Receiving and unpacking weather stations is an exciting part of owning such a measuring instrument. However, you have to know a few essential things while setting up your wireless weather station.
How does a wireless weather station work?
A weather station consists of a screen, the station itself, equipped with a sensor, and an external sensor, connected by signals in the case of wireless stations. Wireless versions are much easier to install than wired weather stations, for which the placement of the outdoor sensor can be a feat!
The weather station brings outdoor and indoor readings together on a single screen, all the information provided by the sensors to which it is connected. The basic weather stations give the basic metrics, like indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity. Upgraded wireless versions provide a more significant number of data. Mostly set your weather stations in the garden or backward to get accurate results.
How to successfully install a wireless weather station?
The installation of a wireless weather station presents, a priori, no difficulty. However, to obtain the most accurate information possible, it is necessary to respect certain principles. It is rare to be able to make a perfect installation because of the constraints imposed by its immediate environment, but as much to do the best possible according to the circumstances!
The most common stations, which can be installed both in an apartment and when living in a house, are stations that measure temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. However, it can be complex to achieve success. Installation on a balcony. Stations equipped with a rain gauge and an anemometer can only be fitted in the garden area.
Follow the instructions to install your weather stations.
Positioning the sensors
Finding the proper position for your weather station is probably the most crucial part of any weather station installation. This is the most significant part to ensure the accuracy with which you will be able to measure all the different atmospheric conditions.
The two most important factors to consider for optimal installation are the height of the sensors and their distance from other objects.
Distance is the first crucial factor to consider when setting up your weather station. Two different distances are of particular importance during the installation process.
The first is the distance between the outdoor sensor and surrounding objects. The second is the actual distance between the outdoor sensor unit and the base station.
Trees and walls can cover or cast a “rain shadow” on the unit, giving you a completely wrong reading from the rain gauge.
From this example, you know what rain shadow is. If the wind blows in the house’s direction while it is raining, and the rain gauge is placed too close to the wall on the opposite side of the house. The wall creates a “rain shadow,” ie, the wind blows the rain over the rain gauge, which receives only a portion of the actual rain.
The same goes for wind speed and direction. Large objects influence wind speed and cause the wind to swirl, making it very difficult to get an accurate reading of wind direction.
The anemometer and wind vane should not be placed near tall or large structures. At this point, you may be frustrated and wondering where you can put your deep L sensors, so they don’t get influenced by something. You know that there is a thumb rule to follow.
You might not be so happy to know that the rule of thumb follows a 4 X 1 rule. This means that deep L sensors should be placed at a distance four times the height of the nearest structure. If the structure is 3 m high, the deep L sensors should be placed 12 m from it.
Distance between the base and outdoor unit
Wireless connections are becoming the norm for most mid to high-end home weather stations. The ability to place the sensors anywhere outside the home and communicate seamlessly with the base station without additional cables or installations makes them very attractive to most home users.
The second crucial factor when choosing a site to determine the accuracy of your sensor readings is the actual physical height of your unit above the ground.
The first reason is to get an accurate humidity reading. The accuracy of the hygrometer can be seriously influenced, especially when placed in a garden or an area containing plants, grass, or even bodies of water.
Installing a wireless weather station is very simple, but it does require some application. Indeed, the sensor sens and send accurate data from the outside when placed in an ideal position. This is why it is wise to choose the weather station model which will be adapted to the configuration of your home.