Building a better thermostat with Home Assistant

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A couple of years ago, I returned home from a 15-day trip in the middle of a heat wave, and my apartment was way too hot—at least 45ºC (113ºF) inside. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most comfortable way to come home, especially since it took several hours for my in-wall air conditioning (AC) units to cool the apartment.

I have two AC units in my apartment; one in the living room and the other in my bedroom. To minimize unnecessary power consumption, I’d turned off the AC units while I was away. After this experience, I decided it was time to find a way to control my AC units remotely so my apartment wasn’t super hot when I got


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