Heating Automation ??

Discussion in 'Smart Home, Climate Control & Security Forum' started by Spy, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Spy

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    The timer on my heating system has broken and rather than replace it with a similar model I was thinking of fitting an X10 version

    Looking through the various websites, I only seem to find X10 Thermostats - am I miising something ?

    Are there X10 heating timers ?

    By timer, I mean the type where you set the times the heating comes on and off

    Any help is appreciated
     
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    Heating automation is an interesting topic and one of the few areas of home automation that consistently gets high WAF! There are many different approaches and few commercial solutions - the most common of which is probably the Honeywell Smartfit.

    I am not aware of any X10 heating controllers but most of the home automation controllers that manage X10 provide the basic functionality.

    Take a look at the forum over at Automated Home (http://www.automatedhome.co.uk) - there is a specific area for Heating Control that also refers to various articles on automating central heating.

    I went for a home-built solution using a VIOM (www.phaedrusltd.co.uk) managed by my HA controller (Homeseer). This solution provides me with much greater timing control than I could ever get with a standard controller and the ability to control the heating through a browser or via a remote (IR or RF).

    A Netiom has recently been produced that has the same relay outputs as a VIOM (also from Phaedrus) but which can be directly controlled though a browser. There is also a product called the WebBrick (see http://www.o2m8.com) that provides input output control and a web interface. It would be an excellent solution if you just want a standalone solution.

    I hope this helps rather than confuses!

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    I replaced my heating timer with an x10 appliance switch , I then use homeseer to do all the timer settings in conjunction with digimax thermostats to monitor the temperature. Gives huge flexibility but the cost of a dedicated hapc and buying all the necesary x10 stuff makes it an expensive option if heating is all your going to controll.
     
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    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/faq/index.php?sid=7288&aktion=artikel&rubrik=002&id=9&lang=en

    shows a very simple way to do it, I am going a bit further to tidy up the basic good idea, I have found the basic appliance module is in 2 halves, I am going to use two top halves through terminal block to conect it all up, and put it all in a nice box.

    I will do pictures, but the chap on that page has done a very good simple job to do for about £35 what others pay hundreds for.
     

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