Alright, I’m new to SmartThings, and somewhat new to all of this. I have some Kasa smart plugs, and some cheap SmartLife(?) temperature/humidity sensors (Amazon link).
I have these both added in SmartThings and they show up in devices.
Here’s what I want, and for some reason the basic logic here is killing me today:
Temperature is 65 or less Then:
Smart plug is on
Temperature is 70 or more Then:
Smart plug is off
Does that make sense???
So like the plug (which has a little fireplace plugged in) will be on from 65-70, and then turn off again until it drops to 65.
Can I do this with ONE routine, or do I need one for on, one for off? Why is this so hard for my brain???
The true virtual thermostat requires you to use the Api Rules to transfer temperatures from your physical device to the virtual thermostat. They can be difficult to set up.
The one I mentioned is more of a child thermostat. If you use the suggested driver, you go into settings for the device and create the virtual thermostat. The temperatures are automatically transfered from your physical device to the virtual thermostat. These are super easy to set up. Then you use routines to turn on plug when heat is called for and a 2nd routine to turn off plug when heat is pending. This will keep your temperatures with in 1°.