Ecobee


The ecobee integration lets you control a thermostats and view sensor data from ecobee thermostats.

Configuration

You will need to obtain an API key from ecobee’s developer site to use this component. To get the key, first you need to register your thermostat which should be done as part of the ecobee installation. Once you have done that perform the following steps.

  1. Click on the Become a developer link on the developer site.
  2. Login with your ecobee credentials.
  3. Accept the SDK agreement.
  4. Fill in the fields.
  5. Click save.

Now login to the regular consumer portal, and in the hamburger menu there will be a new option Developer. Now we can create the Application to hook up to Home Assistant.

  1. Select the Developer option.
  2. Select Create New.
  3. Give your app a name (it appears to need to be unique across all users, as I tried ‘home-assistant’ and it said it was already in use. Try -home-assistant) and a summary (neither of these are important as they are not used anywhere).
  4. For Authorization method select ecobee PIN.
  5. You don’t need an Application Icon or Detailed Description.
  6. Click Create.

Now under the Name and Summary Section you will have an API key. Copy this key and use it in you configuration section below. Click the X to close the Developer section.

To add the Ecobee integration to Home Assistant, add the following information to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
ecobee:
  api_key: YOUR_API_KEY

Restart Home Assistant for the changes to take effect.

The first time you (re)run Home Assistant with this integration it will give you a PIN code that you need to authorize in the ecobee consumer portal. You can do this by clicking Add Application in the My Apps section in the sidebar.

The PIN can be found from the Home Assistant portal on the Ecobee card or from the configurator.ecobee entity in states in the portal.

  • If you do not have an ecobee card, you may be using groups with default_view that don’t show the card. To get around this you can temporarily comment out the default_view section or add the configurator.ecobee integration to your default_view and restart Home Assistant.

Once you enter the PIN on the ecobee site, wait approximately 5 minutes and then click on the I have authorized the app link at the bottom of the ecobee pop-up window. If everything worked correctly, you should now be able to restart Home Assistant again to see the full ecobee card with all of the sensors populated or see the list of sensors in the developer tools. Now you can re-enable your default_view (if you had to disable it) and add the ecobee sensors to a group and/or view.

Configuration Variables

api_key

(string)(Required)

Your ecobee API key. This is only needed for the initial setup of the component. Once registered it can be removed. If you revoke the key in the ecobee portal you will need to update this again and remove the ecobee.conf file in the .homeassistant configuration path.

hold_temp

(boolean)(Optional)

Whether or not to hold changes indefinitely (true) or until the next scheduled event.

Default value:

false

If for whatever reason you delete and re-create your ecobee app at ecobee.com such that your developer API key changes, you will need to delete your /conf/ecobee.conf file. You will also need to update the api_key: in the configuration.yaml or secrets.yaml file.

Notifications

To get your Ecobee notifications working with Home Assistant, you must first have the main Ecobee integration loaded and running. Once you have that configured, you can setup this integration to send messages to your Ecobee device.

To use this notification platform in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
notify:
  - name: NOTIFIER_NAME
    platform: ecobee

Configuration Variables

name

(string)(Optional)

Setting the optional parameter name allows multiple notifiers to be created. The notifier will bind to the service notify.NOTIFIER_NAME.

Default value:

notify

To use notifications, please see the getting started with automation page.

Thermostat

Concepts

The Ecobee Thermostat supports the following key concepts.

The target temperature is the temperature that the device attempts to achieve. The target temperature is either determined by the currently active climate or it may be overridden by a hold. When the thermostat is not in auto mode, there is a single target temperature. When the thermostat is in auto HVAC mode, there is a pair of target temperatures: the lower target temperature determines the lowest desired temperature, while the higher target temperature determines the highest desired temperature (the thermostat will switch between heating and cooling to keep the temperature within these limits).

A climate is a predefined or user-defined set of presets that the thermostat aims to achieve. The ecobee thermostat provides three predefined climates: Home, Away, and Sleep. The user can define additional climates.

A preset is an override of the target temperature defined in the currently active climate. The temperature targeted in the preset mode may be explicitly set (temperature preset), it may be derived from a reference climate (home, away, sleep, etc.), or it may be derived from a vacation defined by the thermostat. All holds are temporary. Temperature and climate holds expire when the thermostat transitions to the next climate defined in its program. A vacation hold starts at the beginning of the defined vacation period, and expires when the vacation period ends.

When in away preset, the target temperature is permanently overridden by the target temperature defined for the away climate. The away preset is a simple way to emulate a vacation mode.

The HVAC mode of the device is the currently active operational modes that the Ecobee thermostat provides: heat, auxHeatOnly, cool, auto, and off.

Services

Besides the standard services provided by the Home Assistant Climate integration, the following extra service is provided by the Ecobee Thermostat: resume_program.

Service resume_program

Resumes the currently active schedule.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes String or list of strings that point at entity_id’s of climate devices to control. Else targets all.
resume_all no true or false