I’m looking to buy a Rachio controller and join in the fun. I’m in CO so we definitely have a lawn/watering season…but then a whole 'nother winter season where different things need controlling too. Alas, everything I see about “winter” in this forum is all about “winterizing” and shutting things down - can we just shift modes and keep things humming??
I could go with just an 8 circuit (which will handle my 7 irrigation circuits nicely), but am thinking to go 12 or 16 and do some other cool stuff that employs the weather smarts and other capabilities for non-watering things, e.g.:
- control gutter heat tape (if snowed and until sufficient sun and melting temps have occurred)
- turn on driveway heat (if snow predicted and until storm finishes)
- remotely turn on hot tub to pre-heat (when headed back from ski slopes)
- turn on/off pond pump and heater (by day/night and if freezing conditions)
Now I realize that there will need to be relays, sensors, and logic that I will need to integrate. That’s all manageable, so the fundamental questions are:
- Is the Rachio and its software generally friendly to hacks like this?
- How much met data is accessible or can be derived (e.g., just present temp and precip?..or deeper levels like cumulative precip, average daily/nightly temps, hours of sunlight, etc.)
- Also, how biased are the weather features and controls to just summer conditions?..is the concept of an active “winter mode” supported?
- Is the mobile app also configurable to allow for remote controlling of “hacked” circuits?
- OR am I better off getting some other kind of general purpose controller device?
Thanks in advance and look forward to responses,