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Fun facts about insulation

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There are three different types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. When discussing insulation in my posts about installing a wall safe or installing in-wall speakers, I thought back to Mr. Roman in my high school physics class and

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 15

An Insteon Smart Home becomes (almost) Self-Diagnosing

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For a couple of weeks now, it seemed like my A/C was getting slower and slower to cool down to the set temperature, even after accounting for dynamically changing thresholds based on time of day or whether I’m home. Fortunately

Posted by Matt Chiste
August 26

Calling all (beta) testers: Integration between ISY994i and Nest

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Nest has finally published their public API! I’ve started developing an integration between Nest and the ISY-994i via IntelliHome, and am looking for beta testers. I’ve got data coming from the Nest API into IntelliHome using the Nest Developer Chrome

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 2

Introducing Intellihome: a web-based home automation app for Insteon

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For the past year or two, I’ve been working on writing a home automation application called Intellihome. It’s more of a pet project than an actual product, but recently a few readers have asked questions that can best be implemented

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 27

Turn off air conditioning when doors are open

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Spring is here, which means great weather and open doors or windows. In the past, the routine has been “Open door, close screen door, turn off air conditioning”. But with an Insteon-controlled thermostat and door/window sensors, the third part of

Posted by Matt Chiste
May 26

Cao Gadgets wireless smart tags

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About a year ago, as I was considering various ways to save energy, I thought about installing air duct dampers at various points of my A/C system to control temperature with more precision throughout the house (rather than just the

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 12

Provide indirect lighting anywhere with an LED light strip and Insteon

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I’m a huge fan of LED lights, whether the application is to save electricity, run Christmas lights, or provide indirect pathway lighting. Today’s project is along the same vein as the pathway lighting, but with LEDwholesalers‘ color-changing LED strip. This

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 7
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