New to Home Assistant here, but been reading a fair bit about Ecobee and Nest air conditioning controllers for Australian systems.
Aim is to:
Automate on/off for when I arrive/leave home
Have a second thermostat that allows the aircon to adjust for bedroom temperatures, which is a second zone in my system. Bedrooms are hotter/colder than living area, so I’m constantly adjusting temperatures and switching zones on/off
Easy to use Scheduling: the current controller is extremely not user friendly
I have a Samsung ducted air conditioning system with two zones ie not a split system that uses an IR remoted.
Initial thoughts so far is to use an Ecobee to replace my current Samsung aircon controller. But my reading so far is that our Australian systems are more sophisticated than American systems that products like Ecobee and Nest are designed for. So do not work correctly without an interface. I found one air-con supplier in Canberra that has built their own interfacing device, but currently does not support Samsung systems (as of last year) links:
My smarthome setup is based on Apple’s Homekit platform, with Home Assistant used to integrate non-Homekit devices (eg. GRIDConnect, Kasa)
Do others have this experience with EcoBee in Australia? Is CMS services correct?
Does anyone know of any alternative solutions for Samsung ducted aircon systems.
Thanks in advance and looking forward to seeing other projects and setups.