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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Wes, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. Wes

    Wes Guest

    Is there a reasonable priced humidity sensor that interfaces with pic's easily? Phanderson
    has a board but I think at 43 USD, it is out of my price range. I have some one wire temp
    chips on the way.

    My application is to drive a cooling fan to bring in cool air into my garage (shop) at
    night and exhaust air when the inside is hotter than the outside.

    Since I have machine tools inside, dew point is important in the calculation. I don't
    want to bring in moisture laden air if my tools are below dew point.

    Thanks,

    Wes
     
  2. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    I'm using the HIH-4000 family of sensors ($15-20 at digikey) for my
    home thermostats. They give out a DC voltage proportional to
    humidity; if your PIC has an ADC that's all you need. They also
    interface nicely with the maxim "battery monitor" 1wire chips (such as
    phanderson uses), which have temperature sensing in them.

    You can buy cheaper capacitive sensors for much less, but you need to
    use them in an oscillator or RC circuit to let the PIC sense the
    capacitance (and thus humidity). Again, if your PIC has an ADC, you
    can use an RC circuit between a GPIO output and the ADC to measure the
    RC constant in software.

    example: http://electronicdesign.com/Files/29/9808/Figure_01.gif
     
  3. Yukio YANO

    Yukio YANO Guest

    It will never happen !!

    If a Differential thermostat is set to bring in COLD and moist air into
    a Warm garage, the Tools will always be warmer than the external Air and
    thus warmer than the Saturated Air . Only if you were to bring in Warm
    MOIST Air would you get condensation on the COLD Tools.

    BY wiring an external Thermostat and Fan to bring COOLER air than the
    internal Temperature Thermostat; you would never have your tools below
    the Dewpoint. Besides the fan would cutoff when the ROOM temperature
    dropped below the ROOM Set Temperature.


    Yukio YANO
     
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