The entries you see in the activity feed is the true behavior of the thermostat.
This thermostat controls a baseboard heater with 15 seconds cycle to achieve better control and comfort.
So if the power bar is halfway, you could expect the baseboard to be On 7.5 seconds and Off 7.5 seconds.
So it’s not polling, but the thermostat reports its current heating state every time the load state changes.
The thermostat does not report the energy consumption as such, but the On/Off pattern could be extracted and analyzed to reach that goal.
I hope that answers your question.
@Luvien, the zipcode can be entered in the IDE or in the “Edit Device” menu from the device handler.
Thanks for the answer, that makes sense! Is there a way to disable those notifications or maybe an update of some sort you could consider? Imagine my house with 12 thermostat, it would generate a lot of traffic on the zwave network and within the Smartthings app…
Another question regarding switching from comfort to eco via zwave. In the manual, it says to use a basic command 0x00 and 0xFF… I can’t see how to do it with Rule Machine. If you look at a post I made earlier, I was able to do the switching between modes by sending the “setThermostatMode” command with a string value of “eco” or “comfort”. Is it the right way to do it?
Right now, there is no way to disable the notifications, but I will take a note of it.
I do have a question about the notifications issue you have.
I do have 12 thermostats myself and I do not see such notifications on my phone. I can see them in the activity feed, but I’m wondering what is annoying with this?
Do you have setup your SmartThings app to push notifications on your phone for every activity feed entry?
Regarding your other question, there is two ways to change between modes in the STZW402+ thermostat.
You may either use the Z-Wave Basic Set command or use the Z-Wave Thermostat Mode Set command.
By using the “SetThermostatMode” command from the device handler, it sends a Z-Wave Thermostat Mode Set command, so this is a legit way to do it.
I only see the notifications in the “Activity Feed” of the Smartthings app. It’s just that I’ve got other rules/devices putting notifications in the activity feed and I can’t see those because the thermostat is flooding the window!
As for the programmation of the rules to switch the thermostat mode, yes I’m able to select more than 1 thermostat in the rule…
So, if my home mode goes from “Home” to “Away”, it switches all thermostat to “eco”. When I comeback, it does the opposite.
As I said earlier, so far it’s a really nice product!
I am happy to announce that Sinopé is currently working on a driver to integrate their Web thermostats to SmartThings and it should be available soon. I will post another comment here as soon as it’s ready or you can consult our API page on our Website.
Thanks so much for the detailed post. I wonder if I had an older version of Rulemachine (I just updated to the latest before trying again).
I had thought I was doing exactly what you describe, but in step 26 I was only seeing customer commands titled “S” no matter what I did leading up to this point. I am no longer having this issue, and am able to change the mode using customer commands. (I had created a rule that just changed the set point prior to this, but I think I prefer the mode toggle vs. changing the set point).
My home office is on the side of my house, and isn’t on my forced air heating system. When I’m working from home, I let the rest of my house cool down considerably and instead use the radiator heat in my home office to keep me comfortable.
I now have a rule that will toggle the heat to eco mode if motion stops for 20 minutes, and back on again when motion resumes.
I’m considering a routine or mode “Work From Home” that would also link into this, but for now I’ve been focused on stand alone rules.
Thanks for the help. I highly recommend the Stelpro thermostat if you need a zwave controlled radiator thermostat… Easy install, good price, an engaged developer (plus great help from the community).
My contact at ST said that there should be no problem for a deployment this Thursday (March 10th).
I don’t know when they do their deployment during the day (morning or evening).
I will keep an eye out and let you know when I have some news.