Rule Machine control of Thermostat Scheduler
Rule Machine has a new feature for actions that allows rules to change settings of Thermostat Scheduler. To use this feature Thermostat Scheduler must already be installed.
The actions available are the following:
Set EcoMode on or off.
Set EcoMode offset.
Set Hold on or off.
Set the heat and cool setpoints for mode based schedule for a specific mode.
Set the time, and heat and cool setpoints for a days/times based schedule period.
Set the heat and cool setpoints for Away mode for days/times based schedule.
When using days/times based schedules in Thermostat Scheduler, it is possible to select different schedules based on days of the week. When setting these from Rule Machine the days selected in Rule Machine must exactly match the corresponding days selected for a schedule setting in Thermostat Scheduler. It is possible to change the time for any schedule period and/or the heat and cool setpoints.
EcoMode is used to move the setpoints out when the system goes into Away mode. It may be desirable to do this in other modes or circumstances. Set EcoMode on/off allows this functionality.
The EcoMode offset can be changed. For instance, combined with setting EcoMode on as above, it may be desirable to have different EcoMode offsets for different modes or conditions.
It may be desirable to suspend Thermostat Scheduler by placing it into Hold. The heating and cooling setpoints of a thermostat are settable by other Rule Machine actions.
It may be desirable to vary the scheduled heat and cool setpoints or timing based on other factors besides daily or mode based schedule, for example based on outdoor temperature or season. Seasonal schedules can be established this way.