Temperature and Humidity sensor, which one which you recommend?


(WillK) #1

Hi all,

Newbie here. Going to move to in a few weeks and I would like to have a few area monitored. I start reading about Smartthing. Specifically I want to know about the attic temperature and humidity and also the same for the basement, what sensor(s) is good for this purpose?

I found the Aeotec and Zooz multisensors on Amazon. But there are quite a lot of devices out there. Where else would you recommend to source the sensors?

May be there should be a list of supported devices by type and popularity?
Thanks
Will


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#2

Welcome! ( i’ve moved this to projects so you can get individualized responses based on your own needs and preferences.)

First we’ll need to know whether you are in the US or the UK, as the device selection is different.

There’s no one “best” answer as different people have different needs and budget. For example, if you need really sensitive humidity sensing, such as for storing guitars or monitoring certain kinds of plants, then most of the available home automation devices just aren’t sensitive enough. But the Kumo wireless tag sensors from Cao gadgets are much more precise, so some community members get those. However, they require also using their own bridge device, so it can get expensive. Still, if you need that level of precision, it’s a good choice. These also have excellent weather proofing and long range.

http://wirelesstag.net/index.html

Many open/close sensors and some motion sensors have temperature readings built-in, and that can be a good multipurpose device, although the sensitivity may not be great, and you’ll only get reporting maybe every 15 minutes or so. But typically good enough for running HVAC equipment for Home comfort.

And of course the multi sensors like The Fibaro and the Aeotec multis have temperature and humidity readings, but again not always that sensitive. Still, this may save on your overall budget if you also need a motion sensor in the same area.

The Everspring ST814 is a good intermediate device. Not as precise as the wireless tags, but more precise than your typical multisensor. It also has its own display screen, which again can be useful when you are monitoring a specific microclimate, as you can see what’s going on when you’re in the area. And it usually costs less then the multi sensors which have built in motion detection as well. We have several community members using it for things like monitoring a wine cooler, a cheesecave, etc.

So it would help if we knew your particular requirements as far as using these devices. Is it just for general home comfort? Or is there something specific that you are monitoring? :sunglasses:


#3

As far as a ranking list, again, different things work for different people. But there is a good FAQ thread that discusses the different features in different device classes, and can help you understand what different features might be used for. :sunglasses:


(WillK) #4

Thanks for the quick reply.

I’m in New York, US. I’m simply a new home owner who wants to know everything about the house.
I’m looking to monitor the humidity in the basement to

  • establish a baseline
  • determine how humid it gets, and
  • hopefully knowing that there many be minor wetness somewhere which may bring up the humidity

From the Attic,

  • I want to know how hot it gets and if the fan is effective enough to pull out hot/humid air.

I think 15 mins interval is good. I’ll start looking at the thread you provided.

Thanks
W


#5

Doesn’t sound like you would need the Cao wireless tags, then. The everspring is a decent device for both humidity and temperature, and cost less than the multi sensors that also have motion detectors. You could probably go 10 bucks cheaper for the attic sensor if you didn’t need humidity there and you just went with one of the Contact sensors that does temperature as well. I’ve never found humidity readings to be very useful in an attic – – there are just too many micro climate issues. But choice is good. :sunglasses:


(Mark) #6

I use the everspring temp/humidity device in my two bedroom apartment, which is also in NY. One in each bedroom and one in the living room. I’ve been pretty happy with them.

I’ve found the temperature accuracy is decent; each one of mine tends to be a degree or two less than a reference thermometer I have, but they are consistently so. There is a community developed device handler that allows me to include a temperature offset so the temp reported to ST is more accurate than what is on the device’s screen.

Humidity is probably not as accurate. It should work if you need general “high” and low" humidity readings but might not be able to do better than that.