Remote temperature sensors have recently become a very accessible tool for anyone to use and shown utility in the home and in industry alike. These wireless thermometer sensors are small devices which allow you to monitor the temperature and humidity of any location you choose. Developers and sellers of these sensors are highlighting the diverse range of places that they may be useful, from your home or office to in your greenhouse, a bakery, walk-in freezer and holiday home. Traditionally, these sensors have been bulky, unreliable, and costly devices, but due to a growing need and the development of new technologies, these sensors are now more than affordable and easy to use than ever before.
First off, many may be asking themselves why they would need a wireless temperature monitoring system. For some, monitoring the temperature of a property, caravan or RV to ensure that the temperature remains between a normal range may aid in preventing humidity-related damage that may occur in your absence and cause costly damage and a hefty bill to pay down the line. This small, preventative measure could make a real difference. For others, monitoring the temperature of their home during the day and early evening before they return from work gives them the peace of mind that a beloved pet, or children returning home from school, are in a comfortable and warm home. Perhaps from a cost-saving stance, using remote thermometer sensors can ensure you are using your central heating in the most cost-effective way and keeping your energy bill to a minimum.
But the real utility of these remote temperature sensors comes from a business point of view, remote temperature sensors offer a way to minimise product loss in stores, supermarkets, and warehouses. These monitors incur a one-off purchase cost with no further monthly subscription fees. When using them to monitor freezers and stores in supermarkets and shops, you will be alerted immediately to any power and appliance failure such as a fridge or freezer which will ultimately cost you money due to damaged foods. Moreover, the most useful application of remote temperature sensors is in server rooms. Servers are extremely sensitive to air humidity and temperature changes, which can result in the shutdown of the servers, ultimately halting business operations, by affecting internet and thereby restricting access to files and preventing emails being sent. In any business, this translates into the loss of money, something any business owner wants to acutely avoid. The use of one simple temperature monitor sensor in the server room would provide alerts to the correct person long before the changes caused detrimental damage to equipment. Today, these sensors are a necessity and a requirement in all businesses hosting a server room.
It may be useful to give a brief overview of how these technologies work. Temperature sensor monitors are small, light-weight devices which can be placed in your home and chosen location where they monitor temperature and humidity within a wide range. Most of these sensors come with an app that can be downloaded onto your phone or you can link the sensor to your email account and access it through your laptop or tablet. Set-up is simple and quick and you will then be able to set the temperature and humidity levels for which you would like to receive an alert, i.e. outside the normal range. Once it has been set up, you can simply leave these monitors to do their work and forget about them until you receive an alert. These sensors are usually battery operated, but some plug into the mains in your home. As technology has improved, these sensors have become increasingly reliable and trustworthy and are very hassle-free to use. Remote thermometer sensors typically run on the Wi-Fi and many on the market today can be linked to multiple contacts – for instance both you and your partner, and several sensor monitors can be set up on one platform. This means you could monitor several locations simultaneously.
An important note: You may already have a remote temperature monitor within your home if you own the Echo Plus, Amazon’s smart-home hub. The Echo Plus contains an integrated temperature monitor to which you can set up alerts to your phone and, in response to which, set up actions accordingly. For instance, an increase in temperature may trigger the action of a fan being turned on. This nifty addition to the Echo means one less device to add to your home, but maximizes the utility of your Echo.
Business owners and home-owners should look at investing in one of these intelligent devices. They can both directly and indirectly save money and allow the monitoring of conditions in places where temperature and humidity need to be tightly regulated.
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