[RELEASE] Humidity and Temperature Management with Scheduling (homes without HVAC/thermostats / using heaters and cooling appliances / vacation home / remote homes)

For humidity there limited options, the Monorice 4 in 1 sensor or the ZooZ 4 in 1 sensor are options which have a battery life of between 2 to 4 months typically depending on how it’s configured (assuming you turn all or reduce sensitivity to all sensors except humidity you may get 6 months). You can also check out the Aeon multisensor 6 which also has about the same battery life.

As for the switch, assuming it’s an in wall switch, there are only a few choices, like a GE or a ZooZ switch. I would recommend going for a Z-Wave Plus switch.

Humidity and Temperature Management with Scheduling - Version 01.08.00

  • Updated user interface
  • Improved support for thermostats (e.g. Ecobee, Nest, Centralite pearl)

FEATURE SUMMARY:

  • Use different devices to control temperature
    • Thermostats
    • Heaters
    • Cooler/fans
  • Use different devices to control humidity
    • HVAC’s
    • Humidifiers
    • Dehumidifiers/exhaust fans
  • Temperature Management
    • Set high/low temperature thresholds
    • Set high/low humidity thresholds
    • Set temperature swing threshold
    • Set separate sensors for high/low temperature measurement
  • Humidity Management
    • Set high/low humidity thresholds
    • Set humidity swing threshold
  • Set upvto 3 weekly/daily operating schedules
  • Set operating modes
  • Send SMS to multiple recipients
  • Send push notifications

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I have two ZTS-500’s running separate HVAC’s using Rboy Enhanced device handlers and the Ultimate Mode smartapp. One heat pump with auxiliary gas heat, and another heat pump based HVAC with auxiliary electric. Just to be clear, when I say auxiliary, my meaning is “emergency” modes. I’m at a bit of a loss as to how these thermostats are determining which mode to use. Looking at my logs I see an entry “auxiliaryemergencyHeat: false” on one of the thermostats, which is confusing since if anything I know for a fact the gas unit is working in emergency mode (it’s been cold!). The Remotec thermostat itself doesn’t seem to have any setting for auxiliary heating. Things may be working fine, but I am very confused. I see the toggle for “Emergency Heat” on the Rboy smartapp but it is not enabled. So how does the app, the thermostats, and my heat pumps all relate when it comes to emergency modes?

Good question, it can be a little tricky to understand this but me try to simplify it.

First the emergency heat / aux heat setting you’re seeing in the device preferences page only applies to CT-xxx thermostat. It’s part of the CT thermostat settings section as it a special setting that supported by those models only (see CT manual for more details on how it works).
ZTS (remotec) Thermostats have their own settings section and it does not support any special configuration related to emergency/aux heating.

Coming to what you’re seeing in the logs, that’s why the thermostat is reporting to ST, it’s not configured to support emergency heating. Since it reports it as false, you won’t see that option when you toggle the modes. Typically you’ll see, heat, cool, auto and off. If the thermostat reports that’s it supports emergency then you’ll see an additional mode as you toggle through them.

You’ll have to refer to your thermostat manual to see how to enable emergency/aux heating mode. You may need to exlude and re pair your device with the hub after making the changes to your themostat before it reports to ST that it supports that mode.
It’s possible that the Remotec thermostats don’t report this mode to ST, it’ll handle turning on/off the multi stage heating internally as part of the regular Heat mode (it’ll use a temperature differential to turn on/off multi stage heating).

I think you explained it quite well and I think I understand. I believe the key to Remotec is as you mentioned, some sort of internal set point difference. I’ve made an inquiry with Remotec for elaboration on their product since their manual mentions nothing about this topic beyond the various wiring configurations. If I learn anything relevant that I think might be informative for others I’ll add to this. Thank you for your time, and please keep up the good work!

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Humidity and Temperature Management with Scheduling - Version 01.09.00

  • Fix issue when using multiple operating schedules
  • Check for invalid characters when entering multiple SMS numbers
  • Turn off devices at end of schedules only if they are configured to be used
  • Improved user interface
  • Added support for spoken notifications

Humidity and Temperature Management with Scheduling - Version 01.09.01

  • Added support for spoken audio notifications with the new Sonos LAN audio player

Humidity and Temperature Management with Scheduling - Version 01.10.00

  • Added support to turn off all climate control devices when the operating mode/schedule ends
  • Update for missing icons in Classic ST app v2.18

I was curious if it would be possible to add to this app the ability to control plugs and maybe switches (both on and off) based off temperature? What I am trying to do is to control vent booster fans based off the temperature, time of day and season. In the winter during the day I would like to turn on the plugs that runs the booster fans so they will run until the temperature gets up to 72 and then turn off until the temperature falls to 70 at which point I would like it to turn back on. At night I would like the fans to run until the temperature gets up to 70 and then turn off until the temperature falls to 68 and then turn back on. For the summer I can then adjust the settings to pretty much swap on the on/ off.

Thanks

It already does. You can choose a thermostat or plugs (heaters, coolers, fans etc) to control your temperature. See the first post for details and screenshots.

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Hey Rboy - Sorry if this was answered somewhere else, can we adjust the target high/low temperatures from an external software / API ie is it a global variable I could hit from sharptool with a selector tile for example.