Introduction and Project Summary

Many students in Carnegie Mellon live off campus in old houses in Pittsburgh. These houses often lack reliable central heating systems, and students are forced to use space heaters to provide heating for their homes. This makes it a challenge to keep rooms at a desired temperature, especially while sleeping. More importantly, too many space heaters turned on at once can lead to expensive electricity bills and blown fuses. It is both a financial and a safety concern. In our project, we will create a remote-controlled space heating system that is managed by a web application. The goal of this system is to provide temperature control via space heaters across multiple rooms. Our system will limit energy waste and overloaded circuits by using motion sensors to track whether each room is occupied or not. All of this will be easily controlled by the user through a web application, allowing custom temperature schedules and settings for each room.