Wireless Weather Station

Weather stations are great for telling what the conditions are inside and outside the home. However, many homeowners are put off by the amount of wiring required to install one. The main benefit of using a wireless weather station is that it doesn’t need any wiring, saving both time and money. It functions just as well as a convention weather station and only requires the occasional battery change. It can even be used to monitor the conditions inside a garage, cellar, or greenhouse that is located away from the home. A weather station is also an interesting teaching aid to help children understand how the weather works.

A wireless weather station consists of a main unit and one or more remote sensors. A large LCD display shows the readings in large numbers that are easy to see, and some displays are illuminated so they can be seen in the dark. Some units only support one sensor but most support up to four sensors. The main unit can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a wall. Several colors and styles are also available, making it easy to find a unit that suits the home decor. The battery powered units have the added advantage of not requiring an ugly power cord.

Along with the temperature and humidity sensors, there are other sensors available for a wireless weather station. A barometer can be used to measure air pressure and a UV sensor can measure the strength of ultraviolet light from the sun. Sensors can be placed outside or in another room, depending on the requirements of the homeowner. The sensors send their readings back to the main unit using radio signals. This makes them prone to interference but that can be avoided by switching them to another channel, provided the units have selectable channels.

Choosing a location for a sensor must be done in accordance with the guidelines in the manual. A sensor that is placed in the wrong spot can give false readings or even be damaged by the elements outdoors. It should also not be put where it is difficult to reach, since the batteries need to be changed every few months. A wireless sensor should also not be put on any metal surfaces, since the presence of metal near the antenna will significantly reduce the range.

There are many different types of wireless weather station, ranging from basic models to very advanced models. The basic models are inexpensive and only have one wireless sensor. They can measure the temperature inside and outside the home and they might also measure the humidity. Most basic models have a clock, and some can synchronizes with the radio signal from an atomic clock. This feature only works in countries that have the signal and it can take up to a day for the clock to update.

The advanced models are more expensive but have more features than the basic models. They can measure the barometric pressure and make weather predictions based on it. Wind speed can be measured with an anemometer, allowing the main unit to calculate the wind chill factor. Some units also set off alarms for ice and heat warnings. Many advanced models can also connect to a computer and upload readings and forecasts. The data can be used to make graphs or even uploaded to the internet.

While there are many benefits to owning a wireless weather station, there are a few things consumers need to be aware of. They use a lot of batteries which can be expensive but using rechargeable ones lowers the cost. Lithium batteries may be needed in climates with extreme temperatures. Interference is an occasional problem but can be easily fixed by changing the channel that the main unit and sensors use. The sensors are delicate and can break easily but should provide many years of service if they are properly cared for.

This Wireless Weather Station Review is Written/Updated on Oct 1st, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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