Routines and Thermal Convection


Is there any easy way to set up routines with dual-zone thermostats to account for thermal convection? Basically I want the downstairs AC always set to 2 degrees colder than the upstairs. Right now, with both of them set at the same temperature, the upstairs unit is having to work much harder.

(Eric) #2

You have two thermostats? Sounds like you want two routines.


I have an I’m Home routine that should run when someone is in the house. I don’t want to have to push a second button for the same routine. I come from using a Vera UI5, where this functionality is trivial to set up.

Its not ideal, but is there a way to link a 2nd routine to a first one to run automatically.

(Eric R) #4

You could use a virtual switch to trigger the 2nd routine.


How would I do that? I’m new to the system.

(Eric R) #6

To make virtual switches, I created a service manager to help. Check this out for more information:

Once you have a virtual switch, you can use the “Switch Activates Home Phrase” in the marketplace under Lights and Switches. ‘Home Phrase’ is the old term for routine.


Thanks. This process is a bit awkward, but I guess it gets the job done.