New App: Thermostat Mode Director

Thank you both. I will try that.

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Hello,
I am relatively new to smart home world. I do have the Smart Things Hub, and have connected WeMo Devices for lights , that was my first purchase. After buying a Schlage programmable door lock and a Ring Doorbell I got the Smart Things hub to use The RBoy LUM program which is amazing. All was going well so I bought and we installed the Ring Alarm system, foolishly I assumed because I was able to connect the Ring doorbell and trigger lights off motion I could do the same with all Ring products. Anyhow, I was thinking that I could then turn off heat and AC when doors and or windows were left opened for more than a few minutes. Unfortunately, I have been unable to connect the Ring Alarm system to the Smart Things Hub. Without being able to connect the whole alarm system is there any app, or suggested way to do this? We will have renters for the summer, and I dread the AC bill when doors and windows are left open and the AC is cranked up and left running only to chill the great outdoors. Appreciate any and all suggestions!

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Hey guys!

This app seems to be exactly what I need to automatically manage my heat pump system. The only thing is that I need “Emergency Heat” mode to set when the temp is below the heat pumps efficient range.

Any ideas?

Not that you don’t need to be able to turn on emergency heat but…

The heat pump system should turn on the auxiliary heat without your intervention when it gets too cold for pumping heat.

Emergency heat control is for … emergencies …

https://www.bobsredtrucks.com/blog/what-is-emergency-heat/

“Most people think that when it gets very cold outside, it is necessary to turn their Emergency Heat setting on, but this is not true. If your heating system is working properly, the Emergency Heat setting will turn on automatically if the outdoor temperature is too cold for the primary source of heat to work alone. The only time someone should manually turn on the Emergency Heat setting is if there is a problem with your heat pump. For instance, if there is physical damage to the outdoor unit or if a heat pump continues to freeze up or short out.”

I assumed this as well, until my electric bill tripled and my basement was wet from the frozen then thawed heat pump. It was the HVAC repair guy who informed us that we want to run our system on Emergency Heat in the winter.

Interesting. That’s the opposite of what my HVAC guys said. What he said agrees with the article I linked. While you’ll need the Aux Heat to come on, using emergency heat cuts off the heat pump entirely and isn’t good for it

We’re in a home that was completed mid-2018 in south central Texas so we don’t get long stretches below what the heat pump can handle. I always check the thermostats when it gets down into the 20s and they show that Aux Heat is on.

We do get long stretches… I’m in ND, and it was -20 this morning… anyway, I’m guessing that since our Aux heat is propane and completely independent of the Heat Pump system that’s why ours is set up differently? We’re still learning about it as we bought the house in the summer, and no one gave us the crash course…

Thanks for the heads up, we’ll definitely investigate further!

I’m sorry for you! I spent a good chunk of my younger years in ND, Minot, Bismarck, and college in Grand Forks. Still have a lot of relatives up there. We moved to Texas almost 40 years ago.

I would definitely look into your Aux/Emergency heat. Mine is electric and part of the whole Carrier system. So a gas or propane unit might work differently.

We’re in Mandan, good move getting out!

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