Make sure to take a look at the README… @StrykerSKS did a great job of explaining things there:
This is the section that applies to your questions:
Optionally, set the other settings:
Select Hold Type: This determines how a hold will behave. Either Permanent (until changed) or Temporary (until next program engages)
Use Smart Auto Temperature Adjust: This allows you to adjust the temperature using the Up and Down arrows within SmartThings even when the device is in mode Auto.
Polling Interval: Determines how often to poll (via API calls) for fresh thermostat/sensor data
Your question #1: HoldType
Under Select Hold type- what does this refer to - Is it related to say, if I override my conform setting the thermostat willnt keep temperature until i change it or until next scheduled event.
Yes, the hold type on the device in the app does the same sort of thing as changing the hold type on the ecobee itself (Just right now your device has more options for hold types. The SmartThings app only has 2.)
If you change the holdtype in the settings of the thermostat device in the app then when you change the temperature in the SmartThings app it’ll use that instead of what you have set on the ecobee. So for example on myphysical ecobee I had it set to holdtype until next transition, but in the Ecobee device in SmartThings it was indefinite (default).
So when I changed the temp on the physical device it would go back to schedule on next event (as per the programmed schedule home, sleep, wake, away etc.) but if I changed it in SmartThings (using a SmartApp, or the SmartThings device) it would stay at that temperature forever until I manually clicked on “Return to Schedule”.
Having said that, @StrykerSKS did add a ‘holdtype’ setting to the smartapp as well. I’m not 100% sure how the two places vary. Perhaps @StrykerSKS can shed some light on that?
smart auto temperature- Does this enable smart away feature in ecobee 3 or something else?In your thread you make reference to arrows for temperature adjustment, but just a little perplex with the name you used.
Question #2: Smart Auto Temperature Adjust
My understanding is that this is because typically when you are in “heat” mode the up arrow will change the heat temp, when you are in ‘cool’ mode the arrows change cooling temp. But in “auto” mode the arrows will need to adjust both the heating and cooling.
I initially thought it would be for the smart home/away, or for smart recovery (preheating before scheduled time), but I think that sort of thing would still be controlled by your physical ecobee’s settings.
Question #3: Polling
You also asked about the 5 minute polling? That’s a setting you can change yourself it you think that’s too much (Options are 5, 10, 15, 30).
Remember the Ecobee and Sensors don’t run on Z-wave, or Zigbee, so it doesn’t communicate directly with the SmartThings hub. What it does is it syncs data to the Ecobee’s servers, then this smartapp connects the Ecobee’s Servers with the SmartThings servers. So the polling information isn’t how often the SmartThings hub is talking to the sensors, or the ecobee device, it’s how often the SmartThings servers are talking to the Ecobee’s servers. I don’t think it’ll affect your battery life to have this at 5 minutes or to change it to 30.
Hope that helps!