Hi all, new to home automation here!
I’m about to invest in new electric radiators for my flat, and I want to be able to control them with home automation without selling my soul to Jeff Bezos (ie. open source, Home Assistant). Electric radiators with APIs in open source platforms proved very tricky to find, but the Mill heaters seem to answer that need. I can then hopefully eg. send a command to say I’m working from home, or ask Mycroft or similiar voice command API to turn up the heat.
My question is, are there any other options that I’ve missed? I can write code, but can’t do any custom electronics with installing wifi relays to conventional heaters - plus I want to set a thermostat, not an on button.
I found this too:
But this requires setting up hardware and software for extracting info from API calls from the app, and seems much less used.
The only thing that puts me off about Mill is that if they go down or decide to ‘force obsolesce’ my radiators, the app still relies on their servers so my heating goes - this is the whole reason I wanted to go open source in the first place. But that is hopefully unlikely, and if it happens, we then have this great guide from john-arvid to hack the control that will hopefully serve as a backup:
I’m keen for anyone’s experiences of setting this, or any other electric heating system, up!