Try This: A Heater That Knows When You’re Cold

“I use the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor in my office room to automatically turn on the space heater when it’s too cold when I’m trying to work.”

If you’ve ever tried to type in a cold room, you know that you end up frantically rubbing your hands together every few minutes to try and warm them up. It’s not great! Why not make sure your home office can keep you comfortable automatically? All you need is the SmartThings app, a Multipurpose Sensor, an Outlet, and the space heater of your choice.

  • Use the “Add Device” feature in the SmartThings app to pair a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor with your SmartThings Hub.

  • Use the “Add Device” feature in the SmartThings app to pair a SmartThings Outlet Sensor with your SmartThings Hub.
  • Place the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor on your office door so that it can act as a temperature sensor as well.
  • Plug the SmartThings Outlet into a power socket and connect a portable heater.
  • Use the “Virtual Thermostat” SmartApp in the Marketplace section of the SmartThings app to configure your portable heater to turn on when the door is opened and the temperature is below your comfort level.

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  • Jack Yasgar

    Having space heaters that could turn on automatically when nobody is around doesn’t sound like a great idea.

    • This is why they tied it to the state of the door so you can close it when not in the room and the heater will not turn on.

  • Linus Lam

    Hi, thanks for the tip. this is exactly what I’m looking for. Any advise how to turn the heater off when the temperature is above a certain setting?