Weather Instrument Pricing Guide
If you are considering purchasing a home weather instrument or station, this pricing guide will help you develop a budget and plan for the costs associated with our products. Prices will vary depending on installation costs and services.
What is the Cost of a Home Weather Instrument Set-up – Things to Consider
- Initial purchase price of instruments
- Some instruments require no installation and run on batteries or are self-powered
- Some instruments require installation with sensors mounted to the highest point on the roof and running wiring through the walls of your home
- Possible charge for installation if not self-installing
- Additional installation materials
Weather Instrument Power Comparison
There are 3 primary ways a weather instrument can be powered…
- Battery powered
- Electrically (110V AC) powered
Examples of self-powered weather instruments are barometers and hygrometers. A barometer is an instrument that measures the air pressure, which tells you whether to expect nice weather or if a storm may be approaching within the next 10-12 hours. A hygrometer is used to measure indoor humidity. Both are self-contained and require no external sensors or power source. The price of these self-powered instruments is determined by which outer case you would like, brass, nickel, chrome or tarnish resistant PVD brass.
Prices for self-powered instruments range from $225 – $650
Some examples of battery powered instruments are east coast tide-clocks and time clocks. A tide-clock is powered by a single AA battery and will track the average time between lunar high tides in the Atlantic Ocean. Our battery powered quartz time clock is also powered by a single AA battery and both are available in brass, nickel, or chrome with no installation necessary.
Prices for battery powered instruments range from $225-$250
Electrically Powered (110V AC) Weather Instruments
Examples of instruments that require electrical power, and/or sensors with wiring, are wind speed, wind speed & direction, temperature, rainfall, and humidity instruments. All instruments are available in brass, nickel, chrome or tarnish resistant PVD brass and will require installation by yourself if you are comfortable running wires within your home, an electrician, security systems installer, or handyman. Installation costs are not included in the instrument price and can range anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour depending on your chosen installer. Most single instruments should be able to be installed within 2-3 hours.
Prices for electrically powered fully wired instruments range from $395 – $675
Weather Instruments Make Great, Unique Gifts
The beautiful part of giving Maximum Weather Instruments as a gift is, there are so many different options to choose from. That variety means there is likely something that will fit into any budget or instrument requirement. Are you looking for a housewarming or recognition gift that requires virtually no set-up? How about a wedding or anniversary gift with a limited amount of setup? Or maybe a retirement gift consisting of a combination of instruments. No matter the occasion, giving the gift of a single instrument or a complete station is something that the recipient will enjoy for decades to come.
The Perfect, Unexpected Housewarming Gift
A basic, no installation required, weather instrument makes a perfect housewarming gift. Barometers, tide clocks, time clocks, or temperature/humidity instruments all fit nicely in most homes. Individual instruments can be wall mounted or attached to a mantel/desk mount, that would allow the recipient to move it around the home and try it in different rooms for the best fit. Prices for single instruments range from $225 to $650 and you can include a mahogany/oak wall panel or mantel mount for an additional $50 to $80.
A great starter weather station could include a barometer and a clock or a barometer and a tide clock, mounted to a solid oak or mahogany wall panel, that can simply be hung on a wall and enjoyed. These simple arrangements require no external power source, other than a single AA battery, or cabling. Pricing for these easy to install weather stations starts around $500 and can go up to $1,000 depending on instruments and finishes selected.
What would make a great Wedding or Anniversary Gift?
The basic, no-installation weather instrument would make for a great gift for a wedding or anniversary, but… if you really want to make an impression, you can present a wind, temperature, or rainfall instrument which will provide the recipient a better understanding of their hyper-local weather conditions – right outside their home. These more intricate instruments may require a couple hours of installation work by a qualified homeowner, electrician, security system installer, or perhaps a local handyman. Prices for instruments that require installation range from $400 to $700 and could take 1-3 hours to properly install.
Combining instruments to create a small weather station that could measure wind, temperature, and pressure gives you an opportunity to create a gift that is even more special and could provide generations of enjoyment for the recipients. For a 2-3 instrument weather station, that may require 4 or 5 hours for professional installation, you should plan on spending $750 to $1,500 before installation.
Do you need a more substantial Gift for a Retirement or other Special Occasion, that is given from Multiple People or on Behalf of an Entire Organization?
We have larger, more complete weather stations that include all types of instruments, giving the recipient the opportunity to monitor the wind speed and direction, temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, time, and rainfall, that would make for an amazing gift. All larger weather stations will likely require professional installation by an electrician, security system installer, or handyman. Pricing for larger weather stations, before installation, range from $1,895 – $3,375, depending on instruments and finishes. Installation for a larger set-up could take 5-10 hours to complete.
Each of our hand-made weather instruments has its own form and function. Within each instrument category there is a wide price range available depending on which is best suited for your needs and your home. Also, within each instrument category there are varying installation requirements ranging from no installation or power, to full installation of sensors mounted on your roof and wiring through your house to carry the information from the outdoor sensors to the indoor instruments.
If you choose to go with a weather instrument set-up that requires installation, you may find the following recommendations to be helpful when planning your purchase.
- If you are comfortable running power and non-power cables through walls and accessing the highest point on your roof (for wind instruments), you could be a good candidate for a self-installation. All instruments include installation manuals that will give you a better understanding of what is involved with the installation process. You can access all our instrument manuals here.
- If you are not comfortable doing the job yourself, we recommend that you contact someone for installation assistance. A contractor, electrician, security system installer, or local handyman are all good options. It might be helpful to share the installation manuals for the instruments you intend to have installed, with the installer prior to getting started.
- Site inspection – The installer will visit your home to determine the optimal location to place the sensors on your roof, chimney, or side of home. During the site inspection, the installer will also determine the best route for wiring from outside your home to the preferred instrument location inside your home. The installer will advise if any other materials are needed, such as roof mounts, masts, brackets, extra cable, mounting hardware, or power outlets. These items may come with a cost that will be determined by the installer.
- Installation costs will vary depending on the installer’s experience and generally range from $50-$125/hour. Installation timing could also vary with the size and scope of the home, as well as the experience of the installer.
- If your wish list includes an instrument that measures the wind, your installer will likely start by identifying the location on your roof that will allow for the most accurate wind readings and site your wind sensors there. Our recommendation for the most accurate reading is to site the sensors 8 feet above the highest point on the roof.
- For temperature instruments, we recommend installing the sensor in a location that is 5-6 feet off the ground, protected from direct sunlight and has a northern exposure.
- For the rainfall sensor/bucket, we recommend any location that is easily accessible for cleaning debris from the bucket, and has an open exposure to the sky.
- Once all sensor locations have been determined and the sensors have been installed, the installer will need to run the wiring from the sensors into the house to where the instruments will be displayed.
- You will also need to have access to a power outlet so you can plug the instruments in and power them up. The location of the outlet can be behind, beneath (in basement) or above (attic) the instrument display. If an outlet does not exist within 6 feet of the instrument display, you will either need to extend the power adaptor cable to reach an existing outlet, or install a new outlet closer to the instruments.
- In the case of needing a new outlet, your installer will need to advise you of your best available options (behind, beneath or above the instruments).
- When the wiring from external sensors is brought to the location of the instruments and a power source is located, the instruments will be individually wired and mounted to either the mounting panel (if you are using one) or directly to your wall.