FAQs | Ecohome

Ecohome FAQ

How does the Ecohome reduce energy cost?

The Ecohome is a cooling system controller with a microprocessor and sophisticated software algorithm that provides energy management for the cooling system.

When the AC starts, suction pressure is high, head pressure is low, the evaporator is warm, and the condenser is cold. These are ideal conditions for the compressor to efficiently pump large volumes of cooling refrigerant, this is when your A/C system is at its most efficient. As your A/C unit and compressor continue to run for longer periods of time these conditions change and your A/C unit starts to use a lot more energy to achieve the same results. Ecohome uses its predictive algorithm to monitor your system, activating the compressor in your A/C unit only when it’s at its most efficient.

The final result of using this sophisticated control method significantly reduces compressor run time, while maintaining required temperatures. Since the compressor consumes 90% or more of the air conditioner’s total energy, reductions in the compressor’s run time generates big savings.

Will the Ecohome affect my controlled space temperature or humidity?

No. The Ecohome automatically increases and decreases compressor on time to meet daily increasing/decreasing heat loads. This results in precise temperature control within the user’s thermostat setting. Because the total amount of heat removal does not change, humidity is unaffected.

Will the Ecohome cause my compressor to short cycle?

The Ecohome prevents short cycling. The Ecohome’s software is limited to 6 cycles per hour, substantially less than the 10-12 maximum typically specified by manufacturers.

What kinds of systems are compatible with the Ecohome?

The Ecohome can control almost any compressor-based air conditioner or heat pump.

In general, if it has a compressor and cycles, the Ecohome is a highly effective energy management solution.

The Ecohome is compatible with all common analog thermostat systems and digital thermostats.

Is it easy to install?

Yes. The Ecohome is specifically designed for easy installation, which includes:

 

  1. Extraordinary flexibility of Ecohome unit placement allows installation at the thermostat, air handler, outside condensing unit or anywhere in between. We highly recommend you have the Ecohome installed by a professional A/C technician. It is wired in series with the existing thermostat and on the same circuit.
  2. The Ecohome requires 24 VAC power to operate; the same as already provided by your air conditioning system. It draws almost no current.
  3. Install time range from 30-60 minutes.
What if the Ecohome fails?

In the extremely rare event of an Ecohome failure, the Ecohome automatically removes itself from the circuit and the user’s system reverts to normal thermostat control.

What if my AC can’t maintain the thermostat setting?

In the event the AC system cannot maintain the desired thermostat setting, the Ecohome detects this condition and automatically removes itself from the circuit and overrides the Ecohome control function. This allows the thermostat to continuously demand compressor time until satisfied. When the thermostat is finally satisfied, the Ecohome automatically returns to optimization.

Can I turn it off?

Yes. The Ecohome is easily removed from service by manually bypassing the unit for 2, 24, or 168 hours.  This is intended to allow uninterrupted servicing of the AC equipment by technicians.