I’m finally in the process of adding some additional sensors to my ST setup. One if the health issues that I deal with is completed collapse of my airways. As such, getting any respiratory irritation or illness can, quite literally, put me in ICU. The last couple of years our family noticed that we all may be getting side effects from winter air that’s simply too dry. I’d like to add some humidity sensors to my ST so that I can at least monitor the air and see if we need to add a humidifier. I love the look of the Aeon 6 Multi Sensor
(http://aeotec.com/z-wave-sensor) and it appears to be confirmed to work with ST (https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/206157226).
My question is whether anyone here has used it with good luck. Reviews are all over the place with some sites showing excellent experiences and Amazon being decidedly mixed. I then wondered if this disparity may be down to user experience, shall we say, trying to put it politely. However I don’t just want to assume that. I love that it packs many sensors into one unit which makes it more cost effective (and for that matter more cost effective just for batteries as I’m only powering one device ongoing instead of many) and options like the ST temp/humidity sensor don’t even seem to be available for purchase - though there is a dedicated page in the ST store.
So I’d love to hear any thoughts, experiences, and recommendations from the awesome ST community on whether this Aeon 6 sensor would be a good option or what else you might recommend for a humidity sensor.
I should also say there are a bunch of inexpensive motion sensors and contact sensors which also have temperature and some have humidity, but they’re not very accurate.
Since this is for a medical purpose, I guess the first question is just how accurate does it have to be.
I know there are some community members who want to very precise humidity measurements and they are using the Kumo wireless tags for that purpose. There is an integration with smart things or they have their own IFT TT channel and you can get indirect integration that way.
You do have to buy one of their ethernet bridges ($60) and then each tag cost about $30. But they are much more precise than most of the home automation devices available that work with SmartThings.
This is a great sensor for me. I have four of them, 2 in each of two locations. The humidity sensor seems fairly accurate between them an in comparison to another humidity/temperature device I have.
Three of mine are running off USB power, which causes the device to run warmer & throw off the temperature measurement vs it’s factory cal. There are several community device type handlers available that allow you to calibrate the temperature (or the humidity, if needed).
The main application for me is monitoring a second home and making sure the humidity doesn’t get out of hand while we are away…
Thanks do much for the replies! This community is simply incredible. I’m so grateful for your help.
@JDRoberts, as always, that is a great question about what level of precision I’m looking for. Got my current needs, a ballpark humidity level will work just fine. I don’t currently have a high specificity range for humidity… Just trying to keep the humidity at s somewhat reasonable level. I just learned that flu and similar “bugs” actually thrive in dryer climes and are hindered by a bit more humidity. That’s reason enough for me, with my predisposition to respiratory infections, to begin some humidity monitoring. And my service dog is getting really dry, flaky, itchy skin suddenly (and has in winter’s past, as well) and I’d like to see if humidity has an impact on her skin issues as well. I’m defyingly going to keep the Kumo wireless tags in mind, as a viable alternative or a better option should I need more accuracy in the future.
@rangelsammon, @Barkis, thanks so much for sharing your experiences as well as the info about reporting times and calibration being available for that sensor, if needed! That’s great to know and the calibration might help if it turns out to be off by too much. I love having options, just in case.
Thanks to your input, I have a couple of these multi sensors on the way and we’ll see how they go. I was planning to add some motion and light sensors anyway so this is great. I’ll add more if they work well. Thanks again!