August weather can be unpredictable, alternating between 90-degree weather and monsoon thunderstorms. With the bustle of school starting and late summer routine changes, it’s a challenge to turn your sprinkler system off every time it rains-- not to mention remembering to turn them on before your grass becomes crispy. Worry no more. Sprinkler manufacturers have solved this problem through the rain sensor. Here are three reasons you should consider installing one this month:
1. Rain sensors prevent your automatic sprinkler system from running when it has rained. The sensor, which is installed in your yard, communicates with your irrigation controller when it captures rainfall. It temporarily stops the controller from watering. Once the sensor dries out, the irrigation controller resumes its normal schedule. By eliminating unnecessary watering, a rain sensor can save you money and conserve our community’s water resources.
2. Adding a rain sensor to an existing sprinkler system is relatively easy. The sensor gets installed somewhere in your landscape where it can monitor rainfall. The top of a fence or an eave of a roof are two common places. Just make sure it’s in an open area, not somewhere where a tree or building will block the sensor from rain.
A rain sensor can connect with your sprinkler controller directly through a wire or through a wireless connection. Wired sensors need a path for the wire between the sensor in the yard and the controller. Wireless options give you more flexibility on where to install the sensor, but check the product specifications before you buy to make sure it will work for your situation.
3. To help offset the cost of adding a rain sensor to your sprinkler system, we offer a rain sensor rebate. Wired sensors are eligible for a $25 rebate, while wireless options qualify for a $50 rebate. Learn more about the rebate here. All rain sensor models are eligible. Rain sensors can be purchased through online retailers, home improvement stores or irrigation supply stores.
Before you make a purchase, check your irrigation controller to make sure it has a rain sensor port to connect to the rain sensor. Most irrigation controllers sold in the last decade have one. If yours doesn’t, it might be time to upgrade to a smart controller, which is also eligible for a $50 rebate. Adding a rain sensor to a smart controller can fine-tune the controller’s performance by sensing actual rainfall in your yard rather than using data from a nearby weather station.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, adding a rain sensor is an easy way to enjoy the relief of mid-summer rain showers even if you’re asleep or away from home. You’ll be confident knowing you’re saving money while being water wise.