ecobee3 - Using Preferences

  • To access these settings select Menu > Settings > Preferences.  Refer to User Guide (Configuring Personal Preferences).

 

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Date & Time

You can configure the time to use a 12 or 24-hour format.

Note:The currentdateand time are programmed duringinitialsetup and automatically from the Internet. If you need to adjust the data and time, log in to your personalized web portal.

On Thermostat:

To adjust the time format:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Date & time
  2. Select Time format.
  3. Touch 12 hr or 24 hr.

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Time.
  3. Select 12 Hour or 25 Hour.

Temperature Display

You can configure the ecobee3 to display the temperature values in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Temperature display.
  3. Touch °F or °C. 

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Temperature Display.
  4. Select Fahrenheit or Celsius.

 

Heating/Cooling Ranges

You can configure the ecobee3 to only display a specific heat and/or cool set point range. This prevents users from selecting values outside the displayed range.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Heating range or Cooling range.
  3. Adjust the allowed upper and lower values.
  4. Touch Save.

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Heat Set Point Range or Cool Set Point Range.
  4. Set the allowed upper and lower values by sliding the values left or right.

 

Thermostat Name

You can customize the name of your ecobee3 to suit your needs (i.e. Main Floor). This is useful if you have multiple systems or zones and are accessing your thermostat from your personalized web portal.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Thermostat name.
  3. Select an existing name from the list or choose Enter your own.
  4. Touch Save.
  5. If you choose your own name, enter the custom name and touch Save.

 

Screen Brightness

You can customize the brightness of your ecobee3's screen. The brightness for both the active and standby screens can be configured independently. You can also configure the screen to automatically sleep (i.e. turn off) whenever your ecobee3 enters the Sleep activity period. For example, if your thermostat is located in a bedroom, you may want to blank the screen when you are sleeping, whereas if the thermostat is in a hallway, you may want the screen displayed all the time.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Screen brightness.
  3. Adjust the values of the Active and Standby screen brightness.
  4. Select Screen sleeps when I sleep if you want to make the screen blank during the Sleep activity period.

Active to Standby Screen Timer

You can configure how long it takes for the standby screen to activate after you have finished using the thermostat.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Active to standby screen timer.
  3. Adjust the activation time as required.

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Active to Standby Sleep Timer.
  4. Select the length of time before the screen sleeps by sliding the values left or right.

 

Hold Action Duration

You can configure how long a manual change to the set point will remain in effect.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Hold action.
  3. Select the hold action from the list:
  • 2 hours
  • 4 hours
  • Until the next scheduled activity
  • Until you change it (default value)
  • Decide at time of change

 

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Hold Action.
  4. Select the hold action from the list:
  • 2 hours
  • 4 hours
  • Until the next scheduled activity
  • Until you change it (default value)
  • Decide at time of change

Smart Recovery

Smart recovery lets your ecobee3 learn how your heating and cooling system works, taking into account weather and historical operating performance so that your home reaches the scheduled set point at the time in which the change occurs (i.e. not afterwards). For example, if you wake up at 6:00 AM, you do not need to schedule your Home period to start at 5:30 AM. Smart Recovery will start the HVAC equipment to ensure that at 6:00 AM, the house is at your desired temperature.

On Thermostat:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
  2. Select Heating Smart Recovery or Cooling Smart Recovery.
  3. Touch Enable or Disable.

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Smart Recover Heat Mode or Smart Recovery Cool Mode.
  4. Select Enable or Disable.

Access Control

You can prevent people from making changes your thermostat's schedule, vacation, or system settings by configuring a 4-digit security code. If enabled, the security code will be required to access and change these settings.

On Thermostat:

To add a security code or change existing settings:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Access control
  2. If the security code is currently disabled (default setting), touch Enable Security Code, enter a new code and touch Save.

Otherwise, enter the existing security code.

       3. Select the feature(s) you want to protect:

  • Temperature & Quick Changes
  • Schedule
  • Vacation
  • System & Settings

To remove an existing security code:

  1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Access control
  2. Enter the existing security code.
  3. Touch Change Security Code.
  4. Delete the existing code and touch Save

On Web:

  1. Select Settings tile.
  2. Select Access Control.
  3. If the security code is currently disabled (default setting), select Enable and enter a new code and touch Save. 

Otherwise, enter the existing security code.

       4. Select the feature(s) you want to protect:

  • Temperature & Quick Changes
  • Schedule
  • Vacation
  • System & Settings