I just received my Climate sensors and thought I’d share my honest thoughts/review on these with the community (these are my own personal opinions as a regular community member and do not represent Wyze in any way).
They use a CR2032 battery. I prefer rechargeable battery options (such as AAA), but I acknowledge that would make them larger and a more awkward size, and the CR battery does appear to last a long time according to the specs: 18 months of battery life, so I guess that makes up for it.
They do not show up as devices in Alexa or Google (I like being able to assign a temp sensor to a certain room in those platforms and then ask Google/Alexa what the temperature is in a certain room…I used to do this with my previous Ecobee sensors)
I would like to be able to pick which sensors are used or not used for the HMS “Environment” stats. I’ll talk about this more later, but basically, I purposely put one of the Climate Sensors outside, and since all sensors are automatically included in this section, it gets thrown off a little when it is including that one in there. And since I put them by my stoves and fireplaces, those might throw it off too. I would like to be able to pick which sensors are used or not used for the HMS Environment stats:
No Device Group for the climate sensors. I feel a Device Group for these would be very beneficial so they will take up less space on the home tab and be more organized and it will make it so it’s still easy for me to continue to see all my climate sensors at the same time and all the differences they’re all showing (for now, if you have the HMS subscription you can go to the Monitoring tab and click on Environment and see a cool lineup with all the sensors status at once, see screenshots farther down). For anyone else who would like to see a Device Group for these sensors added into the app (like how we can group other similar devices together in device groups), I recommend voting for it in the wishlist (Note that a wishlist item doesn’t mean Wyze has made any promises that they will do what we’re requesting, but it is helpful for Wyze to see that there is interest in the thing being voted on):
- Very affordable and easy to get a lot of them (others I’ve used in the past charged as much as $40 each for similar functionality, though with a quick search you can find some for similar prices, I like the look of these better than most others and like that these integrate with the Wyze ecosystem and HMS hardware in particular), and I am thus not too concerned with taking creative risks with possibly ruining and having to replace them (see my “OTHER USES AND IDEAS” section for examples of what I mean)
- Humidity and Temperature readings
- Daily and Weekly averages in a statistical chart
(Note I’ve only had these active for a few hours, so I couldn’t show stats for longer than that yet)
- The Environment section in the HMS Monitoring Tab that integrates these:
- The Notification options are awesome.
- The sensors are small and look good. I don’t feel like I have to try to hide them in discrete locations like I have done with other companies’ sensors I’ve had.
- I hope that some day in the future Wyze will allow an option we can enable for the Thermostat to be able take the readings from these into account when averaging the household temperature or other things (some people might have a humidifier connected to their HVAC system for example). I know the thermostat page says that at some point in the future the Thermostat would get it’s own cool sensors too, but it would be cool if we could opt-in to allow some of these Climate sensors to be used by the thermostat as well through the cloud or the Wyze Ecosystem.
Rules to allow us to trigger an action other than notifications if temperature or humidity goes above or below a set threshold. Maybe just for fun I want to have my color bulbs change to a different color if the temperature gets too hot (red) or too cold (blue), or I can trigger a Wyze Plug to turn on and have a fan blow or a window air-conditioner or small space heater or a humidifier or de-humidifier depending on the person and location, etc. There are a lot of possibilities if rule triggers are allowed with this beyond simple notifications.
- While I don’t use IFTTT since their change, I know this is something a lot of people would like. Since it is related to rules, I thought I’d at least mention that this is something a lot of people would like access to. Also, please allow Alexa to use routines for more rules.
- Allow Google and Alexa to connect to them and tell us the temp or humidity readings of these sensors like I used to be able to do with my previous ecobee system (before I switched to a Wyze Thermostat).
(These are my personal decision, not recommendations by Wyze)
- I did purposely put some of these near my fireplaces, and above my stoves/ovens so that it would alert me or remind me when these areas get hot. High temperatures here might not always mean “fire” but at least it will be a good reminder for me to check the cameras or the stove/oven/fireplace and help remind me of some of these risky or “ongoing attention warranted” situations. Wyze has not recommended them for use in these ways, this is all me just trying it out on my own accord. For all I know, it may be that using them in this way could damage them if they are repeatedly subjected to temperatures outside the recommended zones, so I am not suggesting others do this, simply saying I want to try it this way and I am willing to risk having to buy new sensors for the potential peace of mind here. So I just set to have notifications when it gets hot near these areas just to help put it on my attention radar, even if there isn’t any smoke or anything [yet] setting off a smoke alarm.
- I also decided to put 2 sensors near each other, but on opposite sides of an outside wall. One inside my bedroom and the other on the other side of the wall at the back of my house (under an awning and protected from rain, snow, etc). Again, Wyze says these are not for outdoor use, so I fully accept the risk that I may just have to buy a replacement (thank goodness they are so affordable). But I love seeing the difference in temperature and humidity on those 2 sensors throughout the day (as well as all the others)!
Overall, I like these. They are smaller than I expected and the design is such that I feel good about posting them anywhere without feeling the need to hide them discretely. I hope some of the things I mentioned above are added to these by Wyze to make them even better. But even if they remain just as they are now, I will be keeping and using them, and I may buy a few more.
If you have them, how do they compare to temp or humidity sensors you’ve had before?