Having a digital weather station is revolutionary and highly convenient for any home. The smart technology has replaced analogue measures used which were bulky and hard to use without prior training or experience. The smart weather station process and indicate information on various weather factors including humidity (hygrometer), temperature (thermometer), wind direction (wind vane), atmospheric pressure (barometer), wind speed (anemometer), solar radiation, precipitation (rain gauge), and UV etc. When purchasing the digital weather station, just as in every purchase you make, it is important to consider various factors before making your choice.
Such factors include;
- What is the purpose of the purchase? – The purchase you make will be determined by what you plan to measure. Most people look for weather stations to measure the temperature and humidity. This is a simple one as it only tells if it is hot or cold or rainy and the level of humidity. However for such a purchase, you may not be able to make predictions as the information given is not sufficient. Stations that have better sensors help in tracking weather conditions better. Many homeowners choose this as it allows for prediction the weather for the future even for a few hours. This is an important factor as choosing a high sensor station when all you need is measure temperature and humidity would be a waste. Once you establish exactly what you wish to measure, you will be able to choose the best station for you.
- Price – price is always a factor in every purchase we make. This may be due to cost minimisation strategies or even social classing. For cost minimisation, pricing is compared to make that the best quality is gotten at the cheapest price possible. For social class, you may want a more expensive station to show your class. Pricing is important when buying a weather station as you need something that is durable and also within your price range. It is also important to consider warranty as this affects pricing. Pricing may also be affected by availability of customer support or technical support. Getting a pricy system involves more cost but there are also cheaper ones.
- Wireless or wired powering of sensors and base – technology has advanced such that most items do not require a lot of wiring. It also makes space look neater ad more organized. Depending on the location of the weather station, one may choose either wired or wireless options. The wireless option may be more expensive. However, the wired option may require more work when setting as the wires need to be carefully and safely fitted. The wireless option is best for places where the station is set up in an open area seen by many people. For example, if it is in the common or dining area, this may need wireless as it blends in better. If it is in a hidden place, you could opt for a wired one. Just make sure the wires cannot be tampered with to avoid malfunctions.
- Protection – Weather stations functionality can be affected by a number of factors. This may include; heat, water, impact or even insects. You can decide whether you need protection or not based on where you will be placing it. If it is located in the pantry, it may need protection from insects. If it is in the bathroom, it may need protection from water or high humidity. This requires careful consideration to ensure that the weather station is not damaged and does not give you skewed reading. Such readings may affect your predictions for the weather conditions in the future.
- Screen graphics/ design – Design is an important factor when choosing something that will be part of your home. You need an option that blends in with what you have on your wall. Also ensure that the screen graphics and the font used are to your liking. We all know how such small details when not perfect can be disturbing. If you need a small screen, you can go for that. If you need a smaller one, you can also go for that.
Choosing a weather station for your home requires you to know what you want and based it on what you are willing to pay.