With the purchase of a garden weather station, the weather observation can start immediately – one thinks. To get reliable data choose the right location for the base station and the outdoor sensors.
An outside temperature sensor mounted on the sunny side or a weather station display with an integrated temperature sensor above a heater – both lead to incorrect weather data.
We have summarized the 10 most important rules for installing a weather station for you and also check this setup guide for the garden weather station before installation.
Factors need to check while installing a weather station:
- A weather station (base station) inside the house should be attached to an easily accessible and visible wall. Heat sources such as heating, direct sunlight through a window, or heating pipes laid in the wall must be considered when choosing a location.
- Before installing an outdoor sensor, pay attention to the range specified in the operating instructions. If there are several walls (reinforced concrete) in the way of the outdoor sensor, it leads to a weaker signal. It may lose connection so install it in the range.
- An outdoor sensor may only be installed in an area permanently in the shade. According to the official standard, the mounting height should be 2 meters above the ground.
- Never mount an outdoor sensor near windows, walls, or roofs. These house elements continuously radiate heat and falsify the data. Installation over heat-storing stone floors and concrete should also be avoided. The lawn is the best substrate.
- Make sure the place you choose is not too draughty but also not too sheltered from the wind. Both extremes can lead to rapid temperature changes or prevent sudden temperature changes from being detected.
- Pay attention to the water-resistance of the outdoor sensor. Check the user manual to see if the outdoor sensor is waterproof or just “splashproof.” When a rain shower or thaw in winter, you risk the sensor malfunction!
- Energy-insulated house walls (north side) are ideal for installation. But uninhabited garden huts (on the north side) are also suitable.
- In contrast to rain sensors, you can also mount a thermal sensor on a tree trunk.
- Make sure that the sensor can be reached. Rain sensors must be cleaned regularly. A battery change is also scheduled regularly.
- A rain sensor should be at the height of 1 meter above ground and relatively sheltered from the wind. Smaller bushes nearby are desirable. A large tree can falsify the precipitation measurement due to the wind shadow. Obstacles such as trees or buildings should be at least twice as far away from the precipitation sensor as they are tall.