Winter is coming (at least for people living in the northern hemisphere) and therefore I wanted to start a topic to collect all different kind of use cases around the topic of heating.
Even some use cases are obvious, they are maybe not obvious for everyone, therefore please feel free to add anything you have in mind.
Window open/closed automation
If a window is opened, the radiator will turned off.
If the window is closed again, the radiator will be turned on again and the setpoint is set according to the schedule (see below).
For doors (e.g. balcony, terrace) I have added a delay / timer that the radiator will only turn off if the door is open for e.g. more than 30 seconds, to avoid rapid changes (maybe saves some battery of the thermostat😉) if you only open/close the door shortly.
At the bathroom, when the window is closed, I set the setpoint to a low temperature and not according to the schedule (I only open the window after I’m done with the shower, therefore after closing the window no heating is required anymore).
Time based automation / scheduling
Using the iCalendar binding to schedule the setpoint by time.
Alternatively you can e.g. use the timeline picker solution
I’m not using scheduled rules, as then anyone in my household would need to have access to the OH admin view and could change all things, items, pages, rules etc
If someone is at home, than the heating is set as per the schedule (see above), if we are leaving home, the schedule is ignored & heating setpoint will be reduced (with a timer/delay of 30 min eg if you just leave for 5 minutes and visit your neighbors or similar)
If we are returning back to home, then the setpoints are recovered and set according the current schedule again.
Work from home switch
If you work from home on fixed days, you can use scheduling to heat your home office accordingly.
If you work from home irregular or always changing days, the dowelling is maybe helpful:
I am using a switch that I can turn on, if I’m working from home the next day.
Every morning, if the WFH - switch is ON, I will heat my office room and automatically turn off the switch again. By this I can flexible decide if the office room should be heated at the next morning or not.
In addition I have a daily schedule that will turn off heating /reduce setpoint every day in the afternoon after work, so that I don’t need to manually turn off the heating again.
Please feel free to add anything else, maybe we get a collection of great ideas