Canadian smart home accessory maker Ecobee appears to be preparing to release a new version of its SmartThermostat with a built-in indoor air quality sensor.

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Ecobee released a new version of its iOS app this week that includes a hidden image of a SmartThermostat with an indoor air quality indicator visible on the screen. The updated app also includes descriptions such as “keep your home’s air clean with your Smart Thermostat’s built-in air quality sensor” and “your sensor is calibrating to your home,” according to code changes discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser.

Ecobee has yet to publicly announce the new SmartThermostat, so no additional details or a release date are known at this time, but the sensor will presumably turn on a home’s HVAC fans when indoor air quality has fallen below certain thresholds. This would result in air circulating through the HVAC system’s filters for improved air quality.

Ecobee thermostats were previously compatible with the third-party Await + air quality sensor, but this integration was discontinued in 2020.

Ecobee’s SmartThermostat supports Apple’s smart home platform HomeKit and also gained support for “Hey Siri” voice control last year. The thermostat is regularly priced at $ 249.99 in the United States, but it is currently on sale for $ 199.99.

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