Although Apple continues to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect despite Google’s acquisition of the smart device company, the iPhone maker has added a competing Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat to the lineup. Apple has recently added the Ecobee3 smart Wi-Fi thermostat to the Connected Home section of its online store. The smart thermostat, which can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad, is available for $249.95.

The addition of the Ecobee3 smart thermostat to the Apple online store is notable, given that the iPhone maker also sells the Google-owned Nest thermostat through its online storefront. Considering that the Fitbit fitness tracker was recently dropped from the Apple Store, it is plausible to think that the Nest could be on its way out as well in the foreseeable future.

The Ecobee3 smart thermostat helps to eliminate uneven temperatures in households based on remote sensors that intuitively keep a room at the right temperature when it is occupied. Meanwhile, when rooms are empty, the Ecobee3 helps you save money and energy while you are away. The thermostat supports up to 32 remote sensors over Wi-Fi.

A free Ecobee3 companion app for the smart thermostat is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, enabling users to efficiently manage their home heating and cooling system from anywhere. Ecobee3 finds that the average user saves up to 23% on their heating and cooling bills per year by using the smart Wi-Fi thermostat in their home.

Product Highlights:

  • Reads the temperature in multiple rooms making the rooms you use most more comfortable
  • Intuitive interface and large touch screen that works like your iPhone
  • Comes with one free remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors throughout your house
  • Offers personalized reports and energy savings insights through Home IQ
  • Control your system from anywhere using the ecobee3 app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Start your day with live weather and a preview of the days ahead with a five-day forecast
  • Average installation times are less than 45 minutes with equipment auto-detection features
  • Includes free power extender kit for truly reliable power
  • Three-year manufacturer’s warranty included

The Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat also retails for $249 on Amazon with free shipping.

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