Does anyone use the wifi controllers on their mini splits?
I am a bit of a gadget geek (in addition to starting to become an energy nerd). I like dabbling in technology and home automation.
At our old house, I had a nest thermostat controlling a typical 2-stage furnace and a/c unit. I really enjoyed the nest functionality… setting up schedules, tracking usage, turning things off/on while on the road. Also, we lived in an inefficient house, and paid a lot for heating and cooling, so I was always looking for ways to raise/lower temperatures when we were out or sleeping, or any other ways to adjust the usage.
Are are picking out the mini splits and accessories for our new house, and I see that there is similar functionality on some of the mini splits. The question I have is whether it would get any use? Yes, it would be nice to track historical usage, and turn the system on if I have been on vacation. However, it is my understanding the mini splits are best to “set and forget”, and that in a really insulated home, setting back the temperature at night or while you are away for short periods is actually inefficient. If that’s the case, I wonder if I really would use such a device.
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