Hi all, I'm new to arduino, i unboxed my first Arduino uno yesterday, and i'm interested in controlling my Electric central heating in my house.
I Live in France, but am British, In France they commonly use electric heating, centrally controlled by a programmed driver unit. the contol to the heating is by means of a "fil pilote" a control wire, which signals the choice of different modes to the wall mounted heaters by clipping the ac 240v signal thus:Confort=comfort(the highest setting)
Eco =same as comfort but a few degrees lower on the thermostat
Hors gel =Freeze protection
currently i can choose to have either all rooms on high/low/freezing protected/or off. what i would like to be able to do is to either split the house into two or more zones, and keep the main living area warm during the day, and then heat the bedrooms just prior to bedtime.
My question is really some advice to get me going in the right direction. I understand that i can use a diode to clip the signal of the ac to the correct profile to switch modes. but i am not sure how to control this by arduino, should i look for some kind of switch to direct the control signal thru diodes in different configurations? or is there a more simple method?
Any advice would be welcome. I have a little background in electronic. but feel free to treat me as a novice.