[vcf-midatlantic] VCF Repair workshops and keeping the costs of HVAC down

Ethan O'Toole telmnstr at 757.org
Wed May 11 17:11:44 UTC 2022

> I have my ZigBee interface at home working. Z-Wave will be next and I can 
> dump
> the SmartThings hub. Home Assistant will handle the automation and interface.
> I can run plenty of scripts from cron (Perl, Python, bash, etc.) And I have
> node-red (node.js). Plenty of tools from Linux.

My friends run HA, but I was always an AMX fan. I run ZWave for the arcade 
power controls at home and it seems to struggle a little even on short 
distances. Might be my hardware or an interference source. I should have 
coded it to to set state on AMX via touchscreens, then change state on 
device then interrogate device before being satisfied state is set. But 
instead I just broadcast the on/off command and sit with that. Sloppy on 
my part and could probably fix it.

  You could monitor the doors if there is mag switches + alarm panel + 
RS232 or network option on the alarm panel at the venue. Also might be 
able to get read only access to thermostat (depending on proprietary it 
is, my assumption is meet-me in the cloud + API key like Honeywell) and 
toss alerts if conditions are say door open and outdoor temp extreme and 
hvac on.

 			- Ethan

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