After upgrading the firmware of your Eve accessories you may automate your connected home with timers, and rules entailing location and value triggers. Using timers, you can activate a scene at a certain time, either once-off or repeatedly. Rules with location triggers activate a scene when you reach or leave your home or another location. Rules with value triggers activate a scene once a change in a value of an Eve accessory occurs. Moreover, rules can be refined with conditions.
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Second rule or manual tapping
In most cases, you’ll activate or deactivate a scene with timers and rules e.g., when using a lamp, heater, humidifier, fan, air conditioner, and so on. You can of course turn off your devices manually at any time, but it is much more convenient to set a second timer or rule to automatically deactivate them. The following examples serve to illustrate the implementation and use of timers.
Note: Generally, we recommend that you first create a scene and test it in Eve by manually tapping the scene. Optional is the well when creating the timer or the rule. You may also set up a scene once you’ve created the timer or rule.
You want the electric auxiliary heater to turn on in the bathroom at 7 am, so it is warm when you walk in at 7:15 am. You’ll add a single timer – beginning at 7 am – to the corresponding scene assigned to Eve Energy with the connected auxiliary heater.
Then set a second timer that triggers another scene at 7:30 am, where Eve Energy and the auxiliary heater switch off.
Timers can be used to switch numerous devices such as fans and lamps, to name a few.
A timer that activates every hour, day, week, or month, is called a Repeating Timer [Link locally]. In our example you may use the timer for everyday use to trigger the scene, whereby it is recommended that you create a second repeating timer that shuts off the electric heater daily at a specific time. If you wish to set the timer for every weekday, but not the weekend, you need to set up five timers to activate the heater, and five timers to deactivate it – it’s a HomeKit law.
Rules with Location Triggers
Rules with location triggers allow you to activate a scene automatically when reaching or leaving a location (place). The place can be anywhere from your home to the office, gym or supermarket, etc. Select Scenes in the tab bar. Tap Add Rule > Next > Add Location Trigger. Then select Arriving At or Leaving if your current location is to be the trigger. Alternatively, type in the address of the location you want to use. You may also add a Time Condition (e.g. After Sunset) or Value Condition (e.g. It Is Colder Than 67 Degrees). Tap Next to apply the scene you defined, or set up a new one to, for example, turn on Hue lamps or devices connected to Eve Energy.
Eve Door & Window
A value change in Eve Door & Window (open, close, or any change) can be used for a rule with a value trigger to switch accessories’ states e.g., turning Eve Thermo on or off, or activating and deactivating lamps, fans, or other devices via Ever Energy. In Scenes tap Rules > Add Rule > Next > Add Value Trigger and then Types > Contact. Choose the Eve Door & Window that will act as a trigger, and activate it. Then choose Trigger Value > Specific Open. The trigger will then fire once the door or window is opened. You may also add a Time or Value Condition to further refine the rule. The last step is to assign a scene to the rule that is to be activated, like powering on/off Eve Thermo, lights, or other devices.
Eve Room and Eve Weather
Like Eve Door & Window, Eve Room and Eve Weather allow the use of their value changes when setting up rules with value triggers and optional conditions. An example would be to automatically turn your Hue lamps red when the value of air quality measured by Eve Room is worse than Inferior. Another example would be to automatically turn on your humidifier once the humidity in the room drops below 40 percent. Or a rule could entail switching on your fan once the temperature rises above 80 degrees. In either case, it is best to set up a second rule that turns off the devices once the air quality improves, or the temperature drops below a defined value.
Manually switching Eve Energy on or off, via the app Eve or a scene, may also be used as a value trigger. To do so, tap Scenes in the tab bar, then Rules > Add Rule > Next > Add Value Trigger > Types > Power. Activate Eve Energy (or a Hue lamp) to enable the trigger and choose Specific On or Off. Assign a scene that is to be activated once the accessory is turned on or off. You may add time or value conditions to fine-tune the rule. This way you may set up a rule that, for example, automatically turns on the lights in your family room once the entertainment system (via Eve Energy) is turned on. Again, you may set up another rule that automatically turns off associated devices once you turn off your entertainment system.
Note: Chain Reaction
The more rules you enable with scenes, the greater the chance of triggering unwanted chain reactions. E.g., you may have set up a rule to automatically turn on a red warning light (Hue LightStrip) if the air quality in the kitchen is poor (Eve Room). In addition, you may have set up a second rule that turns on the heater in the bathroom once the kitchen light is turned on. The activation of the heater may, in turn, trigger a third rule that switches on your coffeemaker in the kitchen, and so on. To avoid unwanted chain reactions, take your time when planning and setting up rules with triggers and timers, and consider how one rule may affect another.
We would like to hear from you. What are your favorite timers and rules? Tell us in the comments section below.