat to Away comfort settings
  5. Resume schedule: resumes the programmed schedule if the thermostat was placed on hold or was in vacation mode

 

How to create custom HomeKit Scenes

You can create custom HomeKit scenes to control your ecobee4 in addition to your default scenes with the ecobee mobile app:

 

  1. On the Thermostats page, tap MENU at the top right of the screen. 
  2. Select MANAGE HOMEKIT CONFIGURATION.
  3. On the Homes page tap SCENES.
  4. Tap the “+” button at the top right of the screen.
  5. Create your custom Scene and define the settings for your thermostat.

 

How to configure HomeKit geofencing

HomeKit uses geofencing to automatically start comfort settings based on you location, so if you’re close to home, your comfortable as soon as you arrive. To configure geofencing within Homekit, follow these steps:

 

  1. On the Thermostats page, tap MENU at the top right. 
  2. Select MANAGE HOMEKIT CONFIGURATION.
  3. On the Homes page tap the Geofence button under the appropriate home.
  4. Change the radius by pinching the radius-circle to increase or decrease the radius of the geofence.
  5. You may select a Scene that will trigger (or choose to do nothing) when you enter the geofence boundary and another for when you leave the boundary.