I’m Dutch and don’t speak about these topics often in English so I’m sorry in advance.
I live in a apartment and we get ‘stadswarmte’ this is heating that comes from businsses and datacenters. We don’t have gas.
In our apartment we have floorheating and the water is circulating using a pump. This pump runs 24/7, also when the thermostat doesn’t ask to heat the house.
What I want to achieve is to turn off the floorheating pump when there apartment doesn’t have to be heated. This can save me a lot of energy in a year, especially with my energy prices these days.
I have a power measuring switch I can use with Homey to turn the pump off. The only problem is, when does Homey know the heating has been turned on and the floor heating pump has to be turned on by the smart switch?
I don’t have access to the cattle, so I can’t put another power measuring switch there and see when the power increases and then turn on the floor heating.
Now I’m looking for an external thermometer to put on the pipe the hot water comes into the system. When the temperature hits a threshold the floor heating turns on. If the pipe turns cold, the floor heating turns of.
I have seen multiple solutions from Sonoff and another brand, but they aren’t really ease to setup. I’m looking for an easy Zigbee device with an external temperature sensor to put on the water pipe.
Or does anyone see another good solution to this? Maybe a new thermostat that works with the heating system in my apartment?