Hello all, Let my start by saying I am new to code and barely understand the basics.......Up to this point I have done a few ARDUINO projects (examples) and I have hacked around at different examples to change there outcome in an attempt to understand how ARDUINO (code) works. Let me also say that I do have a pretty solid background with hardware, I have worked in the electronics industry as an electronics tech for 10 years, I also have completed simple engineering projects at home . At work I have also been involved in many engineering tasks but they are specific to our products.
I SIMPLY want to monitor how many times one of my heating systems run, while my family is away during the day with my ARDUINO. I have basic ideas that involve: A) doing something like a knock sensor and letting it log to the serial input to a laptop all day (I have tweaked this example for other projects in the past). B) using the data logging example with a piezo and logging data via my SD shield. C) building a thermometer project and logging the data to the SD shield or the serial output.......
option A seems simple enough.....the problem is I do not understand how to use interrupts or create some type of timing setup, THEREFOR at the end of the day my serial read-out on the laptop would just(print.fXXXX) XXXX over and over and over with no way of separating the data and telling how many times the boiler turned on.
Thoughts please !!!!! ??
I know that this could be turned into complete monitoring system with times on/off, temps and the whole deal BUT REMEMBER .....I'm still quite ignorant when it comes to code, SO PLEASE KEEP IT SIMPLE !!