10-18-2022 10:12 AM
hi - I'm a moderately satisfied Ecobee3 owner, with one gripe that I'm wondering if Nest is able to address: can you set up a Nest thermostat so that it will use auxiliary (gas furnace) heat during peak electric hours?
I have a high efficiency dual fuel system (heat pump primary, natural gas furnace backup), and I also have time-of-use electricity pricing. I would like to program the thermostat to (automatically) not run the heat pump during peak hours, but instead, to run the gas furnace then if heat is needed, regardless of outdoor air temperature. The rest of the time (not peak hours) it should use the outside temperature to decide (use gas if below 40F or whatever).
My eco bee is pretty nice but it won't do this and it drives me bonkers. A few years ago I ran a raspberry pi thermostat that I built for a while, and have thought about dusting that off and updating it for dual fuel but I feel better using a commercial product to run things since all the hardware is new and not cheap.
10-18-2022 03:37 PM
The Nest thermostat can only control auxiliary heat by using the outdoor temperature via sensor or internet. You have a good idea though. Maybe submit it to Google....or build your own and get rich!!!
10-26-2022 03:17 PM
I just wanted to jump in real fast to see if you saw Todbone's reply and to see if you still needed some help on this or if you were able to get it sorted out. If you are still needing some help, just let us know and we'll be happy to continue helping.
10-31-2022 10:44 AM
We appreciate your follow up here, @Jeff.
I wanted to follow up and see if you are still in need of any help. Please let me know if you are still having any concerns or questions from here, as I would be happy to take a closer look and assist you further.
11-01-2022 10:54 AM
Just one quick final check in here since activity has slowed down. We'll be locking the thread in the next 24 hours, but if you still need help, I would be happy to keep it open. If there's more we can do, just let me know.