TOTAL newbie here.
Pretty techy, but not an expert by any means.
Here is what I am looking at. I think after tons of reading about Homekit, Vera, Smart Things, Wemo, and Hubitat that Hubitat is my best option.
Here is what I want to accomplish. We are purchasing a condo in Mexico for personal and rental (Airbnb) and I want to have full control of the unit from the US. Everything is cheap in Mexico except for electricity.
Here is my desired setup:
Control (3) mini splits. Brand is Benelux (don't find much online about them) I would like to control lowest setpoint, and power off and on based on occupancy.
Be able to remotely lock, and unlock a deadbolt like Schlage. Also be able to change codes for new renters, or change the code if we were to hire new cleaners, maintence, etc.
Setup lights on timers, or motion. If no motion in the unit the lights turn off after 30 minuts or an hour. They can always turn them back on. Or they turn on the bathroom light and it turns back off in 30 minutes.
Check occupancy via motion sensors. If I don't have a booking there shouldn't be activity.
So far my desired list of components:
Schlage deadbolt (probably Z-wave)
Z-wave motion senors to control lights and check for activity.
Here is my biggest dillema. What to do for mini-split control ? I am checking to see if Benelux has a plug in wifi or other control module. If not I have looked for hours for a solution. I have looked at Senibo, Cielo, Gidbo, Ambi, but today came across Cuby Smart (Home Depot). What ever I go with I would like to be able to have it show up in my Hubitat dashboard and have the least amount of setup and issues.
I did send an email to Cuby Smart today and this was the response:
Unfortunately we do not have integration with Homekit nor hubitat.
We do have an OPEN API that can be used to control the Cuby from another software. We also have a feature that lets you generate custom URL's that trigger A/C actions when called.
Honestly I don't really want to take the time to learn how to setup in depth programming. I would REALLY prefer to have it self install. OR hire one of the fine folks on this forum to handle my programming.
With all that, can I get some feedback? Ideas, do's and don'ts? Anyone else using for vacation rentals?
Thank you in advance.