Outdoor Dog Kennel Water Misters


#1

Looking for an advice on how to set up outside temperature based schedule. I have an outside Dog kennel (2 dogs, 200sq.ft, So Cal area) that has water misters installed on the perimeter. I just recently purchased Rachio 2nd gen, 8 zone. I have connected one of the zones/valve specifically dedicated to water mister. I can manually/remotely control misters.

The goal is automate zone schedule based on the local outdoor temperature, force it only to run when temperature above 90+F and on the week days<.

Note: Also I was trying to use my smartthings in combination with rachio and outdoor temp sensor to no success so far.


#2

@AndreiV

Something like IFTTT might work for you.

:cheers:


#3

Thanks, researched about IFTTT.
-Downloaded IFTTT app
-allowed IFTTT to control only outdoor temp sensor from smartthings (if condition)
-allowed IFTTT to control rachio outdoor kennel zone (else-action condition)
Will test it tomorrow during the day


#4

It should be doable but may take some work if someone from the SmartThings community hasn’t already made a module for Rachio. I use HomeSeer and there’s a Rachio plug-in that accesses their API. If have Z-Wave sensors that do heat/humidify (indoor ones however) and could trigger a Rachio zone based on their readings.


#5

@AndreiV - I haven’t looked at the Rachio IFTTT applet yet, but you may need to specify a time for the zone to run. If so, you might specify a time long enough to cover the entire possible period and then use a second IFTTT to stop watering (i.e. stop watering when its raining) when the temperature drops below a setpoint. I do a similar thing for a plug that controls a fan for my dogs (not sure how much they appreciate the effort - they haven’t mentioned it). Of course while any other zone is running the mister zone can’t run and when the mister zone is running no other zone can run.


#6

If you have Alexa and Rachio is programmed to it I’m wondering if you tell it “ turn on Rachio zone 6 if temperature is 95 degrees or higher. Might just work !


#7

I ended up using Stringify, 3 flow system:
1st flow: WHEN trigger (temp sensor over 90F), SET variable temp_90 to TRUE, proceed to flow #2.

2nd flow: loop itself 15 min On / 15 min off watering while variable temp_90 is true

3rd flow: WHEN temp falls below 90F sets variable to false