We have one of those whole house fans. It works great. The only
problem is that it is very noisy. It does have a variable-speed
control (rheostat?) so that we can turn it on at various speeds from
high to low.
What it doesn't have is a timer that will allow us to set it to run
for a couple of hours and then shut off. In the summer, we often need
it to run for awhile after we have gone to sleep, but not all night.
I went to the local electric store and asked if anyone makes a
combination variable-speed and times switch the guy said no. I know
that I can wire a timer switch in series with the variable-speed
switch, but then I need to cut another hole in the wall.
Does anyone know where I might find a combination switch that will
allow me to set the speed and also a timer for up to, say, 4 hours?
I tried Google for variable-speed and timer and switch, but I got
either timers or variable speed switches, not both.
X 10 will do all that and more, commonly available probably still at
radio shack although they are converting to toy stores:(
turn on lights all thru home, dim them, work by timer and also by
wireless remote controls
Is X10 stable and reliable now? I looked into it briefly a number of
years ago (hmmmm, maybe 15?) and it seemed to have a lot of problems.
Each "unit" (light switch, etc.) has an address or ID and digital
signals are sent over the house wiring, right?
I would need to buy an X10 switch for each device (light, fan, etc.)
that I want to control, right?
Then I need a controller, right? Is this a stand-alone unit or can I
buy software for a PC? If so, does the PC need to be dedicated to the
I see several web sites:
Any that are better than others?
The bes ng is comp.home.automation, right?
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