@Heyup has chosen me to review the Degrii Smart Thermostat. Sadly, I have had an unfortunate experience but I still wanted to share.
Unboxing/Setup: Boxing on both is average, nothing out of the ordinary, however, sliding the smart thermostat box out of the sleeve was a bit challenging and required a bit more force than what should’ve been required. Contents in both the boxes were packed nicely allowing for no damage.
When I opened the shipping box and saw a little bulky C-Wire adapter/battery, I got pretty nervous. Upon opening, there are no clear instructions on how to mount the C Adapter. The C adapter is needed because I don’t have a C wire preinstalled. My past thermostats, such as my Google Nest, had the option for both C Wire and Batteries.
Unfortunately, the app did not guide me through using/mounting the C Wire adapter, aside from the letters on the wires.
So I decided to reach out to customer support. After some back and forth, they informed me that the adapter would have to be wired in via the control board near the HVAC system, not inside next to the thermostat and that the adapter has a magnet to attach to the control board. So much for a 15 minute or less install.
Due to the complex case, lack of easy access to control board and problems that could arise at the control box/board, I decided not continue with installation of this thermostat.
App: While I wasn’t able to explore all of the app, it will tell you ahead of time if your system is compatible or not. This is a must if you must purchase this thermostat. If it’s compatible, the app will guide you through installation as most smart thermostats, like Google Nest, will.
Takeaway: If you must purchase this thermostat, I HIGHLY suggest that you already have all needed wires pre installed throughout your home, especially the C (Power) wire as this thermostat does NOT take batteries. If you end up needing an adapter, installation will become more complicated.