Here’s what you need to know before switching to a smart irrigation system

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What is a smart irrigation system

A smart irrigation system allows for users to establish a watering schedule. The system works automatically by collecting environmental data or meteorological data. Users can also manually input information to regulate their smart irrigation system. Smart irrigation systems were designed to be convenient and efficient. This article will go over how a smart irrigation system works, the different types of smart irrigation systems and the benefits of installing a smart irrigation system.

How it works

A smart irrigation system adjusts a user’s lawn watering schedule based on a variety of factors. These factors can include soil condition, the weather, plant types and the rate of evaporation. Using any of these measurements allows a smart irrigation system to adjust accordingly to any changes in precipitation or temperature. Most smart irrigation systems can be divided into two categories. There are Weather-based smart irrigation controllers and then there are smart irrigation systems that measure the amount of moisture in the soil. Weather-based smart sprinkler controllers are often called evapotranspiration. The word Evapotranspiration comes from two weather factors, Soil-surface evaporation and transpiration. Transpiration is the process by which water travels through a plant and is evaporated from the plants through its stem, leaves or flowers. To measure soil-surface evaporation and plant transpiration, a smart irrigation system measures humidity, solar radiation, temperature and changes in the wind. This information is normally collected on-site, but this data can also be collected from public meteorological data available on the internet. A soil-based smart controller collects data from sensors buried in on-site soil. If the controller detects enough moisture in the soil it will reschedule the irrigation process.

Which system should you use

The decision to use a weather-base controller versus a soil base controller depends on user preferences. Weather-base controllers are easier to set up but not considered as accurate as soil base controllers by some experts. Soil-based controllers are considered very accurate because they take measurements directly from the soil. The Potential downside to soil-based controllers is that they have to be adjusted and require wiring or need multiple sensors connected to the controller.

A good system would be the Rachio 3, which has been reviewed in this article: Techimperatives.com – Spice up your garden with a smart irrigation controller.

But there are also quite a few youtube videos that showcase how it works.

Benefits of a smart irrigation system

Installing a smart irrigation system can benefit users in multiple ways. Smart irrigation systems allow users to remotely control the irrigation of their property. All users need is a computer or a mobile device to access their smart irrigation system settings. Smart irrigation systems may initially cost more than traditional irrigation systems but users will save money over time by reducing their water usage. A smart irrigation system can reduce a user’s water usage by as much as 50%. Smart irrigation systems are often equipped with the ability to detect changes in water flow and alert users of potential problems with the system. Paying more for a smart irrigation system is worth the cost. With a smart irrigation system, Users will have more free time, a healthier Garden, and save money over time.

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