nest or ecobee - limitations with smart vents

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    Brian Wuttke

    Lots of good questions. I use Ecobee but not sure what integration works "better" with Flair.

    For the most part the Flair algorithms override the Ecobee. I don't believe I Flair to be as "smart" as Ecobee but it is slowly getting better.

    FYI I am doing this as a large system. 14 vents and 7 pucks. I have two Ecobee remote sensors but haven't tried to incorporate them into the system yet.

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    Eric

    Thanks.  that's a big system.  

    I'm trying to figure out, in those rooms that don't have a puck but there is an ecobee room sensor, will it read the ecobee room sensor?

    Since the Pucks are significantly more expensive than the ecobee room sensor.  I wanted to know if a smart vent can be paired with an ecobee room sensor.

    How effective is the Puck at knowing if someone is in the room?

    In addition, does it stop working when ecobee is in away mode?

    thanks

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    Eric

    I think this article answers one of my questions:

    https://support.flair.co/hc/en-us/articles/360000532631-I-already-have-ecobee-Remote-Sensors-Do-I-still-need-to-use-a-Puck-

    Apparently the smart vent CAN rely on ecobee room sensor instead of puck.  (I know I still must have a puck as a gateway).

    I presume that (given the lack of Nest API) the smart vents CANNOT use the Nest room sensors in the same way.  Therefore, it seem more prudent to invest in ecobee, currently, until Nest gets their act together and releases their API. 

     

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    Brian Wuttke

    Puck vs Ecobee remote sensor:
    - Puck has more sensors built in (light, motion, etc)
    - both have temp and humidity
    - pucks have manual control (rotary dial)
    - pucks of course have display of current temp and set temp
    - pucks are supposed to show clock (according to ad pictures) but still don't have this feature

    As far as I know the pucks motion sensor is not being used and the pucks aren't really knowing if anyone is in the room.

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    Eric

    Thanks.

    My understanding is that while flair can use ecobee room sensors, ecobee cannot use Pucks as room sensors -- one way relationship.

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    Brian Wuttke

    Yes that seems correct.

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    Chris McIntyre

    I am an ecobee user and the system works together very well at this point. I have nine flair vents, and ecobee sensors in each room. Flair balances the temperatures nicely. What it doesn’t seem to do at this point is work with the occupancy data the sensors provide. It won’t close off rooms that are unoccupied, but after researching it, unless a room is not occupied for days or weeks at a time, you probably don’t want to close it off anyway.

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