Background: With two homes, I’ve deployed a ST hub in each location to monitor the environment (starting back in December '15) and provide a modicum of security lighting (see original story here). The main idea is to keep track of temperature at the home in New England during the winter and temperature/humidity in the Florida location in the summer. In addition, I have lighting automations at the New England home to provide a “lived in” look while away from that location and also control air circulation in Florida while away.
Results: mixed. For the most part, climate monitoring seems to work. Or at least I haven’t noticed any problems to date. I watched the temperature & humidity of the Florida location all last summer and was satisfied with the results. This winter, I’ve been able to verify the temperature at the New England location was being held fairly stable in the mid-fifties, which prevents frozen pipe problems (the temperature in the basement runs a bit cooler, but still not below the mid-forties on a cold night).
Lighting automations, however, have not been as reliable. When they work, they work well. Issues so far have been:
- one z-wave switch dropped off the network and my kitchen light is no longer operational. The remaining lights in living room and office can still be controlled. The kitchen switch is a Zooz ZEN23 toggle switch. I tried a z-wave repair and no joy. Support did the same thing and nada. So, here I sit over 1500 miles away and don’t know if the switch failed or the network had a non-recoverable hiccup. Later next month I’ll be back there and will troubleshoot the issue.
- the office light automation simply stopped working. After I noticed it, I futzed around with it a bit and finally tweaked & re-saved the automation. It appears to be running again. So, once again, it was a Smart Lighting failure that smells a lot like it got dropped from the scheduler…
This week I’m adding two additional GE fan controllers to cycle the ceiling fans in the bedrooms here in Florida. We’ll see if they (along with the existing fan controller) will all keep running over the summer months when humidity and mold problems are most likely to occur.
Upcoming Hub Update: this is what scares me the most right now! As I write this, the forum has numerous reports of hubs that are, essentially, bricked. What recourse do I have if one of my hubs is bricked? Murphy’s Law indicates it will be the Florida hub right after I return to New England.
No doubt, more to come in this adventure…