[RELEASE] FLAIR DEVICES with new capabilities for building physical zones in your home and controlling your mini/window splits, portable heaters/coolers

Hi,

I'm happy to announce 4 more new devices under Hubitat for better comfort and energy savings in your home automation scenarios.

A contribution fee is required due to the amount of work for the design, development, and testing of the devices (equivalent of a few cups of coffee).

Please note that the code has been optimized for the Hubitat platform. It's derived from the code which has been running for several years under the SmartThings platform (since Oct 2017).

To download the hubitat optimized code, go to

https://www.maisonsecomatiq.com/hubitatstore

My Puck device

MyHvacUnit

MyFlairVent

MyFlairThermostat (read-0nly)

Here is a referral link to get some discounts (usually 10%) at Flair:

The Flair devices enable multi zoned heating/cooling solutions for your home with new capabilities under Hubitat:

  • Amongst others, ability to control mini/window splits, portable heaters/coolers (ex. on/off, heat/cool/dry/fan modes, low/medium/high fan speed, swing on/off commands are supported) for heating/cooling some colder/hotter rooms using scheduled zone(s).
  • Support of the US and metric systems.
  • Compatible with my Zoned heating/cooling smartapps (ecobeeSetZoneWithSchedule & ScheduleTstatZones available at my store for targeted heating/cooling in your home)

For more details on the Flair HW capabilities, refer to the flair website.

I've developed more than 10k lines of code for integrating the Flair devices.

  • The code exposes all the relevant Flair devices:

    • The Puck device: the puck can be used as a sensor (temperature, humidity, room's pressure) and a gateway for your other flair devices. With My Flair HVACUnit (see below), the puck can control your Mini/Window splits, portable heaters/coolers via IR in a smarter way.

    • The Flair smart vent: can help you directing your airflow when you mostly need it in your home for colder/hotter rooms

    • The HVAC Unit: The device can control a large number of mini/window splits, portable heaters/coolers, etc. Flair supports over 250+ brands. You can find a full list at their website. If you don't find yours in the list, don't worry! Flair can easily add it to its database.

    • The Flair Tstat: at the moment, the Flair virtual Tstat can only be used as a sensor (humidity, temperature, heat/cool capabilities). It can be linked to the most popular brands of smart wifi thermostats (ecobee, Nest, and pretty soon Honeywell).

    _Flair Devices

    My Puck device - Things That Are Smart Wiki
    My Flair Vent - Things That Are Smart Wiki
    My Flair HVac Unit - Things That Are Smart Wiki
    My Flair Thermostat - Things That Are Smart Wiki

All Flair capabilities, commands & attributes are exposed for easier integration with Rule Engines (Rule Machine, WebCore or others)

- The code unlocks all Flair's rich APIs features.

- The code has been designed to work with my ecosystem of Zoned Heating/Cooling smartapps.

Here are the names of the zoned heating/cooling smartapps:

_For the ecobee thermostat:

EcobeeSetZoneWithSchedule - Things That Are Smart Wiki (compatible with MyEcobee device only)

_For any ST (z-wave, zigbee, wifi) connected thermostat with standard capabilities:

ScheduleTstatZones - Things That Are Smart Wiki

_This last smartapp has less features but can control the vents based on rooms' temp thresholds.

ScheduleRoomTempControl - Things That Are Smart Wiki

Note:

**My zoned heating/cooling smartapps (ecobeeSetZoneWithSchedule, ScheduleTstatZones) have been designed to control your HVAC unit (window/split unit, portable heaters and coolers) in a smart way.

For example, as a zone/room thermostat, ecobeeSetZoneWithSchedule & ScheduleTstatZones can automatically choose the right fan speed depending on the temp differential in the zone and turn off the unit when it’s not part of the scheduled zones for a specific period of the day or when a specific room is not occupied (customizable options).**

Regards.

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Hi,

With my zoning smartapps, you can enable targeted heating/cooling and leveraging all your temp/motion /contact/presence sensors in your home based on the concepts of rooms/zones/schedules.

See

Regards

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The award-winning Flair Puck

Flair is proud to announce that the Flair Puck Pro was recently named the winner for mini split controls in the Lighting & Homes for Tomorrow competition. The judges said:

The Puck Pro fills a niche for mini-splits and has the ability to operate primary and secondary heating systems together for a seamless experience.

P.S. Here is a referral link to get some additional discounts (usually 10%) at Flair:

Is the Flair Puck required or is any temperature (and humidity) sensor already working on Hubitat OK?

Will this work with my Zen thermostat?

Can I still use Thermostat Controller which is currently referencing two temperature sensors in the master bedroom even though the Zen is in the living room?

My intention is to keep my daughter's bedroom from getting too hot or too cold compared to our bedroom.

Thanks for any information or suggestions!

Hi,

First, I need to know more about your use case.

  1. Do you want to install a portable heater/cooler in your daughter's bedroom? If so, you'd need the HVAC unit bundle which includes both the puck driver (which acts more like a sensor) and the hvacUnit driver which acts more like a thermostat.

Or

  1. You just want to install only some vent(s) in your daughter's bedroom? If so, the flair vent bundle includes both the Flair puck and the vent drivers...

And, in both cases, you need also the Puck unit (HW) as you need at least 1 puck to act as a gateway to the flair cloud.

Also, you may want to look into my zoning smartapps which are (of course) compatible with the Flair devices, and can leverage any Hubitat connected temp/motion/contact/presence sensors to control the vents and/or slave thermostats. You can create virtual zone(s) which you can control individually with an offset vs. the main tstat.

Regards.

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Thank you so much for the thoughtful reply!

I am not installing a separate heater/cooler device.

She has one vent above her bed. I measured the opening with the vent off at 8 1/2 by 10 inches at the drywall opening. The flow seemed kind of high with the vent off.

I guess my understanding of the sophistication of the Flair system is limited.

I was envisioning simple heater-on-room-too-hot-close-vent-a-bit / heater-on-room-too-cold-open-vent-a-bit, etc. sort of logic flow.

I wasn't thinking about the Flair Cloud. I am not a cloudophobe, though. I am open to any option to keep my daughter's room from being uncomfortable for her.

Probably a good option would be to have a separate return duct installed for her room but I would like to avoid major renovations.

This is a 40 year-old house that we moved into about six months ago.

Thanks again for your thoughtful reply!

:slightly_smiling_face:

:cold_face::cold_face::cold_face:

Welp, we survived the freeze!

It was 48 degrees inside the house.
Fortunately, we were able to move in with in-laws until our power came back.

So, 8 1/2 x 10 vent seems to be the biggest challenge right now because it is outside the Keen line. I saw spacers mentioned in another thread. Is that what spacers are for? I could replace the vent and do a little sheet-rock work but obviously I'm not excited about that.

Thanks for your comments.