Get Smart About Weather

| 4/11/2019 11:05:00 AM

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Forecasting technology allows us to take proactive steps big and small when it comes to weather — from making minor temperature adjustments in our homes, to avoiding the path of a major storm. Now, with advancements in smart technology, we can not only see what’s coming, but we can monitor and prepare ourselves and our homes for weather events in extraordinary ways.

From cellphone apps and personal weather stations to smart lightbulbs and thermostats, you can use smart tech gadgets to stay ahead of Mother Nature, all from your smartphone. Here’s how.

Smart Thermostats and Temperature Sensors

Install small, battery-powered temperature sensors in strategic locations in your home and tie them into a smart thermostat using a Z-wave-powered smart home hub. They’ll allow you to control the climate down to the room, and they can alert you to sudden changes in temperature (like when a door is left open and cold air is rushing in). You can set up a smart home routine to trigger your thermostat to go into eco mode if one sensor reports a sudden drop in temperature, helping you save energy.

Some smart thermostats can even adjust automatically based on upcoming weather. They anticipate your needs based on previous usage patterns, and when a forecast indicates a sudden rise in temperature is coming, they can start pre-cooling your home.

Personal Weather Station

A backyard weather station can provide you with specific weather data for your location’s micro-climate. These sensor-laden devices track local rainfall, wind, air pressure, and even UV levels in real time, right in your backyard, giving you a hyperlocal weather forecast. Ideal for the weather geek, these devices are smart enough to generate forecasts and can work with smart devices in your home to adapt to the weather. For example, they can alert your smart thermostat for a temp adjustment or tell the irrigation system when to water the lawn.

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