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Smart Home Thermostats

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Smart Home Thermostats

I moved to Vancouver where central air is baffling non-existent in older homes. My condo was built in 2001 and so, we have multiple thermostats, one in each room including bathrooms. My question is if there is a smart home solution that allows me to replace each thermostat with a wi-fi connected thermostat and use one app/solution to control them all. I used iOS but I'm willing to use whatever to control the rest of my house. I've been saving a up a budget to convert my home into a smarter one.
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nope, smart thermostats only work with forced air furnaces. sorry
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GoodFellaz wrote:
Nov 9th, 2018 3:16 pm
nope, smart thermostats only work with forced air furnaces. sorry
Not true, Nest works with electric radiator and in floor heating. Most smart thermostats are designed to work with low voltage system(24 volt). Millivolts systems(like fireplace) are not usually supported but can be modified to work too.
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syn3rgetic wrote:
Nov 9th, 2018 2:48 pm
I moved to Vancouver where central air is baffling non-existent in older homes. My condo was built in 2001 and so, we have multiple thermostats, one in each room including bathrooms. My question is if there is a smart home solution that allows me to replace each thermostat with a wi-fi connected thermostat and use one app/solution to control them all. I used iOS but I'm willing to use whatever to control the rest of my house. I've been saving a up a budget to convert my home into a smarter one.
What is the wiring on your existing thermostat?
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bubuski wrote:
Nov 9th, 2018 3:48 pm
What is the wiring on your existing thermostat?

ummm... one of these

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I was considering replacing several old analog wall thermostats (controlling electric baseboard heaters) with smart wi-fi units but decided I didn’t need that much of a technology upgrade.

Honeywell makes several programmable but non-smart thermostats for use with baseboard heaters. I just have the base non-programmable model RLV3120A, installed in 5 upstairs rooms in my house a year ago, only cost about $22 each during the winter thermostat sales at Cdn Tire. Very accurate (I checked each unit against a glass winemaker thermometer). Keeps the rooms at a steadier temperature but probably does not save anything on electricity. The programmable units are only about $10 more each.

Ground floor of my house uses a conventional gas furnace and I will soon upgrade the ancient bimetallic / mercury switch thermostat to a basic digital thermostat.

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