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    Home automation?

    Been thinking about this.

    Setting up a system like the building automation systems n larger commercial buildings. Monitor temp, humidity, outdoor, whatever I want to set it up to do.

    Wireless connectivity to the home PC.

    Anyone have any experience with something like that?

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    You may want to look here:

    http://www.smarthome.com

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    Reliable controls comes to mind. Are you going into business against them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Nah. Just a toy for my own house.
    That could be fun. Nobody to answer to but yourself. I like the ring of that. Gives you tonns of options to experiment with.

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    This is what I've done with my home. Two Heat- Pumps, I lock out electric heat until outside temp. gets below 30- or the women complain too loud. And I have two occ. modes; day unocc. and night mode. In the summer at night I drop the temp. in the house a couple of degrees and try to "coast" a bit during the day- it seems to work a little better than letting things warm up in the "night" mode. I have the outside receptacle on there so I can time the Christmas lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSunday21 View Post
    This is what I've done with my home. Two Heat- Pumps, I lock out electric heat until outside temp. gets below 30- or the women complain too loud. And I have two occ. modes; day unocc. and night mode. In the summer at night I drop the temp. in the house a couple of degrees and try to "coast" a bit during the day- it seems to work a little better than letting things warm up in the "night" mode. I have the outside receptacle on there so I can time the Christmas lights.
    Now that is the type of thing that I am looking at.

    Nice graphical interface. Can give the manager (read WIFE) her own override method for temporary setpoint changes.

    Who makes that setup?

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