Zone temp control

  • Last Post 05 February 2017
Dignan17 posted this 28 January 2017

During the winter, I'd like to leave the house at around 65 at night. Then in the two occupied bedrooms, I'll put a motion sensor and a space heater on an appliance module.

I'd like to set up Axial so that I can turn those heaters on when it gets below a certain temperature.

Secondly, I'd like to be able to adjust the temperatures for both of those rooms independently, and be able to turn on/of this "system" at a certain time each day.

Does this seem possible?

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rscott posted this 28 January 2017

Yes, this is possible. You'll probably want a way to know what the temperature is in each of the rooms -- maybe by using a multi-sensor such as the Aeon Labs Multisensor 6. You can setup a scene to watch the temp in the room, and if it drops below a pre-set value, it kicks on the apliance module. A second scene could watch the temp and turn off the module when it gets too hot. 

For creating a "system" you could add a virtual dimmer switch for each room and adjust it to a level you want the heat. With a simple script, you could watch that virtual device and turn the heater on or off. If you end up doing this and need help with the script, let us know.

Dignan17 posted this 05 February 2017

I think the biggest problem for me is that dimmers in Axial are hard to adjust precisely. It's only easy to turn on/off or set to those preset (and kind of arbitrary) 15/30/80 values. The dimmer I'd need would only ever be adjusted within a 4-6 degree range or less. Making that adjustment using the slider is going to be extremely frustrating, especially since I can't see the result until I let go.

Is there a way around this?

And what is a script in Axial? How do I even get started?

rscott posted this 05 February 2017

Here's some info about scripts:

From the main device list screen in the mobile app, you can slide and drag your finger left and right to adjust the "dim" as well - it also gives you a numerical level indicator. Will that help you be more precise?