System Monitor Functionality Now Complete in Home IQ
byon December 18, 2014
Capping off an exciting year at ecobee, we have released two great new features that complete the System Monitor functionality in Home IQ. To reacquaint yourself with the previously released features of System Monitor, refer to our blog posts on System and Schedule.
What’s new – Follow Me
The first new feature is called “Follow Me” and provides information from wireless remote sensors paired with your ecobee3. You may want to take a look at our FAQ on Follow Me (for ecobee3) before you continue to read more about Follow Me in Home IQ.
By clicking “Follow Me” from System Monitor in Home IQ, you can see the temperature and occupancy measured by each wireless remote sensor paired with your ecobee3 as well as the calculated average temperature across all wireless remote sensors that are currently detecting occupancy (and are being used to make heating and cooling decisions).
In the example below, occupancy is only detected in the Living Room at 8:45 PM where the wireless remote sensor is measuring a temperature of 68F.
What’s new – Weather Impact
The second new feature is called “Weather Impact” and is designed to help you understand how weather impacts how long your heating and cooling equipment runs (and as a result your energy bill) even when there is no change in your comfort settings and occupancy schedule. The chart is centred on a fixed baseline of 65F (18C), which is the temperature when there is typically no heating or cooling load. The days of the week appear at the bottom of the chart with weekends identified in circles.
The first example below is from September 2013 (which is a shoulder month so we have both heating and cooling equipment in use). The higher the daily outdoor temperature (signified by the black line), the longer cooling is engaged; the lower the daily average temperature, the longer heating is engaged.