Tokind here. Network Ops Manager for a regional Credit Union in Southern NM. I also saw Sense on TOH. Sense Solar for Christmas this year. I was able to install it few days after Christmas. My background includes electronics and a wide range of physical plant skills (my dad was a handyman extraordinaire, and trained me in a LOT of skills).
Building codes vary widely across the country. We were fortunate enough to buy our home here in New Mexico before it had been fully finished. I was able to see a lot of the build, and watch as neighboring homes were built. I grew up in Iowa. I was shocked to see some of the lax building standards here. My home exhibits daisy-chained outlet wiring half way around the house. Over the years I have replaced all of the outlets in my home. Doing so was quite and interesting learning exercise. Those shove-it-in pinch connectors on wall outlets may be ok on a single or double terminal branch, but when you have 8 successive outlets daisy chained on a single branch, the amount of heating induced corrosion is alarming. Talk about electrical noise! All of those outlets are now wired with screw down terminals. Alas I cannot do much about the rest of the mess without tearing out wallboard.
I have an Enphase solar installation, 16 panels. That means that I have 16 240v inverters on my roof. This situation is so obviously noisey that I can see it in the graph on my Sense meter. I noticed the caution in me initial Sense setup that detection would pick up as the sun went down. This caused me to think, and that is good.
On line for about three weeks now, I have enjoyed seven device detections. I too am a bit frustrated that major appliances like washing machine and forced air furnace have not yet been detected. I ordered a couple of Philips Hue lightbulbs to see how these will help with detecting LED lighting.
The only non-LED light in my home is in the oven. I use IR-Sense switches throughout my home so lights come on as we walk around the house. They are trained for daylight, and masked so that they only come on when actually needed. I fashioned swing-covers for the bedroom and bathroom sensors so we can deactivate them at night. These prevent the lights coming on when we roll over in bed or get up to use the bathroom. Not all “smart” home functions require internet.
I am a very patient fellow. I am also willing to put some work into making this system crazy-useful as shown on TOH. That being said, I am not happy about not being able to help the process along by tagging what I know I have and/or what is happening (the heater blower just turned on) to help the process along. Yes, I know it’s complicated. But I can’t see how enumerating and identifying everything in my home by device + model number would interfere with or degrade the discovery process. Let me add the heater to my device list, and tag it as Undetected until detection succeeds.