Feature Friday: Home IQ System Monitor
byon August 21, 2015
The System Monitor tab is one of the most informative tabs; it displays your system’s operational data. It provides you with information that is more granular and allows you to see specific instances in time, related to your heating and cooling, and savings. We’ll look at the different tabs under System Monitor, the information they contain and how this can benefit you.
The System tab provides you with an overview of your equipment runtime over time, as well as a snapshot of particular time periods. The Blue (Cool) or Red (Heat) bars at the top show you when your HVAC was running and for how long, and the white bar shows the fan runtime. Below those, you’ll see the outdoor temperature (the green line), the indoor temperature (the white line), and your desired setpoints for Cool (blue line) and Heat (red line). Select the Plus and Minus magnifying glasses at the bottom right to zoom in.
The Follow Me chart displays shows you which motion sensors were triggered and when. It also shows you the calculated average temperature based on sensors that are currently being used to make heating/cooling decisions.
Under the Schedule tab, you can view data on your equipment runtime relative to your schedule. This will provide insight into how the system is operating, the temperature outside and inside, and how this all relates to your setbacks and settings in each Comfort Setting.
You will also be able to see your home’s relative humidity. This will inform you how much the outdoor humidity impacts your indoor humidity levels, answering why your ventilators, fans, or HVAC might be running.
Under the Weather Impact tab, you can see the weather (taken from the weather station closest to the the address you entered into your ecobee3 upon registration).
Weather Impact helps you understand how the weather influences your heating and cooling equipment runtime, affecting your energy bill, even when there is no change in your comfort settings.
The days of the month appear at the bottom, and the circled dates are the weekend. Using the Plus and Minus magnifying glasses allows you to zoom in for a closer look.
In the example below note that May, a shoulder month between spring and summer, saw both heating and cooling stages run.
The final feature under System Monitor in Home IQ is Download Data. Under this tab, you can select a date range to download your equipment’s operational data.
To access your home’s System Monitor, select Home IQ from your Web Portal, and then select System Monitor. Under the System Monitor heading you will have access to the features we just discussed.