Help configuring basement for separate zone?

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    Daniel Myers

    Yes definitely.  

    Minor note/clarification - on the flair side, we consider 'zones' to be the true hvac zones in the home, so if you have a single air handler, you have 1 zone.  From there, you can set up as many rooms that are independently controllable and within a room you can have as many devices as make sense.

    Not sure if that helps clarify but essentially, I'd start by creating a room called 'Basement', assigning the appropriate vents and Pucks/sensors to it, and then if its part of the main hvac system (same blower/heater/ac), make sure that you set that room as part of the main zone.  From there, you can just set points as you'd like and it should automatically do what you suggested above if I followed that correctly.

    If you email support with the email address you use with your flair account, we can take a look at the setup and make sure it all looks right :)

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    Brian Wuttke

    To add to this, I am wanting my basement (a rental suite) to have its own zone in the aspect that the tenant can independently control just the basement.  Would be nice to have a guest profile for the tenant where they can have their own app to control just their zone and have no control over the main house

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Brian,

    The tenant can control the set point by rotating the Puck. Is there other functionality that you'd want them to have that requires the app?

    All the best,

    Finn

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    Brian Wuttke

    Yes if they could control their own zone only via the app which would allow their own scheduling would be great!

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    Andrew Vital

    So I’ve got my puck setup in the basement however I’m trying to have it so I can set the temp and have the furnace come on without effecting the other “rooms” (I.e the main floor). I’d like those rooms to stay set to what the ecobee is set and as the heat runs those rooms would close their vents when they reach the temp.

    Is that possible?

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Brian,

    You can create two homes: home one for the upstairs, controlled by the ecobee, and home two for the downstairs, controlled by a (placeholder) non-integrated thermostat.

    If you set the Mode for the downstairs unit to “Auto Heat/Cool” and the system will read the duct temperature and automatically adjust to heating and cooling changes made by home one.

    It’s important to understand how set points are managed with Auto Heat/Cool so you can advise your tenants.

    Read sections “ Implicit Heat-To and Cool-To Set Points” and “Accounting for Hysteresis” in this article:

    https://support.flair.co/hc/en-us/articles/360049600871-Mode-Switching-Explained

    All the best,
    Finn

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Andrew,

    If you want the basement temperature to drive the ecobee, do this:

    • Don’t integrate the ecobee with Flair
    • Create a comfort setting in the ecobee that uses the sensor from the basement only
    • Place Smart Vents and Pucks/remote sensors in all rooms around your home

    The basement will drive the ecobee and the Smart Vents will open and close to maintain the set points you give the rooms.

    All the best,
    Finn

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