Hand tools and fabrication machines
This project was designed to monitor and record temperatures that will be taken from one of two exterior rooms in my home and be compared to the temperature taken next to the thermostat. Data will be collected over a two day period and analyzed for variance. Changes to the home and or HVAC system will be made and data will be collected again and reanalyzed. This procedure will be repeated until max efficiency has been reached.
The purpose is to determine possible causes for HVAC and or home inefficiencies. The inspiration for the experiment comes from my children and the dent in my wallet. During the winter and summer months my energy bill is doubled and the temperature in the exterior rooms of the house are always fluctuating, while the temperature in the rest of the home is rather uniform.
Occupying one of the exterior rooms is my 15 month old daughter.
I aim to make her more comfortable this summer with the help of the Photon and DS18B20. Unfortunately, I am currently trying to collect data at one of the most mild times of the year so graphically and statistically my data will not be meaningful until things really heat up. Just to show you what I mean, take a look at Figure 1 below.
Currently I have one photon next to the thermostat, which is the control for the experiment.
I also have a "nested thermostat" in my daughters room which is the variable.
In order to determine whether the HVAC system is up to snuff, I will place one sensor inside the register in my daughters room since it is the farthest from the Unit. I will also place a sensor inside a register that is right next to the unit and perform the same procedure as described earlier.