I recently migrated to the new app and a v3 hub. As many other users have noted, routines are not available. As I create new functions, I find myself wondering whether to use an automation or a scene. For example, if I want all of the thermostats to set to a higher temperature in the morning, I used to have an “I’m awake” routine.
Looking at the Automations screen, I see that it is is generally an if/then affair (with the “if” being something like a certain time), and includes the option to add “conditions”. Automations also can be set to run or not. Scenes, on the other hand, do not appear to have any trigger, and can thus only be activated by the user when they wish.
It seems to me that many scenes could be automations and vice-versa. Why not just create the ability (in addition to run on/off that already exists), to manually run an automation and thus do away with the idea of a scene altogether? That would make things less confusing.
What are some examples of things you have chosen to run as scenes, or as automations?