When Smart Away is configured, the "Backup Smart Away" feature will prevent your home from experiencing extreme temperatures if Flair loses its internet connection. This is desirable if the outage happens when you're away. If you are home, you can use a Puck to control the mini split with the Local IR Control feature.
If the internet goes down Backup Smart Away will take effect if a home has Away Settings set to Smart Away. Backup Smart Away will NOT work if Away Settings is set to "Off Only".
Backup Smart Away works like this: if there is no WiFi, and the ambient temperature goes outside of the Smart Away Maximum or Minimum Temperatures, Flair will turn on mini splits to prevent extreme temperatures.
- If the ambient temperature gets colder than the Smart Away Minimum, the Puck will turn on the mini split in Heat mode, if available. The Puck will set the temperature to either the Smart Away Minimum temperature or the lowest temperature supported by the codeset, whichever is higher.
- If the ambient temperature gets hotter than the Smart Away Maximum, the Puck will turn on the mini split in Cool mode, if available. The Puck will set the temperature to either the Smart Away Maximum temperature or the highest temperature supported by the codeset, whichever is lower.
This is the only behavior for Backup Smart Away. The Puck will not attempt to turn the mini split on or off to modulate the temperature. The Puck's only goal is to prevent extreme temperatures, and to stay in the background and not interfere with user operation, or with cloud commands (when the WiFi comes back).
Additionally, Backup Smart Away behavior may be slower to respond to ambient temperatures than when there is full internet connectivity.