Siri to Ecobee4 to control Flair?

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the question. Yes, Flair can do what you're asking, but perhaps in a different way than how you're describing it.

    First, let's take a look at how Flair works to achieve even temperatures:

    • Opening and closing Smart Vents to redirect air to rooms that need it most
    • Communicating with your ecobee to get the best whole home temperature (optional)
    • Scheduling to concentrate on the rooms you're actively using (for example, bedrooms at night)

    Flair takes these actions automatically by using advanced algorithms to understand your home needs.

    Now let's see how Flair will work in your home...

    You'll place Smart Vents and Pucks in the upstairs rooms to redirect the airflow when they get too hot. You'll use ecobee sensors in the downstairs rooms to keep track of when they get too cool.

    In the Flair app you'll define a whole home temperature (set point) of 73F. When the upstairs room temperature rises 1F past 73F, Flair will close the Smart Vents to redirect the air downstairs where it's needed. Flair will continue to open and close Smart Vents as necessary to circulate the air and keep your home at your desired temperature. This saves you from having to command Siri or Alexa or Google. Although, if you wanted to use Alexa or Google to make ad hoc changes, you could.

    With Flair as the Set Point Controller, Flair can nudge your ecobee's set point up or down to get the right amount of heat for your home - without having to overheat the bedrooms.

    You'll use scheduling to tell Flair when you're using rooms on a set schedule, like bedrooms when you're sleeping and living areas when you're home.

    Flair can also use ecobee remote sensors to know when you're in rooms and activate them - or deactivate them when you're not in the rooms.

    Please email us at hello@flair.co for more help!

    All the best,

    Sonny

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    Mike Lo

    Got it! Thanks so much for the explanation. Your support group also responded via email with the same guidance. I've been reading on other forums (regardless of brand), it isn't recommended to go after the scenario I outlined -- ie. Have smart vents target heat/cool specific rooms and close vents for all other rooms -- as this would 'break' the HVAC system with back pressure and stuff like that... not sure if you guys have any official guidance or confirmation on that... but it sounds like what you outlined -- set a central temperature, and have the smart vents open and close as needed by monitoring temp by each room -- is less stressful for the HVAC system in terms of handling back pressure? 

    Thanks 

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Mike,

    Flair understands the importance of back pressure and won't close more than 33% of total vents in your system. During Setup, when you add your thermostat to Flair, you'll be asked for the total number of vents in your system (Smart Vents + regular vents). That's how Flair knows how many Smart Vents it can close at one time.

    If you set a room with Smart Vents to inactive, Flair may leave the Smart Vents in that room open to account for back pressure. Flair will let you know this by displaying a "Vent Reason" on the room tile.

    All the best,

    Sonny

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    Mike Lo

    Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification! 

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