Hi everyone. I just purchased and installed a Iro and an external rain sensor on August 1st (2015)
So far, I’m liking the Iro, but I often feel like all of the settings and things are a bit over my head.
Can you help me with any of the following:
1: Rain sensor: I bought one. I installed it, tested it. It shows up in the device history when it activates and deactivates. I’m using flex schedules and I can’t tell if the rain sensor is affecting them at all. Does it play a part in calculating the MAD principals moisture balance at all? (like if I had rain at my house but my nearest weather station did not detect any) Or is its only function to halt a scheduled watering time if the sensor is activated at the time the zone is supposed to water?
2: Rain sensor settings: My sensor allows me to set the threshold of rainfall for activation. Any suggestions on what setting I should use? I left it on the default. Also, this is just a suggestion to the Rachio people, but it would be neat if we could notify the software what our rain sensor threshold is so that the Iro could understand that our location got a minimum of that much water. (Iro would then use the larger of the official weather station measurement and our rain sensor as the official precipitation total)
3: I feel like the Iro might be watering more than my lawn needs. What is the best way to fine tune/test that? Slowly increase the allowed depletion setting until my lawn starts to brown and then dial it back? some other method?
4: It rained a bunch one day and I can’t tell if the flex schedules changed as a result. Is there a way to see what the impact is of local weather?
5: Water Use shows thousands of gallons used and zero gallons saved. What types of events would trigger gallons being “saved”
6: Is there anything else you wish you knew when you first started using the Iro?
Thanks in advance for any support or advice.