Cold, turned up heat, wasn't warming up very fast

Static back pressure from dirty furnace air filters. Changed them, went back to bed.

Now that I have an ERV I might go back to fiberglass filters. They let the system run much more efficiently and now that I have a constant source of fresh air entering the system I think filtering allergens and small particles is less of a concern because it's not a closed air system anymore.
for anyone that wants the visual:

I opened the access panel to get to my filters and they were bending inward and being sucked by the blower in such a comical way you'd think it was CGI from 1996's Twister. All it needed was a flying cow.

My air register was hot to the touch upstairs but only a whisper of air coming out. I wonder how many fires start from hot ducts due to lack of airflow?

Then again most people buy the cheap fiberglass filters unless they have health concerns, so... maybe not likely.
My Ecobee will actually send me emails like "hey dude, i think your furnace is broken because we've had it on for a long time but your house isn't getting warmer" which I had happen once last winter.
@thegibson have you tried doing any ecobee related hacking? I was hoping I could somehow scrape some data without needing internet. Would consider automating a few things if i could do it all on the local network, maybe with MQTT

@feld @thegibson i wonder how easy the sensor protocol is to parse

@bonzoesc @thegibson if you learn of anything i'd be interested. haven't had time to dig in

@feld @thegibson i haven't hooked my ecobee up in years (been renting smaller places that don't have C-wires) :/

@bonzoesc @thegibson well, some systems it can survive by vampire off other wires right? otherwise i'm sure you can get clever and invent a power source for the C-wire...


https://smartthermostatguide.com/c-wire-venstar-add-a-wire-adapter-review/

@feld @thegibson my "smart" thermostat story

2012: bought a nest when they were cheap right before the second gen came out
2015: moved to a big house in the 'burbs, nest didn't see much traffic, got ecobee, paid a/c guy to install c-wire, still spent $200/month on a/c
2017: apartment, no c-wire back to nest, but it's in a high-foot-traffic area, spending $60/month on a/c
2018: apartment down the street, no c-wire, thermostat in high-traffic area

@bonzoesc @feld

My story.

Too lazy to replace my ecobee.

This is my TED talk.

@thegibson @bonzoesc I bought the Nest when it was released because they promised room sensors and smart vents. They never delivered.

Google bought Nest. Same day I unplugged it, bought an Ecobee.

Now have Ecobee with sensors. Canadian company, seems like they care about staying independent and honest.

Though I'm at the point now where if @SlicerDicer built me a thermostat with a form factor like the Pwnagotchi (pictured) with a 3d-printed wall-mount case I'd use that. I'm sure he could build CR2032 powered temp/humidity sensors that last years, too.

Then it would be fully off-internet and I could trunk it into my Homekit with Homebridge. And I'd have my own data.
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@feld @SlicerDicer @thegibson haha yeah that is the computer toucher's dilemma: do i value my time/attention, my privacy, or my money?

The interesting part is that I have my control system all designed to run automation like this on FreeBSD. just drop it in a jail or whatever. bleep bloop no bullshit simple web ui that 1999 called and wants it's website back. I suck ass at web design. Though the system hauls ass and works. I just resolved my microcontroller issues so it's going to be full scale automation soon.
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