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This smart weather station comes with three distinct parts, a SKY unit, an AIR unit, and a Wi-Fi hub. The three pieces work together to get the information you desire. Together they work with multiple smart home devices. You can pair this station with Alexa, Google Home, or directly integrate it with Weather Underground. Additionally, this station works with the IF This Then That system to create applets and triggers to integrate with your smart home. It also works with the REST API, weeWx, ISY, and HomeSeer.
The SKY module is designed to be placed in the open sky underneath full sun. It has no moving parts to wear out, relying on a haptic rain sensor and a sonic anemometer to measure air movement. The sensors integrated into the module measures the following information:
- Wind Speed and direction sampled every 3 seconds
- Rain accumulation, duration, and intensity
- UV Index
- Brightness Measured by kLux
- Solar Radiance
The AIR module is placed in a shady spot that is out of the direct sunlight so that it can measure ambient parameters without influence. It will measure outdoor temperature and relative humidity as well as current pressure and the dew point. It will also measure the heat index. The AIR module also can detect lightning activity.
Both of these units have a range of over 1000 feet. The SKY module uses an integrated solar panel to provide power with a rechargeable battery. This battery can provide 30 days of power for continually overcast situations, while the AIR module uses 4 AA batteries. The 4 AA batteries can power the module for over a year.
The modules are meant to connect to the Wi-Fi Hub module that connects directly to your home network. Because the hub is connected to the module, it can then publish all the data it collects directly online without the need for a PC. The Wi-Fi connection also allows for automatic updates to the devices’ firmware when necessary.
This device uses machine learning to ensure that your modules are always in correct calibration. It does this because it is connected to the WeatherFlow cloud service. By maintaining this two-way connection, you can ensure that the data you’re getting from your modules is what is being reported by other weather sensors and centers in the area. This also helps to improve the forecast accuracy for your area as well.
Accessing the information from the modules is as simple as installing an app on your smart phone and registering your devices. From there, the apps will pull the information and allow you to view them. This makes this device exceptional for placing at a second home or near a place where you want the information where you can install a Wi-Fi hub or tap into a public connection.
What Your Smart Home Can Do
There is more to a Smart Home than just having an Alexa or Google Home device. A smart home can have appliances, lighting, electronics, or other devices that are controlled remotely by you or those you choose. But it’s more than just being able to turn your lights on and off at the swipe of a screen. In a smart home, the devices work together and communicate so that you can set up specific calls or applications.
As an example, imagine that you had a smart home with smart locks, lights, and thermostat. You also have your home theater system set up as well. You can set an application that you can activate when you want to go to bed. This would lock the door, turn the thermostat in your bedroom to a comfortable level, turn the temperature down in the rest of the home, and turn out every other light.
This level of coordination with the other devices is what makes a smart home truly smart. You can also pair it with your smart phone and use Wi-Fi tethering to create apps that let your home respond to you when you’re close and other apps that work when you’re far away.
By integrating a weather station into your smart home, you can then save yourself money by integrating the information with your thermostat. You can take advantage of your home’s ability to work as a thermal battery to heat and cool your home more efficiently. As you do so, you’ll use less energy and thus spend less money on your heating and cooling bills.
This weather station is one of the premiere products available for providing information about the weather and climate. With its ability to connect to your home via Wi-Fi, an entire host of capabilities is opened. Whether you choose to pair your station with your thermostat to save money on your heating and cooling costs, or you’re just going to use it to get information about the weather outside, this is one of the best options available.