Overview

This guide is for homeowners who use a heat pump (compressor) as their primary heat source with electric heat strips as the auxiliary heat source. The goal is to provide you with a set of aggressive recommendations to maximize system efficiency.


Configuration

To change these settings, from your ecobee, go to: Main Menu > Settings > Installation Settings > Thresholds Set Configure Staging to Manually

More Info at support.ecobee.com

Aux Heat Max Outdoor Temperature

Recommendation: Your balance point

Impact: High

The idea here is to not allow your auxiliary heat to turn on unless absolutely necessary. In many systems, auxiliary heat is allowed to run in order to provide higher levels of comfort. This is fine, but can get expensive. Setting this setting to your balance point will allow your compressor to heat your home until it can no longer do the job on it's own.

Not sure how to find your balance point? Learn how to do this with beestat.

Heat Differential Temperature

Recommendation: 1.0°F

Impact: High

Let your home get 1.0°F cooler than the setpoint before enabling heat. This will encourage your heat pump to run longer but less frequent cycles. Longer cycles are more efficient and fewer cycles decreases wear & tear on your equipment.

Cool Differential Temperature

Recommendation: 1.0°F

Impact: High

Let your home get 1.0°F warmer than the setpoint before enabling cool. This will encourage your heat pump to run longer but less frequent cycles. Longer cycles are more efficient and fewer cycles decreases wear & tear on your equipment.

Compressor Min Outdoor Temperature