Remote Control Thermostat: Luddite/ Cheapo Option needed

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by pybyr, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. pybyr

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    Hello all-

    Would really like to have a simple way to kick on my oil furnace from away from home, only occasionally, and only as needed, for situations when I am not able to tend the wood fire on a sufficiently timely basis, just so that the oil furnace can start to take the chill off before arriving home.

    I truly don't want some uber sophisticated or uber spendy cutting edge whizbang solution/ home automation extravaganza.

    In fact, as someone with too many projects competing for time and budget, I really don't want this to turn into a significant undertaking of time or $ or one more thing to learn the ropes of.

    I am very at ease with electronics but I want something as complex to operate as a brick.

    Some simple cheap way to toggle a relay by web access or phone DTMF would do the job splendidly.

    Appreciate any suggestions

    Thanks!
     
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  2. WhitePine

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    Google DTMF remote relay. You will get a lot of results, including how to instructions. The same terms on eBay will also bring up some products. I don't know if any of them will meet your exact requirements, but something workable should be out there.
     
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    Personally, I think you should shell out a little more and buy a (cheap) wifi tstat. I think there are some under $100.

    That way you can also monitor your temps remotely, some might email you if things get too cold, etc.
     
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