Just came home with an ST hub, one water sensor and one multi sensor. We haven’t picked a thermostat yet but are leaning towards a 2gig z wave based on what I’ve read on here. We don’t really need the programable or learning capabilities of a smart thermostat just something that can give us warnings and adjust from a distance. Here are our stats & what we’re trying to accomplish:
-1888 house, 1700 sq ft
-hot water radiators in almost ever room - no AC (got a Frigidaire smart AC unit and it’s been great - not ST compatible as far as I know, oh well)
-no Neutral wire on the current thermostat but we replace the battery on a strict schedule. We have a R and W wire as do most older homes.
-We’re not here quite as much during the winter and we don’t want to come home to frozen (or burst) pipes or a popsicle of a cat after a few days away (don’t worry he has a “smart” feeder he loves & he lives at his city pied a terre dmost of the winter - he might be a little spoiled). Last year during some extremely cold days the pipes froze with the heat around 70 and we’d like to be able to give the heat an extra boost if it’s going to be very cold. We’d also like a heads up if something is wrong - system is down, power/internet is out etc and we need to make a beeline home.
-We leave the heat around 68 when we’re not around and we’d like to be able to turn up the heat before we get home
-We want a warning if the basement is flooding after a heavy rain (hence the water sensor)
We figured one of each sensor would be enough to start experimenting with but we have yet to choose a thermostat. Any advice would be very welcome as far as thermostats, water or temperature sensors. Thanks! Setting up what we bought tonight!