Outdoor dewpoint tracking&testing against cooling setpoints. Set low limit to cooling

Many homes are built with a vapor barrier inside of the insulation on outside walls, to prevent wintertime condensation in those walls. Such condensation would promote mold, rot, carpenter ants, etc. and eventually destroy the outside walls.

The same situation can exist in reverse in the summer. If the indoor temperature is lower than the outdoor dewpoint, outside humidity can condense within the walls. It is not wise to install a second vapor barrier to protect against this, as the wall could never dry,

A simple solution is to provide a low limit to the cooling temperature, that will automatically adjust so that the setpoint cannot go below the outdoor dewpoint.

I’d recommend displaying something on the thermostat user interface during the times that the limit is in effect. If you provide an override to disallow this feature, also provide a red warning on the thermostat user interface during the times that this condition exists.

The benefit to your customers would be to protect their expensive homes from one source of mold and rot.

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This is a potentially great idea. Not many people, other than Home Inspectors, would realize this situation can exist but it can be very serious and potentially expensive.
Got my vote - but don’t forget to Vote for your own suggestion @BillG-MN !


Luckily, the solution is pretty easy to do, and nobody else is doing it.

As a professional control system engineer (retired), it surprises me that others have not done this yet. Wyze could be the first, have some pretty good bragging rights, and have a good story to tell and feature to sell.

One of my best friends is a long time, full time Home Inspector. I’m going to run this by him and see if he is familiar with it.
I knew about the issues of humidity from attending many inspections but didn’t know about this solution.

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