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    new homeowner, inheriting pretty old split ac/heating system.... ideas on upgrades?

    hi guys, at the risk of sounding very novice, was looking for advice on directions and ideas.

    as title describes, just closed on a home. previous owner did a nice job of putting in split industrial heating (4 zone heated water) and AC units (forced air) but the thermostats are the old style manual crank heaters, and a separate AC thermostat. so theoretically i could senilely crank on both AC and heater and double my bill.

    was looking for a solution that could automate these, preferably bring it into 21st century a-la ecobee and have nice stats and graphs,etc

    hope this is the right forum for this, am continuing to scour these forums and net for answers, but seems like i have a semi-unique setup?

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    If you want cutting edge technology, then I'd say roll your own control system. You must have no need to hire a professional, so I'd suggest buying all your own components, building your own custom web based controller and design your own software. No need for a pro here.

    Here are some links to some websites I used to design my own home system.

    http://www.arduino.cc/ <---Great start here.
    http://www.digi.com/xbee/ <---Use these to get your homemade controls wireless.
    http://www.raspberrypi.org/ <---Control it all from a small web server running a bacnet stack.

    Here's a guy who did it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TJIrnAPsw4

    Or you could pay someone who knows what they are doing.

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