we have a vacation home that is sometimes rented, or we give the keys to friends. I have a Z-Wave thermostat to control the heat and IR repeater to control the minisplits remotely, but I’d like to take things a step step further using motion detection. it’s all still very basic, but eventually I’ll add a few more things, like auto lights on when the guests walk in, etc.
[ul][li]Turn on heat (or A/C in summer) and alert me when someone walks in. I try to turn it on for guests ahead of time, but I can forget sometimes[/li]
[li]Turn down heat (set house to Away mode) after 6 hours of inactivity[/li]
[li]Turn down heat more (set to Vacation mode) after an other 3 hours of inactivity. That way, if they forget to turn the heat down when they leave, it’s done for them. [/li][/ul]
here are my requirements:
[ul][li] batteries need to last up to 6 months. we’re sometimes not there for 2 or 3 months at a time.[/li]
[li]detect motion reliably up to 12 feet[/li]
[li]be inobstrusive (I don’t care for the eye of sauron look of the Fibaro). We have strangers coming in, and I don’t want them to be creeped-out[/li]
[li]I really don’t care about temperature readings, light levels, etc. [/li][/ul]
I use a VeraEdge there, and a Vera3 at home. would be nice to have something that works with both so I can test here first, but it’s not necessary[/edit]
any recommendations from the community? The battery life is really important to me as we could realistically be away for 3 months at a time and I can’t ask anyone to change the batteries for me.
thanks in advance!