The second one by Davis Instruments is more complicated and more expensive, and I would have to figure out which modules to buy for the various sensor points, how to set them up, get the separate software, etc.—and messing with that kind of stuff feels like it is sucking out my soul. But it measures a lot more variables. But Paul doesn’t really care about anything but temperature.
If anyone has any feedback on either of these, or knows of a better option that meets all our criteria (discussed earlier in this thread) please let me know! Otherwise I’ll probably order the first one within a day or two.
I will probably be moving into the Abbey sometime in the next few days, so I’m super excited!
IMO (of course...) go with the simple one the meets Paul's interests. Unless they're the same price, then choice is a (little) harder, but I bet the simple one is cheaper (busy at moment, haven't checked).
You have a full life, lots other stuff to do, lots of _that_ pretty important by itself. Logistics will be enough challenge w/out adding deep tech detail. You'll pay a little more in time recording results "manually" compared with ideal setup of the Davis system; but doesn't sound like tech spins your wheels. <g> And the big system could be a BIG issue setting up and maybe risk failure to get there. So KISS.
Advice: On receipt immediate test for proper function, including connection with phone and returning more or less plausible temps from various places. Any function you think you paid for and will want, test it. Immediately. Keep the package for a few days, see if things still work after being powered up a while. Good? Good. But the failure rate of cheap electronics (ie, almost all electronics available today) is significant. Waiting to test can cost you both time (winter's coming) and money (return window).
If all goes swimmingly, somebody can approach a more expensive purchase later, knowing what worked, what more was needed, etc.
I have moved into Allerton Abbey, more or less, although the floors are still under construction, which presents some logistical challenges. We are hoping to finish the floors and begin the thermal inertia test soon, although it hasn’t been ideal floor-drying weather lately, even with the doors/windows open. I experienced my first snow at the Abbey last weekend—it was incredibly beautiful. I’ve only seen snow a handful of times in my life.