Also to note: some fans don’t provide separate wiring for the lights and fan operation (you need a neutral and two loads in the overhead box). If there is only one load line then you can’t control the fan independently and there is no way to automate it. If you have two loads then you can use the fan switch.
In general there are these four options with variations on each.
Most expensive, Complete manual control.
- Run a three wire line from fan to switch box and install two smart switches (one dimmer, one fan switch)
More functionality, more expensive. You can control the fan and lights independently by single, double, or hold actions from the Homeseer or multi button switch. Dependent on Cloud
2. Homeseer 100+ (or other multi button smart switch) in switch box not connected to load, load hardwired directly to overhead box. Connections in overhead box: either smart dimmer/micro dimmer/smart lights connected to lighting load, fan smart switch to fan load.
Less expensive, no manual switch control
3. Same as above without smart switch in wall. Main switch unused/covered.
Least expensive, on/off only, no manual switch control, no dimming, fan speed change through pull chain.
4. Dual micro on/off switch in overhead. Main switch unused/covered
*Extra option for completion: Expensive, buy a smart fan