I have some small fans that I use to cool my home theater equipment - specifically, one piece that tends to warm up a lot during use. Last week, I purchased the GE Outdoor Lighting Control Switch (outdoor version was cheaper than indoor version), added it to my SmartThings Hub, plugged the fans into them, and now i can remotely turn the fans on and off as needed.
Now, I’d like to further automate this process so that the fans start as soon as I begin using the equipment - this will avoid the possibility of me forgetting to turn them on when I turn on the home theater equipment.
I’ve been thinking about this for a week now, and have yet to come up with a way to do this that will work as fluidly and automatically as I’d like. The switch is not connected to a dedicated electrical outlet and I don’t want to install one, so getting a ZWave receptacle is not an option.
So far, my best option would be to associate the powering on (and off) of the fans to an activity I do only when I use the equipment, and utilize SmartThings devices to correlate the fans to it. The activity that makes the most sense is the turning on of a light outside the movie room. This light only gets turned on when I am watching movies, and as a bonus, it has a dedicated decora switch.
if I were to replace the current decora switch with a ZWave switch, is there a SmartApp that, when pressed, would both turn on the light and send a command to the outdoor switch to turn on the fans? And, of course, I would want the opposite: when I turn off that light, the switch would send a “power off” command to the switch controlling the fans.
I looked through all the SmartApps and could not clearly identify one that would do this, as they all tend to send commands to the appliance connected to the SmartThings switch, rather than send commands to other switches.
I hope this makes sense; please let me know if I need to elaborate, and thanks for your assistance!