Should you use a wireless or wired rain sensor for your sprinkler system
Many people who are considering purchasing a rain sensor are not sure whether to get a wired or wireless system. While they both perform the basic functions, they have different costs and features that can make deciding between the two difficult. However, no matter which one you choose, Installing either a wired or a wireless rain sensor is extremely easy to do and can be done by most any homeowner.
In addition to the benefits one can receive from using a rain sensor, a wired sensor is extremely inexpensive. It requires less maintenance and no battery replacement. On the other hand, because the system is wired, it limits the number of places and the distance where the rain sensor can be located. The wired rain sensor requires you to run the wire between the sensor and the sprinkler system controller. This means you need to mount the wired sensor in a location that will allow you to run the wire without it looking bad or without it being exposed to being cut by a weed wacker or other device.
Wireless rain sensors have many features that make it a viable option for a number of homeowners. Wireless sensors can be placed up to five-hundred feet away from the irrigation system. The no wire part allows you to mount it in more places and makes the installation look nicer and is easier to install since you do not need to worry about running wire from the sensor to the sprinkler system controller. These systems also allow for adjustable rain sensitivity, which allows homeowners to tailor the sensor for their particular climate and water needs. Wireless rain sensors also have selectable conservation settings, system override, a rain delay feature, and back-up modes in case of power outage. Yet, these features come at a price. Wireless rain sensors may be as much as 100% more than a wired sensor, plus you will need to change the battery in the sensor over time to keep it working. The wired sensor never needs battery replacement.
There are many reasons why people have been purchasing rain sensors in increasing numbers. These systems conserve water, save money, and help you maintain a pristine lawn by preventing over or under watering. For those who have budgetary concerns, a wired rain sensor provides the basic functions for a cheaper price. Yet, those who are able to afford the more expensive wireless rain sensor will have a much broader range of options that will allow them to tailor the system to their unique needs. After a few months, the system will have paid for itself.