Baseboard Heaters Get Automated | Hackaday

When you’re fortunate sufficient to have central heating and/or air-con, with an automated thermostat, you most likely don’t have to fret an excessive amount of concerning the exterior temperature. However central HVAC is way from the one approach of sustaining temperature in a house. From wooden stoves to boilers there are lots of choices relying in your local weather and residential kind, and [Murphy’s Law] has a decentralized baseboard system as a substitute of one thing centralized. An ESP8266 solution was found that was able to tie them all together.

There are different forms of baseboard heaters, however in [Murphy’s Law]’s case the warmers had been electrical with a separate thermostat for every heater. Somewhat than construct a management system from the bottom as much as substitute the thermostats, turnkey sensible wall switches had been used as a substitute. These switches occurred to be based mostly on the favored ESP8266 microcontroller, like loads of different off-the-shelf automation options, which meant much less work wanted to be accomplished on the road voltage aspect and the microcontroller’s firmware could possibly be simply personalized to be used with Residence Assistant.

Whereas [Murphy’s Law] doesn’t reside within the residence with the fleet of electrical baseboard heaters anymore, the brand new residence has a single baseboard heater to maintain a toilet heat for the reason that central heating system doesn’t fairly maintain it heat sufficient. This method is ready to scale up or down based mostly on variety of heaters, although, so it’s nonetheless a succesful resolution for the only room and has since been up to date to make use of the ESP32. The entire code for this mission is available on GitHub as nicely, and for these of you trying so as to add different HVAC parts to a house automation system this mission that loops in a warmth pump is value looking at as nicely.