If you want to know the outside temperature in real-time and plan what clothes to wear accordingly, whether or not the rain is going to show up once you’ve left your home, or even plan to bring the plants to the garden, who fear the cold, the weather station is made for you.
It has become an indispensable tool at home. What are its functions? How does a weather station work? How to choose it well and install it well? Here are some answers to these questions before buying a home weather station and a detailed article about wireless weather stations.
How to install a weather station at home
What is a weather station used for?
Everyone can find a use for a weather station and install it at home: to know the outside temperature, the wind speed, the level of precipitation, etc. This weather information available at home helps plan outdoor activities, sports, or gardening. For example, it provides information on upcoming weather events that can be dangerous or allows you to play the apprentice, just meteorologist.
The data that a weather station can measure, depending on their model, are:
- hygrometry (measurement of air humidity)
- dew point
- atmospheric pressure
- wind speed and direction
- the amount of precipitation
- CO2 level (pollution)
- solar radiation
- ultraviolet radiation
- the UV index
Different models of weather station
There are many models of weather stations for the home, from the simplest, which provide information on basic weather data (temperature, pressure, humidity), to the most advanced, which provide forecasts over several days. Others can be viewed remotely via smartphone.
It is even possible for some weather stations to be warned by an alarm in an upcoming weather event such as a heatwave, frost, wind, or storms. The most technologically advanced weather stations are integrated into the home automation network of a house, for example, by controlling the closing of the shutters in extreme heat or by stopping the automatic watering of the garden in the event of rain.
Weather stations with sensors
Weather stations with sensors are the most common. These sensors are placed inside and outside the house and transmit, in real-time, to the base of the weather station information such as the temperatures or the degree of humidity measured by these sensors.
Wi-Fi weather stations
For these models of weather stations, we no longer speak of measurements made on-site outside the house. Wi-Fi weather stations collect weather information broadcast by computer servers, such as that of Météo France, and broadcast it in real-time to anyone who has this type of weather station.
Interconnected weather stations
Interconnected weather stations are high-end, ultra-precise tools. They benefit from Wi-Fi technology and work wirelessly. In particular, weather information is provided by satellites in real-time and is constantly updated.
How to select a weather station for the house?
Choosing a home weather station depends on your needs. Does the weather station have to give particular elements at high frequencies? Does it need to evolve according to my needs? Etc.
In all cases, the choice of a weather station must take into account your habitat, particularly the layout of the rooms, the walls, and the thickness of the latter, because these elements impact the installation of the station and the reliability of its records.
The readability of the data on the weather station is also an essential criterion of choice. Finally, the purchase of a weather station for the home also depends on your budget. Their price ranges from 30 euros for the most basic weather station to well over 300 euros for a semi-professional weather station.
How to install a weather station at home?
The best-selling and most widespread sensor weather station installed at home must meet certain requirements so that the weather data is as correct as possible.
The probe or sensor, which is interested in temperatures, must be placed in the shade, between 1.50 meters and 2 meters from the ground. The rain gauge that measures precipitation should be placed as far away from buildings or trees.
The anemometer, a sensor that measures wind speed or pressure, should ideally be installed at the height of 10 meters, in any case, not less than 2 meters from the ground. It is also necessary to avoid all obstacles near this measuring tool so as not to disturb the air’s circulation and, therefore, its measurements.