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I'm completely frustrated with ecobee's use of the CustomWeather service and their slow performance when it comes to updating my local weather. In addition, I'm in the Bay Area where temps change from one minute (and mile) to the next. CustomWeather is indicating temps for my ecobee's location thats off by several degrees and an hour or more old. All I want is an accurate temp reading just outside my house, thats what the ecobee3 is suppose to do. So I'm considering a bit of DIY weather proofing of one of my ecobee room sensor's then relocating it to the outdoors - perhaps just outside our back door with both Follow Me and Motion disabled plus no participation in the comfort settings. I placed one sensor outside today as a test and it recorded (and held) an outside temp of 83 degrees, up from 76 degrees after only 18-20mins of outdoor exposure. I compaired it against a few WeatherUnderground stations near me and it was correct….wow!
Maybe a bit of silicone type glue along the joint that splits the front and back half of the sensor. How about a patch of sticky Gorilla tape covering the battery compartment door to seal out the elements yet still allowing door removal to swap out the batteries later. Or perhaps simply positioning an unaltered sensor inside a 4in long 3in wide hanging PVC pipe capped off on one end and a mesh screen on the other end for air flow - then set it outside somewhere away from direct sunlight.
If I follow through with this project I plan to buy a fresh pair of sensors and use one outdoors. I'm willing to sacrifice a sensor just to see if this will work….ha! So is this crazy? Any suggestions, tips?