if you save to influxDB, you can see the data only as granularly as you save it. for example if you log to InfluxDB every 60 seconds, you cannot see what the data was in between those points.
i log every 15 seconds myself so i can see highly granular data.
i will gladly help you with getting data out of inflixDB using Grafana. i have a dash showing my per-breaker usage (down to the 15 second interval) and also showing power usage over all per breaker over time etc.
Yep, that’s normal. On my setup I think it’s the W wire that comes from the outside unit to the air handler and it’s tied in with the wire from the thermostat and goes to the air handler. So the thermostat can call for aux/backup/emergency heat as well as the outside unit when it does a defrost. I disconnected the wire for the outside unit to the air handler since there is no operation cost. It’s purely a comfort thing to add heat when the outside unit is defrosting since it’s essentially running in air conditioner mode at that time to take the heat from coil inside and defrost the outside coil. You might want to try it. The internet and A/C techs make it seem like your house will be freezing if you don’t use the aux heat but we really didn’t notice it that much and we’ve cut that stupid high consumption out of the equation. Our defrost cycles were pretty short around 3m typically (max 8).
After my change, back in early Feb with 2 defrost cycles: