“It’s official. Climate change has entered my house.”
You say as you walk around your home.
It just feels so humid, but you can’t tell how much.
That’s why you bought an Ecobee device.
The problem? You don’t know for sure if it has a Humidity Sensor.
Don’t fret. I’ve got your answer right here.
Keep reading to discover:
- How to recalibrate the Humidity Levels of your Ecobee device.
- 7 surprising facts about Ecobee devices and their Humidity Sensors.
- The only Ecobee devices that have a Humidity Sensor and their other features.
- Absolute vs. Relative Humidity: What’s their difference, and which one does Ecobee use.
- And so much more…
Does Ecobee have a Humidity Sensor?
Ecobee has a Humidity Sensor on select devices. The only Ecobee products with Humidity Sensors are the Ecobee3 and the Ecobee4. As for their other products, all they have are Occupancy and Temperature Sensors.
7 facts about Ecobee and their Humidity Sensor
#1: Not all Ecobee Thermostats have Humidity Sensors
Do you already own an Ecobee device? And are you looking for its Humidity Settings?
If so, I have potentially bad news for you:
Not all Ecobee Thermostats have Humidity Sensors.
In fact, only two Ecobee devices have a Humidity Sensor. These two are the:
That’s it. Not even Ecobee3 Lite, which is the budget version of the Ecobee 3, has a humidity sensor.
But there’s more:
Do you also own an Ecobee Remote Sensor? These are the Ecobee Room Sensors and SmartSensors.
These are handy tools that can connect to your main Ecobee Thermostat. You can connect up to 32 of these to your primary Ecobee device to gauge the rest of your home.
The issue? These Remote Sensors don’t have a Humidity Sensor. All they have are sensors for:
You may also be interested in: Ecobee Smart Sensor vs Room Sensor
#2: How to setup your Ecobee Thermostat and Sensor
Now, let’s say you just bought a new Ecobee Thermostat with a Humidity Sensor.
You must now learn how to set it up.
Not only is this crucial for viewing the Humidity Levels of your home…
But you also need to finish the setup stage to start using the Ecobee Thermostat. This is possible through these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Setup on your Ecobee device
- Properly mount your Ecobee device.
- Wait until your Ecobee Thermostat turns on.
- On the device, choose the type of power source you used.
- Press Next if the wiring configuration is correct.
- Highlight any accessory you installed with the Ecobee.
- Choose your home’s heating type: furnace or boiler.
- Lastly, pick your preferred name for the Ecobee device.
Step 2: Change your default temperature settings
- From the list of choices, select your preferred Wi-Fi connection method.
- Choose your HVAC system.
- Use the slider to pick the correct temperature of your home during summer and winter.
- Select the correct timezone.
Step 3: Setup on your Ecobee app
- A four-digit code should now be on your Ecobee screen.
- Download the Ecobee app on your smartphone. (Available on Android and iOS).
- Open the Ecobee app.
- Tap Register.
- Input the four-digit code into the empty prompt.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- Log in to your Amazon account to enable Alexa and finalize the setup.
You’re now all set to use your Ecobee device and app. The Humidity Levels can be found on your Ecobee device and the app itself.
If you prefer these instructions to be in video form…
You can always watch Ecobee’s tutorial on how to set up your Ecobee Thermostat:
#3: The other features of Ecobee Thermostats besides Humidity Sensors
Looking for a reason to buy Ecobee Thermostats besides measuring Humidity Levels?
Well, look no further.
The truth is, Ecobee Thermostats are jampacked with interesting features. Some of these are:
- Voice Control.
- Wired in and long warranty.
- Can be used as an intercom.
- Android and iOS compatibility.
- Eco+ to limit energy consumption.
- Compatible with most HVAC systems.
- Sensors for Occupancy and Temperature.
Note: If you’re worried that your Ecobee is incompatible with your HVAC system, use this list.
#4: Ecobee measures Relative Humidity, not Absolute Humidity
There are 2 kinds of Humidity Levels used by most people:
Absolute Humidity and Relative Humidity.
Now, you might be wondering:
“What’s their difference?”
Humidity measures the general moisture of an area.
Whereas Absolute Humidity refers to the amount of vapor in one place…
Relative Humidity is the amount of vapor compared to the maximum amount of moisture.
If you’re still confused, let’s put it this way:
Think of one water vapor as one grain of rice and the vaporization area as a cup. And let’s say you have a ¼ cup of rice in your hand.
The Absolute Humidity, in that case, is however many grains of rice that cup contains. On the other hand, the Relative Humidity of that cup is 25%.
Did that visualization help? If it did, you might be wondering next:
“Why is this important to learn?”
I’m telling you this so you’d know what you should expect from Ecobee. And that’s the fact that an Ecobee device uses Relative Humidity and not Absolute.
#5: Ecobee Humidity Sensors aren’t accurate
Now, let’s talk about user reviews.
When it comes to the Ecobee3 and Ecobee4, users had a lot of good things to say.
However, now and again, this type of forum post pops up:
“My Ecobee Humidity Sensor is inaccurate.”
Typically, you can just say this results from a faulty device. Many users have come forward on forums saying the same thing.
One user even went as far as buying a second Humidity Sensor just to prove this.
But don’t worry. There’s an easy fix for this…
And that’s to correct your Humidity Settings using the Ecobee app. You can do this by following these instructions:
- Get an accurate Humidity measurement of your home.
- Open the Ecobee app on your phone.
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Select Installation Settings.
- Press Thresholds.
- Tap Humidity Correction.
- Use the slider to make your Ecobee Humidity Level the same as your reading on step #1.
#6: How to factory reset and recalibrate your Ecobee device
What if you want to recalibrate the Humidity Settings of your Ecobee device? Is this possible?
Thankfully, it is.
You just need to factory reset it. Doing so will delete the following on your Ecobee Thermostat:
- Ecobee account.
- Scheduled tasks.
- Equipment configurations.
- Saved settings and preferences.
Now, if you’re pushing through with a reset, here’s what you have to do:
- Open the Ecobee app on your phone.
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Tap Reset.
- Choose Reset All.
#7: Ecobee has IFTTT support for its Humidity Sensors
In today’s technological landscape, connectivity is an important factor in everything.
That’s why it’s great to learn that Ecobee devices have IFTTT support.
If you’re unfamiliar with IFTTT, it stands for “If This Then That.”
This is an open-source software made to connect smart devices.
Here’s a list of things it can do for your Ecobee. Some of those features even use the Humidity Sensors of your Ecobee Thermostat.
BONUS: Where you can contact Ecobee in case something’s wrong
If you have a malfunctioning Ecobee device, it’s always good to have someone you can call.
In this case, it’s best to leave your Ecobee issues to the professionals. You can contact Ecobee by looking for your location on their website.
What does the Ecobee Humidity Sensor do?
Ecobee Humidity Sensors measure the Relative Humidity of your home. For more information about this, you can consult the section in this article titled:
“#4: Ecobee measures Relative Humidity, not Absolute Humidity.”