How to Choose a Home Remote Temperature Monitoring System

How to Choose a Home Remote Temperature Monitoring System
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How to Choose a Home Remote Temperature Monitoring System

Remote Temperature Monitoring Systems have long been standard equipment at hospitals, schools, colleges and manufacturing facilities. In fact, AcuRite's sister company, Primex Inc. offers industry-leading remote temperature monitoring systems for even the most demanding commercial applications.

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To choose the right remote temperature monitoring system, it's good to start by identifying your needs. Here are examples of good questions to ask yourself before making a purchase:

  • Do you need to know indoor and outdoor temperature?
  • Do you need to measure temperature in multiple locations (e.g. different rooms of the house)?
  • Do you have special requirements, such as checking for frozen pipes, monitoring your fridge/freezer, or maintaining a reptile enclosure?
  • Do you wish to track temperature trends over time, and/or record temperature highs and lows?
  • Do you also want to monitor other weather conditions, such as humidity, rainfall, wind speed/direction and barometric pressure?
  • Lastly, would it be useful to access temperature information from a smartphone, tablet, computer or a centralized location?

If you're a homeowner or operate a small business, a remote temperature monitoring system can be highly useful tool for you, too. This is because it can measure (depending on your needs) conditions inside your home, office or your own back yard.

Now that you know a little about your requirements, here is an overview of the various types of remote temperature monitoring systems available for home and light commercial use.

Types of Temperature Monitoring Systems

Stand-Alone Remote Temperature Monitoring Systems

A remote temperature monitoring system allows you to measure temperature using one or more wireless sensors. The sensors can measure temperature in multiple locations and/or in hard-to-reach places. The sensors then transmit the temperature data to a digital display, conveniently located within view. Potential uses can include:

  • Viewing outside temperature from an indoor location
  • Simultaneously viewing temperature in multiple locations
    • E.g. attics, garages, basements, wine cellars, etc.

The Stand-Alone Remote Temperature Monitoring System is designed specifically to monitor temperatures inside a refrigerator and freezer, helping to ensure safe food storage conditions. Wireless sensors are placed inside the freezer and fridge, which transmit their readings to a stand-alone digital display that can be magnet-mounted on the fridge door. Thanks to this system, temperatures can be viewed without opening the freezer/fridge doors, and the thermometer will sound an alarm if the temperatures have exceeded their normal operating range, alerting you to take action.

Other AcuRite products feature remote temperature monitoring with enhanced features. For example, many of AcuRite's popular alarm clocks offer remote temperature monitoring, allowing you to view indoor and outdoor conditions right from your night stand.

Internet-Connected Remote Temperature Monitoring Systems

Sometimes when you're away, it can be helpful to know temperature readings in the places you care about.

Fortunately, when remote temperature sensors are wirelessly connected to an Internet bridge, you can access temperature data from a smartphone, tablet or computer. AcuRite's AcuLink home temperature monitoring systems can also be configured to provide a warning (like a text and email alert) if temperatures rise above or fall below a preset range. Here are some possible uses:

  • Storage Space
  • Music Room
  • Animal Enclosure
  • Greenhouse
  • Wine Cellar
  • Humidor
  • Refrigerator/freezer

The Internet-connected Remote Temperature Monitoring System can provide temperature readings in three different locations, and conveniently deliver data to your computer or mobile device via the AcuLink software or app.

Weather Stations and Weather Environment Systems

Temperature isn't the only thing that has an impact on you and your home. Humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed and wind direction are all factors that potentially affect your comfort and health, not to mention the longevity of your home, yard and its valuable contents. If you could benefit from more than just temperature readings, you should consider a weather station or weather environment system. Here's an overview:

  • A weather station delivers a variety of measurements to a stand-alone display.
  • A weather environment system uploads the data to the Internet where it can be accessed remotely. It may or may not also include a stand-alone digital display.

The Pro 5-in-1 Color Weather Station with Wind and Rain is a full-featured weather environment system with a 5-in-1 outdoor sensor that measures outdoor temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, and wind direction. The digital display features internal sensors to measure indoor temperature, indoor humidity, and barometric pressure. The AcuRite Access makes the data available to the My AcuRite app, and can also be automatically uploaded to weather websites like Weather Underground.

May 29, 2018
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