How to Choose an Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer


Anyone can turn on the local news and get an update on the weather. The only downside is that you may not always get an accurate temperature for your area because most people live outside the city in which their local news is aired. Depending on how far you live from the city, your temperature could vary from as little as 1 to 10 degrees. In order to get an accurate temperature, you need an indoor/outdoor thermometer. By selecting an indoor/outdoor thermometer, you’ll always have an accurate reading of the temperature in your neighborhood.

  • Look for a wireless model. Indoor/outdoor thermometers can be purchased with or without an outdoor probe. If the model comes with a probe, you must find a way to run the cord to an outdoor area. With a wireless model, all you have to do is mount an outdoor sensor that will send information to your indoor receiver. This allows you to find the perfect space to mount your thermometer and get an accurate temperature.

  • Select a model with a large display. A large display will allow you to read the thermometer from across the room. If you’re keeping an eye on bad weather, this will come in handy. If you choose a model with a small display, you’ll constantly have to go and check the temperature.

  • Make sure the model features a light. A backlight makes it easier to read an indoor/outdoor thermometer. Models that aren’t backlit are hard to read in bright rooms, even if they do feature a large display.

  • Choose a model that’s easy to mount. When you choose an indoor/outdoor thermometer, it’s important to consider how you will mount the system. Both the sensor and the receiver should be easy to mount/display. Choose a model that allows you to hang the sensor from a nail and a receiver that comes with a stand or flat base.

  • Read reviews before you make your purchase. There are some indoor/outdoor thermometers that sound amazing for the price. Unfortunately, these models usually have poor reviews. Make sure to always read the reviews before making your final purchase. This ensures that you choose a model that’s accurate and works properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most wireless models have a sensor that can report from up to 100 feet away.
  • A green or blue backlight is easy on the eyes.
  • Some indoor/outdoor thermometers also feature weather updates.

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