Remote temperature sensor and e/mail notification for vacant house.
December 27, 2010 3:34 PM Subscribe
How can I monitor the air temperature at a residence I don't live at using a Mac running OS x, a usb mounted temperature sensor and a program that will e/mail me regular updates as to the room temperature?
posted by HuronBob to home & garden (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We have a house that we purchased, but we're not ready to move into. It is somewhat vulnerable to power-outages (due to a 1.5 mile run of power wires under old growth trees from the main road to our house). The house has a hot water/radiant floor heating system, which, of course, I don't want to freeze should the power go out (I'm in Michigan).
The house has internet access, I have an iMac I can leave there (Running OS X 10.3).
I want to be able to plug a USB temperature sensor into the Mac, measure the air temp, and get an automated e/mail on a hourly basis that gives me the temp in the house.
Should the power fail the e/mails would, of course, stop, at which point I would know there was a problem. If the boiler failed independent of power, I would see the temp. readout falling in time to respond (I'm only a mile away).
I need suggestions for:
1. A USB air temp. sensor.
2. Software for the Mac that would automate the process. (this is the tough part, my googling has failed me on this)
Note: I do NOT have a land-line at the house and don't intend on getting one. And I have seen the WiFi sensors that don't require a computer, but I would like to avoid the $300 cost they bring.