DIY Smart Heating for under €7 Euro?
Supports Google Home, Alexa etc and costs less than €7 Euro.
So I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing I could turn on the heating on those cold and frosty mornings from the comfort of my duvet when the seasons change and your laziness hasn’t factored that in when it comes to setting up your existing thermostat.
You could of course install a Nest thermostat or have a Hive controller installed (Offered by gas suppliers here in Ireland. Not sure if its available elsewhere), but both of these options are pretty expensive for what is essentially a simple function. Flick the switch on the heating. 🙂
In it’s simplest form, we just want the ability to activate and deactivate the heating over the internet. Additionally, the ability to add schedules is a must when we’re talking about automating our home if we’re to make this more useful than sticking with the old dumb controller. Without schedules, we will have just moved a manual switch (or timer) to our smartphone. That’s still a manual switch even if I can control it from my sofa.
With this guide, you’ll be able to take your existing heating controller and replace it for a Sonoff Mini Smart Switch so that you can do all of the control from the palm of your hand, set schedules for ON and OFF timing, add scenes and integrate your heating with a smart speaker like Alexa or Google Home.