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Model 1104/08
CottageSitter Addendum
Your local CottageSitter dealer:
Sensaphone® Model 1104/1108 User’s Manual
Model 1104/08 Owner’s Manual Addendum
Sensaphone CottageSitter
How to use this Addendum
This is a supplement to the Sensaphone 1104/08 Owner’s Manual.
Review the entire manual before reading this addendum. This
addendum does not explain the Sensaphone setup, configuration,
or operation. The purpose of this addendum is to instruct you on
how to use the remote control functions of your Sensaphone to
turn on or turn off devices such as a furnace thermostat, air
conditioner, or lights in your cottage or cabin.
Sensaphone 1104/08 CottageSitter Feature
The Sensaphone 1104/08 CottageSitter allows you to monitor and
check on the status of your cottage or cabin from any cellular or
ordinary telephone. The Sensaphone 1104/08 CottageSitter also
allows you to turn a device on or off using the 1104/08 keypad or
using your touch-tone telephone. You can also inquire about the
status of the device during a voice status report.
This Sensaphone contains a relay contact on the rear of the unit
(see Figure 1). The relay contact supports both a normally open
and a normally closed contact, commonly referred to as a “double
throw” relay.
When the Sensaphone relay is turned ON, a connection is made
between the ON and C (common) terminals and the connection to
the OFF terminal is disconnected. When the Sensaphone relay is
turned OFF, a connection is made between the OFF and the C
(common) terminals and the connection between the ON and C
(common) is disconnected (See Figure 1). When the Sensaphone
unit is put in standby mode, the relay remains in its last known
state. If the Sensaphone is completely shut down by removing the
batteries and unplugging it from power, the relay returns to an
OFF state, connecting the OFF terminal to the C (common).
The Sensaphone relay is a low voltage relay. Only voltages less
than 30 volts AC 2AMPS, or 30 volts DC 2 AMPS may be
switched. For higher voltages, an additional high-voltage relay
would be required.
Always enlist the services of a licensed electrician
when working with high voltages. Improper wiring
can cause harm to you or your property.
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NOTE: For safety reasons it is highly recommended that the unit
only be used to switch low voltage signals (30 volts or less). If you
intend to control higher voltages you must install the unit in an
NEC approved electrical panel or enclosure and have wiring
performed by a qualified electrician.
Switching the Output using the Keypad
To switch the output ON from the keypad:
1. Press STATUS.
2. Press 6.
To switch the output OFF from the keypad:
1. Press STATUS.
2. Press 3.
Switching the Output over the Telephone
Call the Sensaphone. When the unit answers it will begin
reciting a status report. At any time during the call, press a
touch-tone. The unit will respond with “OK.” The Sensaphone
is now ready to accept touch-tone commands.
On your phone, press # 6 to turn ON the output. The
Sensaphone will respond “ON.”
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Press pound # 3 to turn OFF the output. The Sensaphone will
respond “OFF.”
To check the present state of the relay press # 2.
This initiates a full recitation of the Status Report. At the end of
the status report, the Sensaphone will say “Number five On/Off”
for the Model 1104 CottageSitter, and “Number nine On/Off” for
the Model 1108 CottageSitter.
Heating up your Cottage or Cabin Remotely
If you keep your cottage or cabin open all year around, or if you
do not drain your pipes and antifreeze your plumbing, you likely
keep your furnace active when you are away but at a very low
temperature. The Sensaphone will provide an invaluable service to
you by keeping you updated to any change in the status of your
furnace operation. Prior to your arrival at your cottage or cabin,
you can remotely use your phone to instruct the furnace to
increase the heat.
Most furnaces use a typical 4-wire (heat/cooling) or 3-wire (heat
only) thermostat. The Sensaphone can easily control these types
of thermostats. If your heating source consists of high voltage
electric baseboard heaters, you should consult a qualified
electrician or heating professional for proper installation of the
Sensaphone remote control facility. Electric baseboard heaters
may utilize either a low voltage (2-wire) thermostat or a direct
control high voltage thermostat. Only the low voltage thermostat
may be directly connected to the Sensaphone.
There are two methods to control your furnace remotely: 1) The
Dual Thermostat Concept or 2) The Sensaphone Setback
The Dual Thermostat Concept
When a three or four wire low voltage thermostat is used, it is
easy to connect the Sensaphone to your furnace with the addition
of a secondary thermostat. One thermostat is set to your preferred
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“away” temperature and the other thermostat is set to your
preferred “home” temperature. With your Sensaphone
CottageSitter, you will be able to switch between these two
Ideally, the “away” thermostat would be in your pump or furnace
room. Remember that your “away” thermostat will be the only
thermostat that keeps your cottage or cabin at minimal heat while
you are away. It should not be located near a window or where
direct sunlight might warm it, near a furnace radiator or vent, or
any heat source such as a pilot light.
The second thermostat, the one pre-set for your preferred
temperature when you arrive at your cottage or cabin, should be
located in your normal living space. This would likely be your
existing thermostat, already located in a suitable location by your
heating professional at the time your furnace was installed.
By connecting these two thermostats together in a parallel
fashion, and by passing the low voltage supply through the
Sensaphone (See Figure 1), you can remotely or locally decide
which thermostat is in control of your furnace.
It is recommended that the “away” thermostat be connected to the
OFF terminal while the “home” thermostat be connected to the
ON terminal of the Sensaphone. This way, it’s easy to understand
which state your furnace is in: ON = Home and OFF = Away. The
supply voltage from your furnace (typically the wire labeled R or
24VAC), should always be connected to the C (Common) terminal
on the CottageSitter.
Figure 1: Dual Thermostat Setup
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The Sensaphone Setback Thermostat
By replacing your existing thermostat with the Sensaphone
Setback Thermostat (sold separately), the control of your
furnace is done through one thermostat that is pre-programmed
with an “away” and a “home” temperature setting. The
Sensaphone Setback Thermostat has an LCD readout that lets
you enter the desired setpoint for both your “away” and “home”
temperatures. A control signal is sent from your Sensaphone to
switch between these two settings (See Figure 2).
The advantage of this configuration is the use of only one
thermostat for all heating and air conditioning tasks. A simple pair
of wires connects this thermostat to your Sensaphone. The
thermostat is compatible with existing 4-wire and 5-wire
thermostats, so installation is fast and easy.
It is important to understand that if you use the Sensaphone
Setback Thermostat, location is important. If you leave the
furnace radiators or vents in your main living area closed off
when you are not there and the door to your furnace or pump
room is closed off, the thermostat will not be obtaining an
accurate reading of the temperature in that furnace room, thus
producing unpredictable heating results.
Figure 2: Sensaphone Setback Thermostat Setup
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Controlling Lights or other devices with Sensaphone
Using X10 technology, you can remotely activate any electrical
device or appliance in your home through your Sensaphone. X10
technology is a suite of control modules that plug into your
existing electrical outlets and transmit coded signals to lamps,
lights, and appliances to turn them on or off (See Figure 3).
Figure 3: X10 Lighting Control Setup
Sensaphone supports these devices through use of the popular
X10 Powerflash relay interface. To learn more about this
technology, consult X10 products on the web at or
visit your local electronics shop such as Radio Shack.
Such applications may include turning on a lamp or exterior lights
remotely from your cellular telephone when arriving at your
cottage or cabin late at night. Or you can use the X10 Powerflash
Module (set to momentary contact) in conjunction with the X10
Universal Module to remotely control your electric garage door
opener over the telephone—an ideal way of letting in your cottage
or cabin service personnel without being on-site. You may also
use the X10 technology to send the ON/OFF signal to a furnace
or heater if your thermostat is not easy to wire directly.
Finally, in addition to remotely controlling devices, X10
technology lets you extend the reach of certain Sensaphone
sensors such as door contacts, motion sensors, or water sensors.
This of great benefit where it is impossible to wire directly from
your sensors to your Sensaphone. Consult a qualified electrician
or your heating professional for assistance with locating your
remote sensors or contact your Sensaphone dealer.
Relay Output Specifications
Rated Load:
2 A at 30 VAC
2 A at 30 VDC
Max. Operating Voltage:
30 VAC
30 VDC
Max. Operating Current:
Max. Switching Capacity:
60 VA
60 W
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this
document is complete, accurate and up-to-date. SENSAPHONE, INC.
assumes no responsibility for the results of errors beyond its
control. SENSAPHONE, INC. also cannot guarantee that changes
in equipment made by other manufacturers, referred to in this
addendum, will not affect the applicability of the information
Addendum © 2002 by Phonetics, Inc.
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