The greenhouse effect is well known to anyone who has entered his or her greenhouse (or car for that matter) amidst a blazing sun: interiors heat up considerably more than their exterior surroundings. The reason being that the energy of the sun’s rays heats the soil and plants within the greenhouse – plus the structure of the greenhouse itself – but fails to escape due to the heat-retaining design of the greenhouse. In this tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how to automatically cool a greenhouse with Eve Degree and a fan connected to Eve Energy.
A healthy indoor climate is one in which temperature and humidity levels are conducive to ensuring your comfort and, more importantly, your wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy temperature in a room is easily achieved by setting a thermostat to anywhere between 18 and 22 degrees. By contrast, ensuring healthy humidity levels traditionally entails constant monitoring, activation, and deactivation of a humidifier. Fortunately, with the help of Eve Degree and Eve Energy, an inexpensive humidifier ($30) can easily be automated to regulate humidity levels without your constant attention. In this tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how to set it up.
Beginning with version 1.5, Eve supports all HomeKit-based triggers (location, value, time) and conditions. The simplest type of automation with HomeKit involves timers. At a user-defined day and time, the timer triggers a prebuilt scene, such as turning on the kitchen lights via Eve Energy. Timers can be set to fire up once or on repeating basis, e.g., every day at 7 a.m. This post explains how to use timers.
iOS 10 features the Home app, which grants you quick access to your HomeKit-enabled accessories via the Control Center on your iOS device. HomeKit is deeply integrated into iOS, and offers additional stability and features that benefit the Eve app and Elgato HomeKit-enabled accessories. While the Elgato Eve app permits complete control of Eve accessories, the Apple Home app offers exclusive functions that cannot be replicated by other HomeKit-enabled apps, including Eve.
iOS 10.2 finally introduces notifications for Eve Door & Window and Eve Motion in the iOS device lock screen and/or home screen. That means you will automatically be notified of value changes, namely when a door or window is opened or closed, or movement is detected.
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.
In addition to Eve, you may now use the new Apple Home app in iOS 10 to control your accessories, and you can access and control your home via your iPhone’s Control Center for HomeKit. HomeKit is deeply integrated into iOS, and offers additional stability and features that benefit the Eve app and Elgato HomeKit-enabled products. To use automation with timers and rules, and to access your home remotely on the go, you now need an Apple TV 4 with tvOS 10 installed, or an iPad with iOS 10 set to Home Hub mode. Apple TV 3 does not support all the new features presented by iOS 10 and HomeKit, and it is no longer available for purchase from Apple.
In addition to numerous improvements, the latest firmware upgrade for your Eve accessories features value triggers, which you can apply to rules for automation. These value triggers include Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality, and Power, among others. In iOS 9.3.x, rules with value triggers exist and operate on the iOS device originally used to create them. By contrast, with iOS 10 and an additional Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10 in your home, rules you create on your iPhone synchronize with Apple TV 4, and triggers exist and operate on your local home network.
Rules with location triggers are extremely helpful. Upon arriving at or leaving your home, a scene is triggered, such as switching lights, appliances, or the heating on or off. In addition to setting location triggers for your home address, you can choose triggers for different locations, such as your workplace or gym, to trigger a scene in your home. This post shows how easy it is to set up these triggers.