Incorporating custom settings in rules provides the user with the ability to modify how the rule will operate. Custom settings can be set to a numeric value, a timer value in seconds, or a time of day. An authorized user can access the custom settings from the keypad user menu 7 Automation Custom Settings, and modify the value of that setting. This article will cover some examples of how custom settings can be used.
There are 20 memory locations for custom settings. Each may be assigned a 12 character description, a function type (number, timer, or time of day) and an initial value. A ‘number’ may be 5 digits with a range of 00000 to 65535. A ‘timer’ may be 5 digits with a range of 00000 to 65535 seconds. The ‘time of day’ is formatted as 00:00 with a range of 00:00 to 23:59.
In this example, the user would like to be able to adjust the cool set point of the “Economy Mode”. A task is used to set the thermostat to “Economy Mode” when the system is armed away. When this task is activated, it sets the cooling desired temperature to the value programmed in custom setting 1. In ElkRP, on the custom setting screen under automation, custom setting 1 is named “EconSetPoint” and defined as type 0 (number). The initial value is set to 85. The rule below defines the task described above.
WHENEVER Economy Mode (Task 1) IS ACTIVATED
THEN SET Thermostat01 (Tstat 1) COOLING DESIRED TEMP TO EconSetPoint (Cust Set 1)
The following rule activates the task when the system is armed away.
WHENEVER Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED AWAY
THEN ACTIVATE Economy Mode (Task 1)
The user can go into Keypad Menu 7, CS01 and change the “Economy Mode” cool set point.
In this example, the user would like to be able to control how long the Garage lights stay on when he/she pulls the vehicle into the garage. In ElkRP, on the custom setting screen, custom setting 2 is named “Garage Light” and defined as type 2 (timer). The initial value is set to 600 seconds (10 minutes). When the garage door is opened, the following rule will turn the garage lights on for the length of time programmed in custom setting 2.
WHENEVER Garage Door (Zn 1) BECOMES NOT SECURE
THEN TURN Garage Lights [1 (A1)] ON FOR Garage Light (Cust Set 2)
The user can go into Keypad Menu 7, CS02 and change the length of time the lights stay on.
Time of Day
In this example, the user would like to be able to adjust the time of day that the sprinkler system is activated. In ElkRP, on the custom setting screen, custom setting 3 is named “Sprinklers” and defined as type 3 (time of day). The initial value is set to 8:00 AM . The following rule will turn the sprinkler system on for 15 minutes, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the custom setting time.
WHENEVER THE TIME IS Sprinklers (Cust Set 3)
AND THE DAY(S) OF THE WEEK IS/ARE –M-W-F-
THEN TURN Sprinklers (Out 7) ON FOR 15 MINS
The user can go into Keypad Menu 7, CS03 and change the time of day the sprinklers come on.