You have hit on one challenging aspect of using remote sensors and having the knowledge that one or several rooms in your home have a delta from the main console’s setting. Luckily, the Ecobee’s provide some handling logic for your convenience. The main console for the remotes that it senses can be set to disregard that room it the sensor detects no motion, or start heating the home when that room becomes occupied. Obviously, the “Follow me” setting has a drawback being that other parts of the home might become higher (in the winter of lower in the summer) trying to keep the home’s remote rooms at a level that the main console has been set.
The Ecobee’s also offer room temperature averaging, hence in my home, when I set the main console to 68, and the room temperature remotes that are sensing motion, they will be used to “average” the overall home temperature. When no rooms detect motion, the system goes into AWAY mode and seeks that average new temperature.
The Ecobee’s also can start to heat the home automagically (senses outside temperature and uses past history) to make sure that the home is at the temperature you desire at the time you specify. It knows how long it takes to get to the new temperature setting and starts it’s routine early so you wake up (or come back from vacation) to a perfectly warm/cool house everyday…no more guessing when to start the different mode settings a few hours early.
If you have a home with vent controls, as you mentioned, this would go a long way to divert more heat or cooling to those rooms of the home that need it. I have yet to pursue that avenue, mainly because of the cost of the vents, and our home seems to heat those areas rapidly enough, while not boiling/freezing those areas of the home that receive more air. I guess I have the manual vent dampers set optimally now.
Here are some screen shots of my main floor Ecobee and the remote sensors (at 4am we love a cool home to sleep in).
@bamarayne: I am jealous that you have multiple Echo’s and can just speak your commands. This is a direction I am heading. I guess I was waiting to see if Amazon was going to offer a decent multiple unit purchase discount or announce a new Echo model for linking whole home voice control automation.
So I guess your Amazon Echo and ST experience has been positive?