Wyze launches room sensors for its Wyze Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

The long awaited Wyze room sensor starts today. Originally promised in 2021, it’s a small, wireless device that pairs with the smart home company’s Smart wifi thermostat, which was launched in December 2020. The Wyze room sensor is designed to optimize comfort in your home and help manage hot and cold spots. It detects temperature, humidity and movement. The sensor only works when paired with the thermostat via the Wyze app, so it cannot be used as a standalone temperature monitor.

Each sensor is $24.99 plus shipping, or $69.99 plus shipping for a three-pack. They can be purchased bundled with the Wyze Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat ($70.99) for $145.96 (plus shipping).

Room sensors are a popular addition to smart thermostats to give you greater control over the temperature in every room in your home. That eco bee thermostats, Nest Learning Thermostatand Honeywell Home T9 thermostat are some consumer models with the option of wireless remote sensors. While they can help your thermostat cool or heat a room to a specific temperature, they can’t just control the temperature in that room. When a room sensor in the kitchen reports that it’s too cold, the thermostat sends heat to each room to make the kitchen warmer.

Each Wyze room sensor weighs 40 grams and is 5 inches tall. They can sit on a magnetic mount or be attached to a wall with double-sided tape.
Image: Wyze

The new Wyze room sensors have two main features: an automatic comfort mode that uses data from the sensors to keep the rooms you are in at the desired temperature, and a hot/cold spot management system that Keeping your entire home at the right temperature. This can be set to prioritize energy savings or maximize comfort, or somewhere in the middle.

Automatic comfort mode uses the device’s motion sensor to determine which rooms you’re using and then averages the temperature readings between them. It then communicates with the thermostat via Bluetooth to tell your heating/cooling system to adjust to that temperature. The Wyze app lets you turn specific sensors on or off based on what mode your thermostat is in – Sleep or Home – so you don’t accidentally chill downstairs all night because you’ve grabbed a midnight snack .

The sensors also have a temperature offset (from 3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) that allows for a difference between the reading of the thermostat and the reading of the sensor. A lower offset provides a more accurate temperature in the room, while a higher offset gives the system more flexibility and is more likely to result in greater energy savings.

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The Wyze Room Sensor shows the current temperature and humidity on its E Ink display.
Image: Wyze

An E Ink display on the sensor visually shows the room’s temperature and humidity and is a feature that has no competition. Both Ecobee and Honeywell Home’s T9 room sensors measure humidity, temperature and movement, as do Wyze’s. Nest can only measure temperature and will only work with the Nest Learning Thermostat, not the newer Nest thermostat.

Wyze’s sensors are also characteristically affordable, with sensors from competing companies starting at $39.99 compared to Wyze’s $24.99. Each Wyze thermostat can support up to six sensors, which is identical to Nest but fewer than Honeywell (20) and Ecobee (32). The sensors are powered by two AAA alkaline batteries, which Wyze says will last up to three years. They come with a magnetic stand for placing on a shelf or table, or can be attached to a wall with double-sided mounting tape.

The new room sensors are not required for the Wyze thermostat to operate, they are just an additional way to control your comfort level. While we haven’t tested Wyze’s sensors, based on our experience with models from other manufacturers, room sensors are most useful when you have spots in your home where your heating or cooling system is struggling to keep it cozy or cool enough.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/3/23054442/wyze-room-sensors-smart-wifi-thermostat-release-date-specs-price Wyze launches room sensors for its Wyze Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

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