Flair vs. thermostat converter for Fujitsu mini-splits

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Jeffrey,

    The biggest advantages are you don't have to pay for an installer - or wire up the mini splits. If you don't have a conventional furnace/AC, you can ditch the ecobee and go all Flair.

    With Flair Pucks, you can rotate the Puck to change the room temperature - it's like having a thermostat in each room.

    The Flair app gives you SMART features, like Home/Away, scheduling and app geolocation.

    Probably the best feature is Room Sense, which lets the Puck act as the temperature sensor for the mini split to more accurately manage room temperature.

    All the best,

    Finn

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    Jeffrey Lindholm

    Hello, thank you very much for the reply.

    I am fine ditching the Ecobee.  One of the downsides of that solution is that it does not take full advantage of the Fujitsu's energy efficiency capabilities.  Is the Flair device able to do that?

    The room sense is probably one of the most important parts, because the built-in sensors tend to affect themselves and don't evenly condition the room.

    I have two units, one of either side of the room.... would one puck do both, or do I need one for each?  Is there a chance the IR signals could affect each other?  The remotes will if I stand back far enough, haven't figured out how to put them on different channels or if they support that.

    I do have a conventional furnace / heat pump, but on different floors, so still working on that part.

    Thanks

    -Jeff

     

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Jeff,

    While you’ve still got the traditional furnace/AC, you can integrate the ecobee into the Flair app and then configure it to be in Mirror Mode, where Flair will read the ecobee set point and then mirror that set point to the mini splits that are controlled by Flair.

    Yes, conceivably you could use one Puck to control two mini splits as long as the Puck can be positioned so that the InfraRed signals can reach the IR receivers on both mini split head units. The head units would then be operated as a single unit - a single command sent would operate both.

    What specific efficiency capabilities does the ecobee control on the Fujitsu's?

    All the best,
    Finn

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    Jeffrey Lindholm

    For the traditional furnace, it controls two different floors, so I would probably control that independently.  That is where I may look at the smart vents.

    Re: What specific efficiency capabilities does the ecobee control on the Fujitsu's?

    The answer to this is none, and I would have to buy an extra expensive module to even control the Fujitsu's with the Ecobee in the first place.

    On top of that, the Ecobee only has two stages of heat/cool, so it doesn't necessarily use the full efficiency of the mini-splits.

    So, I am wondering if, since the Flair is controlling the mini-split via infrared, that it would have access to more features.

    My other option are the wired Fujitsu t-stats, they are nice and have full function, but no smart phone app or anything.

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    Flair Customer Support

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Yes, Flair controls the mini split via IR signals. The Puck is placed in line of sight of the IR receiver, within 15'. There's a subset of features, you can control so we are compatible with all the brands.

    Flair allows the mini splits to control the inverter functionality for maximum efficiency.

    The best bet is to have an ecobee integrated with Flair to work with the Smart Vents, and then mirror the set point to the mini splits.

    You'll want a Puck for each mini split head unit, and any room with Smart Vents needs a temperature sensing device. This can be Puck, an ecobee remote sensor or the ecobee itself.

    How many Pucks do I need?

    All the best,

    Finn

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