I hope everyone is well and safe in these challenging times,
I bought a hue light system during Black Friday and the home automation bug started to grow. I would love to go further in this and go 99% local with hubitat. It seems a great community!
I’m a software engineer, but have 0 experience in electronics, sensors or robotics.
I am have been reading these forums and online articles and I can grasp some concepts and stuff, but I am feeling overwhelmed on tech details and bugs and things that work or not, and country specific things. So I would like to start a post so that the community could help me make sense of UK specifics and start with the right sensors...
I read when you buy sensors you can’t buy anything you can find in internet because it needs to be compatible with your country frequencies. How can I know the ones for uk? What is safe to buy in eBay US or Amazon US? I find most of the sensors are American and we have very few alternatives in the uk market. I found this uk specific shop (Vesternet) with zwave and zigbee devices that seems nice, but expensive. Where do other uk users buy?
I would like temperature, humidity and motion/presence detection in 3/4 rooms of the flat. What do you recommend in uk? The above shop has Aotec multi sensor 6 & Aotec trisensor, but they cost GBP45+. Any tips?
One big objective for me is automate my combi boiler to save energy when I’m not home and automate simple rules based on temperature and open/close windows. I want a smart thermostat that is local (not cloud). From my research, most non cloud options aren’t available in uk. The only one I can find is Trane XR524 (TZEMT524AA21MA ) number 14942771. Anyone has any tips on this? And typically you install it yourself? SECOND PART - One room heats quicker than other...so I would like one radiator to stop heating while other continues to target the set temp...what do you use? TRV smart valves? ... I read in some posts these can deteriorate pieces in the boiler due to pressure in the system if the valves are closed at same time or opening and closing wrongly...I have no knowledge on heating systems so if anyone could chime in..
I am planning to buy the hubitat hub for uk market from hubitat website. Is it the best option?
I read hue light work better connected to hue bridge (that I have now) and then connected to hubitat. That will be my starting point for my home automation. Anyone with this configuration/architecture?
Lots of questions! Any help from the community would be helpful!
Thanks in advance