For those that aren’t seeing my other posts, let me bring you up to speed. I am a former Iris user that has moved over to SmartThings, I am also in the process of remodelling a 4 bedroom 2 bath, 2 car garage 1980s ranch style home with a workshop.
The remodelling has me redoing pretty much every single square foot, and most fixtures in the house, swapping the original Almond color standard outlets and toggle style light switches with white cover plates (no joke) for Decora style units. The HVAC is on its last legs and we are pending the rebuilding of that with a dual zone system, primary zone which covers the common areas of the house, and the 3 kids bedrooms, and a secondary zone which covers the master suite.
The garage workshop is heated / cooled as well with a 12.5K BTU portable AC, and a 1500 watt oil filled electric radiator.
Each bedroom, the living room, kitchen, and master vanity room have 52" ceiling fans. The kitchen being the only fixture lacking a light kit which we will be adding…
So now to the Security / HA and what can SmartThings do for us…
We have an ADT SmartThings system, security hub, 1 motion sensor, and door and window sensors at each exterior door and sash, including the roll up garage doors arranged on hinges to act as tilt sensors. We have 2 additional ZWave sirens, and 4 external Ring camera devices, a Ring Video Doorbell 2, 2 Ring spotlight camera wired, and a Ring Floodlight camera.
We have one Iris 3rd generation smart plug, 2 second generation contact sensors, and one second genration motion sensor that we have sending notifications, but not triggering any sort of alarm / alert.
We have one of the Hampton Bay zigbee ceiling fan / lighting control units in a ceiling fan already, with the intent to add them to all of the ceiling fan fixtures except the living room, which has separate wall switches for fan and light, and 4 Phillips Smart + bulbs for the front porch and front hallway.
Incoming is 5 Ikea Tradfri zigbee smart plugs, which will be put in each bedroom, and one in the master vanity, to reinforce the Zigbee network, and provide a repeater near each fan.
We presently have 3 Amazon Echo dots for voice control. And FireTV sticks for streaming / voice control of the TV.
And one Honeywell smart wifi thermostat.
As the projects progress, my aim is to do the following.
#1. Full control of HVAC for both zones. Including temperature sensors in each area that has a ceiling fan, trigger fan on / off, and speeds depending on temperature readings.
#2. Have dehumdifiers in each major area of the house including the garage workshop, triggered by RH readings. Need info on a good sensor for that…
#3. Full control of all lighting, inside and outside of the house. Automated responses depending on alarm state, schedule, and presence sensors. I.E. randomly turn on and off lights in the house while we are gone after dark to simulate presence. Turn on exterior lights in driveway, front walkway, and front porch when we arrive home after dark, Turn same said lights off after a period of time, or when we leave. Etc…
#4. In the unlikely event of an intrustion, get as much attention as possible by making as much noise and light as possible.
#5. Long term, professional monitoring for security, and safety (smoke alarms etc…).
Aside from the items listed, what else can I do with SmartThings?
I see the use case of starting a coffee maker automatically, but my coffee pot has a timed start, no need for integration. I have the time I need preset, I simply load up my coffee maker and tap delay brew and go to bed…
I know I have a long long way to go, and I am already past where I was with Iris, but I am working dilligently to get it done as it were… Just looking for ideas on how to get the most out of home automation.