ESP8266 WiFi Touch Screen Thermostat





Introduction: ESP8266 WiFi Touch Screen Thermostat

In this tutorial we will show how to build WiFi controlled thermostat with ESP8266, Arduino and touch screen display. Thermostat will also show other info, like weather forecast and temperature outside. Total cost for thermostat is about 40EUR, which is price for basic commercial thermostat in shop.

Basic features:

  • 6 modes - Auto, Off, LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI
  • Touch screen
  • WiFi connected
  • Four set temperatures (LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI) and weekly schedule
  • Time display
  • Additional data display - temperature in other room, air pressure and weather forecast

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Step 1: Materials

  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • ESP8266 WiFi module
  • BMP180 Digital Barometric Pressure Sensor
  • DHT22 Digital Temperature And Humidity Sensor
  • 1 Channel Isolated 5V Relay Module
  • RTC DS1302 Real Time Clock Module
  • 3.2" TFT LCD Module Touch Panel+ TFT 3.2" LCD Shield Expansion Board For Arduino

Step 2: Connections

Connect Arduino and TFT shields together. Then add ESP8266 module. Then add ESP8266 to Arduino. See Connenct 5V Arduino and ESP8266 tutorial for details.

DHT22 connections

Arduino DHT22



8->2 DATA

BMP180 connections

Arduino BMP180 module





RTC DS1302 connectios

Arduino DS1302






See ESP8266 WiFi thermostat for details.

Step 3: Programming

Download program from GitHub. Current program version can be complied with Arduino 1.0.6. If you want to use Arduino 1.6 and above please use latest version of UTFT library.

Step 4: EasyIoT Server Setup

This step is optional if you want remote access to your thermostat from computer or smartphone.

Go in EasyIoT server (Windows or Raspberry Pi platform) and add new thermostat in configuration. If you done everything correctly you should see thermostat in Web interface.

See ESP8266 WiFi thermostat for details.



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29 Discussions

Do you have the STL for the case please

Use the BME280 sensor instead, has humidity, temperature and pressure, all in one :)

Also, the RTC may not be necessery, someone tested the time keeping of the ESP8266 and it was only 1 sec off per day, so running NTP sync every day(s)/week would be sufficient, also, the DS1302 is not even that precise, if one wants a good one, get the DS3231

Can this be modified to control an electric floor heating element ? And if so how would it read the temps from the floor sensor ?

looking into building this and trying to control it via HomeAssistant instead. Anyone know where abouts to start with modifying it?


2 years ago

Is an Arduino Mega really necessary? Would an UNO be sufficient?

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I think there is no such kind of shield and screen for the UNO

Can you modify this to not need the separate arduino and just do everything on the ESP8266-12 now that it can use the arduino IDE?

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Oh yeah I see. How about using a Screen with SPI like

I felt the title of this instructable (not mentioning the Arduino) was a bit misleading, thanks for putting some ESP8266 back into my mind :-)

You could do that, in fact you can make a much cheaper design if the screen data is pushed from a central HTTP server to multiple thermostats in different areas, and their data and user inputs are passed right back to the server too. That way the ESP+Display combo just acts as a thin client to the server and does not need to run a lot of code itself. Instead of a touch screen you can use a cheap OLED display and a separate cap-sense board for menu navigation.

However then you have a different beast alltogether and a new Instructable to write up for us too. ;-)

Very nice work! congrats!

Would it be possible to use remote sensors with this? The problem I have currently is the thermostat (stupidly) is in the only unheated area of our house, the entrance hall. but I'd like to out the smart one their to use the cure boiler connections but get a temp reading from the lounge.

As some people asked above, how to add more relays to control morethan just heat? I want to control heat, air, and fan.

I don't see where do you plug the HVAC wires, RBWYG

I was wondering, would this work as a replacement for a standard themostat? I noticed you only have 1 relay, but I would think atleast 3 would be needed (AC, HEAT, FAN)

I love this project and am very excited to do this one. I am going to 3d print the case for mine.