is there a way to control central a/c & heater?

my roommate likes to leave the heate/air conditioning on when she leaves, anyway that it can control that and if can, will it let me know if its on or off?

Belkin WeMo Switch

Belkin WeMo Switch

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    Nest available at is awesome! I love it. It's high quality and easy to install with great web browser or app interfaces. Seriously saves you cash also. I bet you'll save the cost of the device in heating and cooling savings. No, I'm not a Nest salesperson :-).

    The unit will also learn when you are there or not and adjust the heat/cooling. You can also lock it with a pin or just adjust the temp quickly, remotely.

  • Apparently not with this product but Nest and also 3M makes a wifi controlled thermostat. This is a fantastic companion product to save energy also however.

  • I think the quick answer is are looking for something called "Nest" Google - Nest Learning Thermostat.

    While the Belkin WeMo could potentially turn a heating or cooling device on/off most require substantial amperage, too close to the limit I read on the Belkin device, not to mention some cooling devices require 220. Also, if the heating or cooling device has an electric control panel (beeps / has LCD display) then the default state of these when you plug them in is off.

  • I answered this question earlier, but may have found an alternative answer.

    Belkin sells a UK version of this device. In Europe, 220 volts is the standard. According to another response the UK (or European) version is said to handle 15 amps as well, with that - the device will handle twice the wattage of the North American version 3000 watts or 3kW. So, it might be possible to power a small central heating system that uses heat pump technology with the European device.

    My original answer follows:

    If the North American unit is a built in central air conditioner/heater, then no it isn't likely that it will work.

    However, if it is a portable air conditioner/heat pump(?) unit which uses a standard 120 outlet it may indeed work. According to the device picture it can handle 15 amps of current, which means if your unit is 120 volts and consumes at or less than 15 amps of current (roughly 1727 - 1800 watts) it may handle such a portable heat pump/air conditioner.

    Should its load exceed 15 amps, it likely won't work. If the voltage is higher than 120 volts, say 220 volts, it's not going to work. The output would be roughly 1660 watts or 1.66 kW.

    I see a niche for a higher amperage product Belkin.

  • Sorry no this unit is not made to interface with anything other than corded consumer appliances.

    your best bet is another product here but it is a bit expensive.

    It is the nest thermostat you can have complete control over your HVAC system.
    From what I have read it is well worth the expense.