As the title say, I'd like to automatically control the heat of my flat.
This will include some remote bluetooth temperature sensors and stuff, but that's not what I'm most worried about.
Actually, I'm not a hardware guy, and I don't really know how I could handle the radiators (convection heaters).
A few constraints about the main radiator (I'll tackle others later):
- I can't control its power supply directly: I only have a big electric cable going directly from the wall to the radiator without any plug.
- The main control is a wheel, but since the wheel is on the wall side of the convector, I can't control it with a servo.
Here are a few pictures of my radiator.
A front view:
An overall view when down its fixations:
Two top views of the wheel with a ruler to get an idea of the size:
Notice the wall fixation that may be useful:
Focus on the wheel itself with a ruler for the size:
Wall fixation sysem:
I think the only way to control the radiator is to use some kind of motor and plastic wheel to make it turn.
And here start the troubles for me:
- What kind of motor should I use? DC? Stepper? motoreductor?
- Since this system will rely on plastic "grip" to make the radiator wheel turn, how do I know when I should stop the motor? Must I use a rotation sensor? If yes, what kind of rotation sensor?
And then, depending on the previous answers, what kind of board should I use?
Thanks for your futures replies.
[EDIT: I added the pictures]