Oh good, another person I can put this idea in front of. I really would like to see ecobees able to talk to each other in a mesh. I hope you’ll forgive me for getting a bit off track for a moment, @aaiyar.
A New England home here with 5 zones of forced hot water heat and two independent air conditioning zones (upstairs and downstairs) retrofitted later in the home’s life. I keep hoping some day the ecobees which only control heating zones will be able to be used as remote sensors (over Zigbee so loss of Wi-Fi isn’t an issue) to the ecobees in charge of the larger cooling zones. The app would ask you if you have any devices located in overlapping zones and setup device partnerships.
- ecobee 1 - within and controls heating zone 1, and is within & controls cooling zone 1 (1st floor)
- ecobee 2 - within and controls heating zone 2, and is within cooling zone 1
- ecobee 3 - within and controls heating zone 3, and is within & controls cooling zone 2 (2nd floor)
- ecobee 4 - within and controls heating zone 4, and is within cooling zone 2
- ecobee 5 - within and controls heating zone 5, and is within cooling zone 2
Then with device partnerships…
- E2 to talk to E1 and if E1 is in cooling mode then E2 report back temp like a remote sensor would.
- E4/E5 to talk to E3, and if E3 is in cooling mode then E4/E5 report back temp like a remote sensor would.
It would cut down on how many remote sensors E1 and E3 need attached (there may still be a few, just less) during cooling season. There would already be other ecobee devices capable of measuring and reporting temperature scattered throughout the home back to the ecobee turning the cooling system on/off.
I also would like to see the ability to designate each remote sensor attached to an ecobee as used for “heating only”, “cooling only”, or “both” when the ecobee the remote sensor is registered to (E1 and E3 above) control both heating and cooling zones, but the remote sensor may be in a room that has a different ecobee controlling the heat for that room. It removes the need to remember to turn remote sensors on/off depending on if you’re in the heating or cooling season.
And a pony… a pony would be lovely.