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ecobee3 Feature Request Thread

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  • gpzbcgpzbc Colorado, USAMember

    @geeman1082 said:
    I've seen others reference the window efficiency setting but I cannot find it anywhere. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

    Preferences/Settings --> Installation Settings --> Equipment

    geeman1082
  • geeman1082geeman1082 MissouriMember

    @gpzbc said:
    Preferences/Settings --> Installation Settings --> Equipment

    Oh ... it took me a while, but now I realize you mean on the thermostat itself ... I've been trying to do all of this from the PC and/or app. Found it. Not sure what setting to use, but will venture into a humidifier thread to ask that question. Thanks for the response!

  • bgonzalesbgonzales AustinMember

    Hey guys, new here. I've had me Ecobee3 for a few seasons now.
    One thing that's frustrating is the delay for sensor data on the iOS iPad app. I usually look at it when I'm concerned the heat has been running too long and might be running the emergency electric coils but you have to wait an hour before the data populates and by then it's too late.
    All the manual heat pump thermostats have an "Emergency Heat" LED so you know when you're using the electric coils. I really really wish the Ecobee could put a little "2" by the flame icon or add another icon so you know you're running on emergency heat.
    Also, +1 for the clock. not a huge deal but most devices have the time somewhere as a convenience.

  • bgonzales,
    I am thinking about purchasing an ecobee3 lite and wondered about the display regarding which stage is running and was advised of the following in another thread. Is this information accurate. It sounds like the stage status is not displayed on your ecobee3.

    Shows orange flame icon, if running stage 2 or AUX there the number 2 or AUX will appear as a white subscript. You can see in the web browser or the Android at which stage is running.

  • lannister80lannister80 ChicagoMember

    @geeman1082 said:
    I've seen others reference the window efficiency setting but I cannot find it anywhere. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

    Ah, I think it's actually in the humidifier settings. I think when you go to "Mode" and select the mode (I have mine set to Auto), there's a thing in there that shows the humidifier as being part of that Mode. Click the humidifier, and I think that's where you set the desired humidity or turn on Frost Control. When you turn on Frost Control, there should be the "window efficiency" setting.

    I think, anyway, doing this from memory.

  • Hopefully this isn't a duplicate. I looked through the summary list and didn't see it:

    Press the AWAY button and then enter the exact date/time I want it to come out of AWAY mode.

  • +1 on the clock on the main display
    +1 on the icon to show the mode, flame, flame w/AUX, 2 etc to show what unit is working.

  • andrewandrew USAMember

    We recently installed the ecobee3 with a remote sensor and so far we love it. However, there are a few minor tweaks that would greatly improve it.

    1. Allow the user to customize the Home Screen. For example, I would like an "Away For Now" button on the Home screen so it is readily accessible if I leave during a "Stay" period. I would like the date and time on my sleep screen along with the current weather.

    2. Allow the user to adjust the motion sensitivity for the sensors. If I walk past my remote sensor just once it triggers the "occupied" function for approximately 20 minutes. I would like to be able to adjust the amount of motion (say two motion events in one minute) required to trigger the "occupied" state. I would also like to set the amount of time of no motion is required to trigger the "not occupied" state.

    3. I would like to disable the motion wake-up of my thermostat. It wakes up every time I walk past it. This is unnecessary. I like to require the screen to be tapped for it to wake up.

  • I would like to see a actual outdoor weather monitor connected to the thermostat Would be real nice if it had rain and wind(weather station)

  • colbycolby CanadaMember

    I'm new to the whole Smart Home world (trying to slowly integrate things, my wife is not sold yet), and the EcoBee3 is one of the first to get installed. The thermostat is in a very conspicuous place in the house, you see it on the dining room wall as you enter the main floor of the house, and my wife does not want the numbers to be showing all of the time. I have to get it installed and play with the brightness of the Standby screen, however I would also like two things:

    1. As mentioned above, the ability to not have the screen turn on every time someone moves past it. It is in a high-traffic area and this could prove to be annoying. Having the thermostat come to life with a touch would be a great option.
    2. The ability to completely blank the standby screen. I do not need to see the temperature from a glance, i do not need the time, and I do not need the weather. I just want a nice blank screen until I touch it to make a change. (if I need to touch it, I may be using the app)

    That's what I can see for now. I read most of this thread and there are some great ideas here.

    Cheers

  • lsbrodskylsbrodsky New Bern, NCMember

    I haven't figured out how to do a reliable search of a thread so at a risk of repeating, I would really like to see Smart Recovery applied to Aux Heat, perhaps selectable. My Aux Heat is an efficient gas furnace and I am not interested in minimizing its runtime. My comfort would be greatly improved if Smart Recovery could use the Aux Heat to have house temp at setpoint by the schedule.
    Larry

  • colbycolby CanadaMember

    @colby said:
    I'm new to the whole Smart Home world (trying to slowly integrate things, my wife is not sold yet), and the EcoBee3 is one of the first to get installed. The thermostat is in a very conspicuous place in the house, you see it on the dining room wall as you enter the main floor of the house, and my wife does not want the numbers to be showing all of the time. I have to get it installed and play with the brightness of the Standby screen, however I would also like two things:

    1. As mentioned above, the ability to not have the screen turn on every time someone moves past it. It is in a high-traffic area and this could prove to be annoying. Having the thermostat come to life with a touch would be a great option.
    2. The ability to completely blank the standby screen. I do not need to see the temperature from a glance, i do not need the time, and I do not need the weather. I just want a nice blank screen until I touch it to make a change. (if I need to touch it, I may be using the app)

    That's what I can see for now. I read most of this thread and there are some great ideas here.

    Cheers

    Turns out that #2 is already there! Working great so far (installed last night).

  • bob13obbob13ob san jose, caMember

    manual on, automatic off. this is such an obvious feature, I can't believe ecobee doens't offer it. The closest thing is setting manual settings to two hours. I got ecobee because of the motion sensors. MY lutron $30 light switch offers manual on/auto off, and manyh other configurations. http://www.smarthomehub.net/forums/discussion/1216/how-do-i-configure-smart-home-away-without-a-schedule#latest

  • gpzbcgpzbc Colorado, USAMember

    @colby said:
    Turns out that #2 is already there! Working great so far (installed last night).

    I didn't know that. Can you tell me more? Is it in the latest update? If so, what version. Thanks!

  • colbycolby CanadaMember

    @gpzbc said:

    I couldn't do it from the App, however following the instructions from the user manual, I did this on the thermostat:

    1. Select Main Menu > Settings > Preferences
    2. Select Screen brightness.
    3. Adjust the values of the Active and Standby screen brightness. This is where you can set it to blank for the standby screen
    4. Select Screen sleeps when I sleep if you want to make the screen blank during the Sleep activity period.
    gpzbc
  • gpzbcgpzbc Colorado, USAMember
  • bigdawg1513bigdawg1513 Warminster, PAMember

    Displaying the date-time on the screen would be a nice addition.

  • lannister80lannister80 ChicagoMember

    @bigdawg1513 said:
    Displaying the date-time on the screen would be a nice addition.

    People have been asking for this for YEARS.

  • gskrollgskroll Portland, MEMember

    I may have missed it but how about a feature to sync vacation specs to all Ecobee3 Thermostats in a home?

  • endo129endo129 NE OhioMember

    Has anyone ever asked for a tweak to the smart recovery feature like this and or gotten a response from ecobee as to why this works this way?:

    When transitioning from one comfort setting to another, there can be unnecessary heating or cooling of the home. For example, my home setting has my living room at 68, and my Sleep setting has my upstairs at 66. So the goal is to be at 68 in my living room until 10:00 and 66 upstairs at 10:00.
    As the transition begins, the measured temp begins to average between the upstairs and the living room. The upstairs begin cooler brings this average down. Therefore, the displayed temp falls below 68 and the heat kicks on.
    HOWEVER, most times, the upstairs is warmer than 66 but because the average of the upstairs and living room is now below the set of 68 (until 10:00), the heat continues to run until 10:00.
    The result is that at 10:00 the living room is now warmer than it was set to be (68) AND the upstairs is now warmer than is is set to be (66).
    So, if the comfort setting you're in is at temp. and the comfort setting you're transitioning to is at temp., why turn the heat on?

    Does that make sense? It's center intuitive to the whole reason we all bought an ecobee: to save energy and money and increase our comfort.

  • gpzbcgpzbc Colorado, USAMember
    edited January 24

    @endo129 said:
    Has anyone ever asked for a tweak to the smart recovery feature like this and or gotten a response from ecobee as to why this works this way?:

    When transitioning from one comfort setting to another, there can be unnecessary heating or cooling of the home. For example, my home setting has my living room at 68, and my Sleep setting has my upstairs at 66. So the goal is to be at 68 in my living room until 10:00 and 66 upstairs at 10:00.
    As the transition begins, the measured temp begins to average between the upstairs and the living room. The upstairs begin cooler brings this average down. Therefore, the displayed temp falls below 68 and the heat kicks on.
    HOWEVER, most times, the upstairs is warmer than 66 but because the average of the upstairs and living room is now below the set of 68 (until 10:00), the heat continues to run until 10:00.
    The result is that at 10:00 the living room is now warmer than it was set to be (68) AND the upstairs is now warmer than is is set to be (66).
    So, if the comfort setting you're in is at temp. and the comfort setting you're transitioning to is at temp., why turn the heat on?

    Does that make sense? It's center intuitive to the whole reason we all bought an ecobee: to save energy and money and increase our comfort.

    That is a bug. One that I have been waiting for over a year for support to fix. I recommend you give support a call.

    Basically, 30 minutes prior to the next comfort setting, the ecobee is supposed to go into "transition mode" where it starts thinking about the sensors in the next comfort setting. During this 30 minute transition mode, our ecobees are taking into account the sensors scheduled to participate in the next comfort setting, but it is not taking into account the temperature of the next comfort setting. This becomes a problem when the next comfort setting temperature is a large setback. The bug seems to be related specifically to this transition mode.

    You can see a detailed discussion of it and a workaround in this thread. http://www.smarthomehub.net/forums/discussion/760/peculiar-behavior-smart-recovery-bug/p1

    lannister80
  • endo129endo129 NE OhioMember

    Thanks @gpzbc I've mentioned this to them over one or two of my support emails for other things. They probably have an alert for when I email at this point and discount my suggestions. lol. I'll look at that thread.

    lannister80
  • japrilejaprile VirginiaMember

    Would love to see a thermostat up time just like I am able to see on my PC

    This would be mostly for an informative and troubleshooting purposes!!

    endo129
  • KevinOKevinO ChicagolandMember

    @RichCanyon said:
    I'd like to have and indication on the home screen for when my accessory device is running, in my case, a humidifier. (You can see it on the Quick Change screen, but it's a little buried there.)

    AMEN! In the case of the humidifier, the water drop icon next to the indoor humidity reading could turn from white to blue when the E3 is calling for humidity (similar to when the heat icon turns from white to orange during a call for heat). Please????

    gpzbc
  • japrilejaprile VirginiaMember

    Not so much a feature, but I would also like to see an "updated" sensor that has a display readout of the temp it is reading.

    Would be nice instead of having to check the app to see their readings.

    gpzbc
  • PWMichelPWMichel HuntingburgMember

    I examined all the Fan feature requests and haven't seen one like this:
    I would like the ability to keep the fan running for x number of minutes after the heat/cool stage. My basement is like a sauna after heating and a freezer after the cooling of main floor. If I could keep the fan running for another 20 minutes after the heat/cool stage then it would balance all the temperatures. After that I don't need to periodically keep running the fan like I am doing now with the minimum fan run time setting. Thanks!

  • JJNorcalJJNorcal Member
    edited February 7

    It would be cool to be able to specify "no occupancy" behavior to be either "use average", "use last occupied", or "use specific sensor".

    Currently the average temperature across all sensors is used, which makes sense when the temp variance between rooms is not too large.

    But my home has a large variance. I can configure comfort setting with just one room sensor (warmest) in comfort setting to avoid a hot room situation, but this means that other occupied rooms are too cold. Or I live with averaging which means I get a hot room when no sensors are triggered.

    This wouldn't be necessary if the hot room's sensor was 100% accurate, but it sometimes registers unoccupied even though we're in it.

  • jaumsjaums United StatesMember

    JJ,
    Using "Follow Me", in the sensor settings, will take sensors that are showing no occupancy out of the averaging. That may help keep the occupied rooms comfortable.

    Have you looked into adjusting the amount of air coming out of the vents in that hot room? Most vents can be adjusted. I adjust 3 vents in my home when switching from heating to cooling to help keep the temperature balanced.

    Some homes have baffles at the vents or in the system of ducts to adjust the flow. In my house, I removed the registers and found a baffle in the duct that can be bent to adjust the amount of air.

    Also, some vents can be adjusted to aim the air up or down. In my house, most of the vents are low on the wall. For heating, I adjust them to blow the air low to the floor. For the cooling season I aim them up. Since hot air rises, this also helps equalize temps within the room.

    If your vents don't have the adjustments you need, perhaps you could replace a few key ones.

    For homes with more than one level, generally more air from the system is needed downstairs in the winter and more is needed upstairs in the summer.

    Just some basic thoughts--maybe there is something here you haven't tried to help with your situation.

  • Jaums, thanks for taking the time to offer some suggestions.

    I am using Follow Me. It is behaving well when there is occupancy detected in one room (it drives the set point) or multiple rooms (the average of the occupied rooms drives the set point).

    But when no occupancy is detected at any of the sensors, the E3 is using the average of all of the remote sensors, so the hottest room gets too hot in order to warm up the coldest room. We are in the master, often in bed and awake, and the bedroom sensor fails to stay triggered for periods of time.

    My ducting is a mess, so air flow is uneven today. I am in the process of replacing the 35 year old system, including new ducting, so I will be revisiting all of this again shortly.

    Thanks again.

  • Remove the 24 hour minimum from the vacation feature.

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