I moved over to this thread since my conversation is pretty much centered around this app now. So I went through a basic () configuration of this smart app and I think it has some amazing features. I have a couple questions but maybe first I need to be asking how much you would charge to walk me through configuring this app since I know you do this for a living and there’s only so much one could expect for free… I’m not a real doctor by the way, I’m a poor 34 year old with 3 kids
I only have 1 tstat (ecobee3) for the entire house, and my downstairs is consistently 10 degrees cooler than upstairs. Basically we set the tstat to keep the upstairs at a comfortable level, and it’s expected that downstairs will be cooler. As such, I have never wanted to average out the house temperature between my downstairs sensors and upstairs sensors because my default cooling set-point on the ecobee is at the maximum comfortable level for upstairs (79 degrees in the summer). So if the house is occupied, when downstairs gets factored in, suddenly upstairs becomes way too hot as it bumps the cooling point up.
The same holds true for winter. I set my heating set-point to a comfortable level for upstairs. If downstairs gets factored in, it raises the upstairs heating point and then upstairs becomes unnecessarily warm.
This is also why I never hooked up the mini sensor on my ecobee3. Maybe if the system detected that the downstairs was significantly cooler than the upstairs in the summer, it could just circulate air instead of running the A/C. That would be useful… but it seems your app wants to circulate based on outside temp and not inside differential?
Anyways, I did a basic setup of 3 rooms (only the rooms with sensors for now), 2 zones (upstairs and downstairs), and I did 3 schedules. But the schedules seem to be where I’m most confused.
I wasn’t sure what a “schedule” meant so I just created 3 to match the ecobee schedules of Home, Away and Sleep. I set each schedule to respectively align to it’s matching ecobee mode. Home Schedule matches the ecobee program “Home”, Sleep lines up with the Sleep program, etc… Then I set the same thresholds on each schedule:
Extra heating at 10
Extra cooling at 85
Less heating at 50
Less cooling at 70
Left Fan Mode settings at blank, max temp at default, and made the Home schedule only take affect when the house is in Home Mode, Sleep to only run in “Night” mode, and Away to run in “Errand (custom mode for me) and Away”.
I set it up send me detailed notifications. When the home mode is in Away or Errand, I get “No schedule applicable at this time”. When I switch to Home mode, it says “running schedule home, about to set zone settings as requested”. “Home avg ttemp=72, main tstat temp = 77.4, temp adjustment = 5.4. Cooling set-point is now 84 (adjusted by avg temp diff of -5.0).”
I guess for starters, if I want to do temp adjustments based on outdoor temps, I also have to average my indoor temp sensors (which I explained earlier posing a problem).
And I don’t know why the other home modes don’t trigger the other schedules to run.
Does it make sense to “circulate” my fan based on downstairs being colder than upstairs? Does that help upstairs cool off in the summer?