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    I am needing to get a thermostat and I am wondering what brand and PI everyone is using. I can use both z-wave and zigbee so both are open for consideration. I would like to keep the cost down so probably nest and a few others would be out of my range. Thanks

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    Originally posted by cowinger View Post
    I am needing to get a thermostat and I am wondering what brand and PI everyone is using. I can use both z-wave and zigbee so both are open for consideration. I would like to keep the cost down so probably nest and a few others would be out of my range. Thanks
    I have basboard heaters and no central A/C. So I was limited. I chose StelPro heater thermostats. They are z-wave, work well with HS3. They are direct wire 240V. Limitation is they do NOT support forced air.

    Since then StelPro has released a ZigBee model that does support Forced Air but I have no experience with it as I can't use that feature anyways.

    For A/C I have window units. For those I have Z-Wave power plugs connected to each and then I use events triggered off of the Heater thermostat current temperature. If it gets warm the A/C turns off. When the temp is below a number the A/C turns off. I have this setup for each room with different parameters as each room has a different temp profile. Currently this is kinda static as the temp threshold is set in the event. I'm looking to see if I can use the SetPoint on the thermostat to be my level in the event so if the setpoint is below the current temperature then turn on the A/C. I'm sure it's possible, I just haven't spent the time to play with it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jeubanks View Post
      I have basboard heaters and no central A/C. So I was limited. I chose StelPro heater thermostats. They are z-wave, work well with HS3. They are direct wire 240V. Limitation is they do NOT support forced air.

      Since then StelPro has released a ZigBee model that does support Forced Air but I have no experience with it as I can't use that feature anyways.

      For A/C I have window units. For those I have Z-Wave power plugs connected to each and then I use events triggered off of the Heater thermostat current temperature. If it gets warm the A/C turns off. When the temp is below a number the A/C turns off. I have this setup for each room with different parameters as each room has a different temp profile. Currently this is kinda static as the temp threshold is set in the event. I'm looking to see if I can use the SetPoint on the thermostat to be my level in the event so if the setpoint is below the current temperature then turn on the A/C. I'm sure it's possible, I just haven't spent the time to play with it.
      I found the STZ402+ (zigbee) which supports forced air systems and the STZW402+ (z-wave) which does not support forced air systems. Weird. thanks

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      • #4
        I have 8 GoControl TBZ-48 Thermostats. I started in 2014 with 8 2gic CT100. I replaced them in December 2017 due to 2 problems. 1) from time to time one of the 8 would lock up, requiring a hard reset and 2) the operating state was not reporting status. I liked the humidity reading of the CT100s, but opted for the GoControl to get full reporting of all the child devices and stability. If the CT100s would'nt lock up, I would have kept them and continued polling the operating state child. After 6 months the TBZ-48 has been great. My also likes that the backlight can be on all of the time as a nightlight and to make it easier to see across the room.
        Randy Prade
        Aurora, CO
        Prades.net

        PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rprade View Post
          I have 8 GoControl TBZ-48 Thermostats. I started in 2014 with 8 2gic CT100. I replaced them in December 2017 due to 2 problems. 1) from time to time one of the 8 would lock up, requiring a hard reset and 2) the operating state was not reporting status. I liked the humidity reading of the CT100s, but opted for the GoControl to get full reporting of all the child devices and stability. If the CT100s would'nt lock up, I would have kept them and continued polling the operating state child. After 6 months the TBZ-48 has been great. My also likes that the backlight can be on all of the time as a nightlight and to make it easier to see across the room.
          Thanks Randy. I had that one on my list to look at. Does it need a PI? I have found this one. https://www.amazon.com/GoControl-The...ave+thermostat

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cowinger View Post
            Thanks Randy. I had that one on my list to look at. Does it need a PI? I have found this one. https://www.amazon.com/GoControl-The...ave+thermostat
            That is the thermostat. It doesn't need a plug-in, but I use BLStat. I used that plug-in with the CT100s as well.
            Randy Prade
            Aurora, CO
            Prades.net

            PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rprade View Post
              That is the thermostat. It doesn't need a plug-in, but I use BLStat. I used that plug-in with the CT100s as well.
              Ok, thanks. I took a look at BLStat. Looks like it will give more choices for control.

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              • #8
                I use Ecobees with the third party plugin. They are fantastic...
                HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.435 (Windows Server 8.1 on ESXi box)

                Plug-Ins Enabled:
                Z-Wave:,RaspberryIO:,AirplaySpeak:,Ecobee:,
                weatherXML:,JowiHue:,APCUPSD:,PHLocation:,Chromecast:,EasyTr igger:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wpiman View Post
                  I use Ecobees with the third party plugin. They are fantastic...
                  Thanks wpiman. I wish I could afford them. They look really nice.

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                  • #10
                    I use the Nest thermostats. I just really like the UI. Using the plugin it integrates tightly with HS3, I use it for temperature reporting, etc, to trigger other devices.

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                    • #11
                      Our state has a utility program where you can buy thermostats at deeply discounted prices. I think I got one of my Ecobees for $50. Might want to start there...

                      The Ecobee 3 Lites are $150. I like them better than my 4.
                      HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.435 (Windows Server 8.1 on ESXi box)

                      Plug-Ins Enabled:
                      Z-Wave:,RaspberryIO:,AirplaySpeak:,Ecobee:,
                      weatherXML:,JowiHue:,APCUPSD:,PHLocation:,Chromecast:,EasyTr igger:

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                      • #12
                        Thanks everyone. Looks like they are pretty limited.

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                        • #13
                          I'm using Trane XL624s which are z-wave.

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                          • #14
                            Full disclosure, I attached a tablet in front of it.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tome10 View Post
                              I'm using Trane XL624s which are z-wave.
                              I also use a Trane XL624...

                              Robert
                              HS3PRO 3.0.0.500 as a Fire Daemon service, Windows 2016 Server Std Intel Core i5 PC HTPC Slim SFF 4GB, 120GB SSD drive, WLG800, RFXCom, TI103,NetCam, UltraNetcam3, BLBackup, CurrentCost 3P Rain8Net, MCsSprinker, HSTouch, Ademco Security plugin/AD2USB, JowiHue, various Oregon Scientific temp/humidity sensors, Z-Net, Zsmoke, Aeron Labs micro switches, Amazon Echo Dots, WS+, WD+ ... on and on.

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