So I have lots of posts already in the Getting started area describing my system already. But let's go over what I am actually trying to achieve, and what I have accomplished so far. I am looking for ideas on how to accomplish it.
A little back story / important information. I have some mobility issues due to degenerative disc disorder/ osteoarthritis of the lower lumbar. Most of the time a non issue, sometimes absolutely debilitating.
I am trying to achieve first and foremost self monitored home security. I am simply trying to keep the honest folks honest, and give me enough of an opportunity to defend myself and my family should someone opt for dishonest behavior.
Secondly, lighting should be controlled automatically dependent upon motion in some spaces, voice command in all spaces.
HVAC, and ceiling fan speeds are to be controlled dependent upon whole house, or specific room temperature and Relative Humidity readings.
Exterior lighting should come between dusk to dawn when either a given vocal command is issued, or a given set of presence sensors are present.
I have a variety of sensors, bulbs, switches etc... My setup is as follows.
Home network. 802.11AC router, gig service. No I am not going to get a faster router, nothing I own can utilize a faster router... I have a primary and a secondary router, the secondary configured as a wireless access point. All network gear protected via 1500va UPSes.
Honeywell WiFi Smart thermostat. I do not recall the specific model number. It's about 4 years old.
Mix of Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire Edition TV, and Fire Stick, all Alexa stuff for voice control, and Alexa Guard.
I have Wyze Cam 3s, as well as Ring Floodlight Cam, Ring Spotlight Cams, and a Ring Video Doorbell 2. The Ring devices at least video feed were usable in Smartthings, I don't see any video aggregation in HE. Oops...
Hubitat Elevation C7 hub. This is on a UPS with a branch switch.
The ability to use my old Iris stuff, along with the lack of reliance on cloud is what drew me to Hubitat in the first place, I am carrying over from Iris the following.
Iris V1 contact sensors on every access point to the house except front and back doors. Folks have asked so no, there are no other V1 items in my network.
Iris V2 contact sensors on front and back doors.
Iris V2 motion sensors in all areas except bathrooms, vanities, and laundry room.
Iris V3 motion sensors in vanities and laundry rooms.
Iris V2 keypads at major access points.
Iris V3 smart plug.
Utilitech 100db sirens.
After they shut Iris down, and HE wasn't ready to support everything I wanted at the time, I took an ill advised side trip to ADT Smartthings, and added the following that I was able to carry over to HE.
A large number of Sylvania LEDVANCE Zigbee bulbs. I am uncertain about these on HE as some folks say they cause problems with the Zigbee mesh, some say these are the ones that don't, or maybe I misunderstood...
Hampton Bay Zigbee ceiling fan / light controllers. Still working on getting them happy in HE.
Iteak Tradfri Wireless Control Outlet (US spec). A.K.A. Zigbee smart plugs. Not as nice as the Iris, but they work and are cheap.
Zooz Zen22 Zwave dimmers
Zooz Zen27 Zwave dimmers
NuTone NWS15Z Zwave 15 amp on / off switches.
GE / Jasco 3 speed ceiling fan controller for the living room ceiling fan.
I have motion light with mode apps confrigured where they need to be and they are working.
I have a Rule Machine app written that controls the living room fan speed dependent upon the temp in the living room as read by an Iris V2 motion sensor placed as close as I could get it to the seating area of the living room.
I am working on getting the Hampton Bay ceiling fan / light controllers happily configured in HE, there have been stability problems with my Zigbee that center around them. Again rumor mills says maybe the Sylvania bulbs, maybe not. May just be buggy Zigbee who knows? Anyway, once installed and configured, I am planning on setting up Rules Machine apps for each of these controllers to adjust fan speed by temp readings off of those V2 Iris motion sensors. Light control in the bedrooms has got to be by voice command, we can't have the motion sensors turning the lights on at 2:00 a.m. when someone rolls over in bed, or the dog, or cat walks into the bedroom.
I want to have ventilator fans come on when a shower gets turned on and it starts getting steamy. In the guest bathroom I merely need to add another one of those NuTone switches and confiugre a rule using the RH reading from the Iris V3 motion sensor to trigger it, for the master bath, it was never built with a ventilator fan since it has a window and by code doesn't need it (my a** it doesn't need a vent fan!). We are remodelling that bath anyway, and adding a ventilator fan, another spot for the NuTone switch and another use for the V3 motion sensor.
Some additions I am wanting / considering but really don't have a clue how to implement.
#1. Under cabinet RGBW strip lighting under my kitchen cabinets. As well as surround / behind the trim on vanity mirrors, undershooting from some crown molding atop a 3/4 wall separating the kitchen from the great room / dining rooms. And as surround / backlighting for my TVs. I am reading the thread in the other sub forum and learning a lot, but I am still massively lost. Apparently RGBW LED strip lighting is a farily intensive subject, let along the smart controllers for them.
#2. The ability to automatically open / close room vents depenent upon presence, not necessarily motion or a device, but presence of a human body. So for example a childs room, should said child be out of the bedroom for school all day, we want the heating / cooling to be closed off given a particular temp range. Not too hot, not too cold blah blah blah...
#3. I want the ability to should someone get past the cameras and trigger the alarm, to from HSM / Nycleharpa be able to send a signal to turn on the lights, and activate the sirens on my Ring camera + light devices.
#4. In our remodelling we are adding an in ground sprinkler system. I want to further automate this beyond just the timer / water sensors I have been using with the hose / sprinkler rigs I have had for the last decades. Which brings me to...
#4a. This is a little childish I know, but aside from alarms, lights, and sirens, I also want a triggered alarm to activate the lawn sprinkler setup for say 60 seconds. A good soaking would make would be intruders certainly uncomfortable, and a lot more identifiable.
#5. Not yet built, but I want to move my home workshop out of my garage (my wife actually wants to park in there) and into a shed workshop. I am planning on a mini split AC. I am guessing I will need a second hub / mesh and will be adding more contact sensors, at least one siren, cameras, most likely Wyze Cam 3, these seem to work well. I want to automate things like turning the dust collector on / off, a Zooz Zen15 should work per Zooz. Automate LED shop light fixtures, Zen26 I think is the on / off switch from Zooz. Air compressor would be off of a NuTone 15 amp switch. I would include motion sensors in security on that as there are no pets that are supposed to be in there.
What other automations can I be setting up that will make life easier and potentionally more secure at home for the family?