Week 4 Extreme Black Friday Edition
This last week was all about lighting and climate control. I finished out my Hue config. This house is odd in that it does not have any overhead lighting in the upstairs bedrooms. I installed wall mounted lamps and hue light strips in each of the bedrooms. All lamps have a hue bulb and every room has a dedicated hue dimmer panel. Downstairs we have a mix of zwave dimmers and switches. In the upstairs living area we have a mix of dimmers, switches, and hue bulbs.
I tried the sensi thermostat because I was interested in getting the integration working for SmartThings, but without a c-wire and running only on batteries the stats never stayed connected to wifi. I switched them out for the GoControl Zwave Thermostat.
The thermostat works well and seems to have good integration with SmartThings and Alexa via ST.
The house has a central heating system (Gas) that is controlled by the upstairs stat and a supplemental gas wall heater that that is controlled by the downstairs thermostat.
I suspect I will be doing some more extensive HVAC work at some point because
A. We don’t have cooling
B. The air return is upstairs and the house was never really zoned for dual climate control.
Echosistant, WebCore, And Voice
I also installed Echosistant and WebCore over the week and experimented with both. I think WebCore will solve some of my heat issues by allowing me to orchestrate the various heating devices based on actual room temps from the Aeon Multi sensors in each room.
My family is still primarily interacting with the house via Alexa. Given the newness of the situations I have not automated much of the lighting.