The “Always On” piece of the device seems to be an interesting enigma, where we don’t really have any insight to the devices that create this category, but it clearly is not just a static value. We’ve seen swings of usage, and we’ve been told it’s an average (over some undetermined period of time).
My question is more about devices that have been identified, but then go into longer running process, that might be considered “always on”. Here would be a scenario:
The blower fan on my furnace, during the spring/summer/fall months is only kicking on periodically when my hot water tank needs to be heated. Lets say it gets identified, and is accurately reporting usage for a period of time (maybe multiple months). In the winter, when it needs to heat the house, it turns on far more frequently, and for far longer amounts of time. In some cases, multiple hours (lets say for this example, that it needed to run for 24 hours straight, even though that might be a long shot). So, some cold snap comes in, it’s brutal, fan kicks on for 24 hours or maybe 48 hours, at what point does that become an “always on” device? What would happen to the device usage from the previous multiple months?
Another example, IF my computers had been identified as a device (that is yet to happen). And for some reason, I leave it on for multiple days. At first, it shows up as “unknown”, and after some amount of time, it transitions that usage to “Always On”. IF it had been identified as “Computer”, and I leave it running for a couple days, even a week, how would that get converted in the “always on” metric? Would it show as both “computer” and “always on” (that seems like reporting double). Would it never go into the “always on” bucket (but it’s been running for maybe weeks, wouldn’t that classify as “always on”)?
Just some questions around that mysterious bubble. If I can dove-tail that into a similar question — I’ve had a device “Aquarium Heater” show up and report very accurately for a month. After a period of time it disappeared, and magically reappeared as “Unknown Heat 9”. I renamed that, but I was wondering where did the “energy usage” from the previous months device that vanished go? Is it all of the sudden bumping my “Unknown” up? Did the old device stay in the database, with just no way to see the information gathered? Where do the things that move around end up getting reported long term?