There are endless possibilities with current home automation systems. Many homeowners now make use of ‘smart home’ solutions to control their heating or cooling system, lighting system, and check video surveillance cameras remotely. However, only a few know how to extend their automation systems so as to be able to monitor weather around their homes remotely.
To be able this, having the following four components is essential:
- A home Internet Wi-Fi connection,
- A home automation control panel (known as the hub),
- Smartphone App (compatible with the hub) and
- Compatible weather analysis devices.
The weather monitoring devices range from temperature sensors and rain meters, to wind meters and humidity sensors.
The control panel which connects to the home Wi-Fi becomes the focal point of contact for all your automation devices, including wireless dimming controls or switches, thermostats, blinds or curtains, and home surveillance cameras in addition to all the weather sensors. A homeowner can configure all the above devices to be accessed and controlled by their smartphone by installing the Smartphone App, thereby making a smartphone-controlled weather monitoring possible.
While the features of various home automation providers may vary, most modern systems provide the following advantages as regards wireless weather monitoring:
• Monitor weather in real-time using a Smartphone
When a home automation hub is linked to the weather meters, a homeowner will always be in the know of how much rainfall, temperature, humidity and wind speed there is around their home whether they are in the office or away on holidays. This means whenever you are away from home as a homeowner; you can use your Smartphone App to know the amount of rainfall in your garden or the wind speed in your local area.
• Receive emergency alerts during extreme climatic conditions
You can configure your automation system in a way that it’d send push alerts every time the rain meters detect certain levels of rain or the heat sensors sense a preset temperature range. This means prepares you for the weather changes in order to take necessary actions. For example, if your area experiences strong winds, you’ll get an alert on your Smartphone. In response to this, you may choose to close your curtains or blinds using your smartphone.
• Make other devices work with weather sensors
Homeowners can make other devices such as thermostats respond to the readings of the weather sensors. For example, if the temperature falls below a certain level, your thermostat can switch on and automatically start heating your home.
• Analyze past climate trends
Apart from allowing you to track real-time weather updates around your home, home automation allows you to analyze periodic climate trends. You can check periodic graphs for all essential weather parameters, such as rain, wind speed, humidity, UV index, etc. Some systems allow you to analyze weekly climate trends while others also let you review monthly and annual graphs.
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