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No matter what’s the best thermostat for you, if you want to leverage it to the max under the ST platform and benefit from the most resilient implementation, you’d need to look into the following custom ecobee and Nest DTHs here:
I’m happy to announce a new alternative for ST users who have Nest products at home. This new alternative leverages the standard ST UI (for faster rendering on both Android & iOS) & all ST standard capabilities plus new features from the Nest APIs for better synergy between the 2 ecosystems (ex. setETA for geofencing and comfort & energy saving tips with the NestGetTips smartapp and voice commands).
With my code, there is no need to create a Nest Developer account and set up different permissions as Nest has authorized MyNextManager app for many users. This simplifies the Nest Setup process a lot for the end users and avoid subsequent errors/exceptions in operations.
The code has been designed to work with an ecosystem of smartapps acting as “micro services”. The design is NOT a big m…
Whether you choose the Ecobee or the Nest, my implementation above can give
you comfort & energy tips based on your indoor/outdoor conditions at your home. If you use the Ask Alexa app, those tips can be given to you verbally with your Amazon echo/dots.
And, if you have smart vents (Flair, Keen Home, EcoNet, etc.), you can use them to create your own virtual/physical zones at your home:
Using my zoned heating smartapps, which are compatible with My Ecobee device (for ecobee) and MyNext Devices (for the Nest thermostats), or any other ST connected thermostat with standard capabilities (z-wave, zigbee) as a master thermostat, my zoned heating/cooling smartapps can be used to control your main thermostat and all other room thermostats (acting as slave) at your home to reach your targeted heating/cooling setpoints based in your own virtual zones:
For more information about zoned heating/cooling smartapp, refer to
For more information about My Ecobee device, refer to
For more information about MyNext devices, refer to
There are many testimonials under my threads above and below:
I’ve been using Yves’ heating/cooling solutions apps for almost 10 months now with my 4 Keen smart vents. My 2nd floor bedrooms were always much too hot in the summer & cold in the winter due to a poor design by the HVAC “professionals”. Now with the Keen Smart Vents and Yves’ app, my first and 2nd floors are balanced to within 2 degrees. I don’t let the vents close to less than 20% and with only 4 smart vents it doesn’t put too much back pressure on the system. This setup saved me $7500 which was the quote I got to convert my HVAC system to 2 ducted zones.
yvesracine - this is really a great app and well worth every penny in my opinion. I’m using it with 28 keen vents, 2 ecobee3’s with 12 remote sensors and it’s done a fantastic job at zoning and keeping each room at very similar temps. Thanks!
I recently started using your Smartthings App - zoned heating/cooling with 6 Keen Smart Vents and 2 Samsung Motion/Temperature Sensors for a recently finished basement. My Furnace Thermostat is on the first floor and does a great job of keeping that floor at 70 degrees, however; my basement temperature would fluctuate. With your app and the 2 Samsung Motion/Temperature Sensors, I can keep the basement from becoming over-heated (I set the temperature for heating to 70 degrees for the 2 zones I created and use the Samsung sensors to read that temperature.)
I am thinking of purchasing an Ecobee 3 Thermostat to put in the basement (mainly as a way to allow people to think they are setting the basement thermostat.) This would replace me setting a threshold temperature in the Smart Things ap…
Excellent SmartApp and a great example of real integration using ST. I replaced all my vents with Keen, have a nest thermostat and ST with ScheduleTstatZones SmartApp from
@yvesracine ruling them all. The Smartapp has soooo many features that you will definitely find the combination of settings that works for your house. The app is being improved constantly through updates and the developer is always available to answers questions quickly.
Great Smart App.
My Setup is an Ecobee3 with 8 sensors and 7 comfort settings. SmartThings with 5 ST Temp/Humidity sensors, 3 EcoNet Controls smart vents, and 6 (so far) Keen Home smart vents.
Was able to integrate it all into the app and run it with the Ecobee3 comfort profiles. In the app I have set up 6 rooms, 5 zones, and all 7 schedules. One of my comfort settings/schedules excludes the E3 remote temp sensors and closes the vents in my 2 bedrooms on Wednesday and Thursday when nobody is there.
The main one of many features that I like and sets this app above the Keen Home app and others is the ability to open all the vents when the E3 is set to fan on to circulate the air in the main level and basement.
Next up for me will be setup a smart outlet in the basement to power a fan …
I’m just beginning to realize how powerful this solution can be. Living in Arizona is hard on any cooling system during the summer. I’m definitely interested in exploring the benefits of smart vents.
I’ve been very satisfied using the ecobeeSetZoneWithSchedule smartapp to control my ecobee 3 thermostat and sensors. Adding smart vents to my system may be the next step for me.