I am trying to create some HVAC automations but I am not 100% clear on how to solve a couple problems. Maybe someone here has done this or can help me.
I have Ecobee smart sensors in 3 rooms upstairs and 3 rooms downstairs.
I have Zigbee dampers in my HVAC ducts, 1 for upstairs air supply and one for downstairs air supply.
Depending on occupancy I want to open the damper for the level that is occupied by someone and the damper closer for the cleared level.
This way I supply more air to the areas that I need it in. (Don’t worry I checked and verified back pressure / load in the two ducts)
Problem 1 : One air damper always has to be open. I can’t have both be closed at any time simultaneously.
Problem 2 : The Ecobee sensors switch to “Clear” at night when we sleep and we don’t move, causing the upstairs damper to close. The downstairs
damper is closed because there is nobody there. => problem 1
My automation is currently doing exactly what it is supposed to do. I am trying to prevent Problem 1 from happening.
The ecobee sensors take about 5 minutes to switch to “Occupied” and about 30 minutes to switch back to “Clear” so these things don’t constantly
switch back and forth.
Is there a way I could set “flags” and or “last switch state” to for example keep the upstairs damper open when one of the rooms are occupied but
remain “Occupied” until a downstairs room becomes “Occupied” even though all three upstairs switches have changed to “Clear” (people sleeping)
Am I making this too complicated or missing something ?
PS: I am fairly new to HA.