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XBee Remote Kit

As part of DIY Climate Control you must be able to control the temperature in each zone (room) therefore there must be a way to measure the temperature in each zone. Read this post to understanding zoning and its importance. When I first explored putting in temperature gages throughout the house I looked at running wires throughout the house connected to temperature sensors. But I realized this was both expensive and hard to run wires in an existing house. In doing more research I came across the XBee module. It was perfect for this need, it runs on a mesh network which allows it to wirelessly talk to other XBee modules and digitally communicate data. Plus you can hook up temperature ICs lik... »

My Vision for DIY Climate Control

My Vision for DIY Climate Control

I have dreamed about having climate controlled house where you can control the various rooms individually. My first thoughts were in the days where you had to run wires to each room to know the temperature and to control the individual vents. That was always too expensive and very difficult to run the wires in an existing home. New Technologies Now there are new technologies, XBees that can run on batteries and send temperature data wirelessly. Arduinos that can make the intelligent decisions and recently Spark Core that allows your Arduino to connect to the cloud through its built in Wi-Fi. Now because of the advancement of technologies it is possible to build it yourself with no wires. DIY... »

DIY Climate Control – what is it and why it is important

DIY Climate Control – what is it and why it is important

Every home owner and business owner that I have talked to say they have rooms that are too cold or too hot. Fighting over the central thermostat is a common problem. This problem varies as the sun moves and different parts of the home or business is exposed to the warming rays. The One Thermostat Problem In our home, located in Central Florida, we get huge electric bills for air conditioning and often I get complaints that it is too hot or too cold in the different rooms. Every month I was getting tired of writing these large checks to pay for the AC and still not feeling comfortable. Worse we have people gone during the day and we are cooling empty rooms. According to the US Energy Informat... »

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XBee Remote Kit

My Vision for DIY Climate Control

My Vision for DIY Climate Control

DIY Climate Control – what is it and why it is important

DIY Climate Control – what is it and why it is important

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