Netatmo Weather Station
Smartthings Motion Sensor v2
Harmony Hub w/ 2 activities
Activity 1: Turns on portable AC unit via IR
Activity 2: Turns on portable heater via IR
I’ve setup the room above the garage as my computer cave, and as many people know, these rooms are notorious for being poorly insulated. I’m renting the place, so I’m not going to put a bunch of money into fixing the insulation, instead, I setup a virtual thermostat to keep the room at a reasonable temperature. (Although, to be fair, I’ve probably spent just as much doing this as it would have been to fix the insulation… at least I can take this with me.)
The portable AC is turned on via the virtual thermostat app toggling a virtual switch which toggles the logitech activity whenever the motion sensor goes above 76 F degrees, and is turned off when it goes under. I wish Logitech had an open API.
The portable heater is very similar, via a 2nd virtual thermostat app and works under 67F.
The problem i’m having is that the motion sensor does not update the temperature consistently. It detects movement without any issues, as that triggers the hue lights to come on, but it doesn’t update the temperature. Currently, it is reporting 71F, when it’s actually 80F according to netatmo. Refreshing it manually will occasionally work, but that’s just annoying and doesn’t fix it everytime.
I also tried out the pollster smartapp, it worked for about 12 hours then seemed to lock up my zigbee network as all zigbee items were reacting extremely slowly, and the slowness went away immediately after removing the smartapp. I was using a 15 minute polling time.
I mention that I also have a netatmo because I was originally using that as the temperature sensor, and it was consistently updating itself. However, after 3-4 days it would completely stop and I would have to refresh the login information by editing it and pressing next to proceed.
So, is there an item out there that I can use in this situation that I won’t have to babysit? I’m thinking of duplicating the thermostats so that they will trigger from either the netatmo or the motion sensor, but that’s kind of a bandaid fix.