What Are Anemometers?

An anemometer is a wind and ground pressure measurement instrument that is useful to meteorologists searching for weather patterns. An anemometer measures the number of rotations to determine wind speed, the quicker the rod is turning, the faster the wind is blowing.

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Types of Anemometer Sensors


The cup anemometer, with several spinning cups mounted onto a pole, is the simplest type of anemometer. The three-cup anemometers are the most used. When the wind is stronger, the cup spins faster, and the anemometer transmits the airflow rate and is seen as a digital readout. Cup anemometers are often used by qualified weather stations and research institutions, and are often part of higher precision weather instruments. Anemometers come in various forms: some are designed to be mounted on the exterior of buildings; others function well on top of a car, or for portable handheld use.


A vane anemometer is another type of anemometer, and is sometimes referred to as windmills. Vane anemometers are like cup anemometers, except they use an array of turbine blades instead of rotating cups. The direction in which the wind blows must face the vane anemometer. Often, they use a wind vane across from the propeller to turn towards the sea.

A vane anemometer is used on residential and utility air grills to measure the velocity and volumetric flow levels, possibly in conjunction with a measuring rod, because the flow is not linear. The velocity of the rotating vane of the anemometer is converted into electric power, which is then read as air velocity. Like cup anemometers, to digitally measure and display wind speed, vane anemometers automatically count the number of revolutions per second. They work well in mines for measuring the rate of methane release.

Hot Wire

The Hot Wire Anemometer is an instrument used to determine the speed and direction of fluid. This is accomplished by measuring the heat loss of the wire, which is positioned in the fluid stream. The cable is heated by electric current. When placed in the stream, the heat is transferred from the wire to the fluid and reducing the wire temperature. Wire resistance tests the fluid flow rate. Airflow can be reliably measured at low velocities (e.g., below 2000 ft/min). Some models are designed to measure speeds as high as 15,000 ft/min but are still capable of calculating precisely down to much lower level. Hotwire anemometers are used to measure wind speed and pressure. The tool is a long tube, ending with a hot wire or hot bead. The airflow is estimated from ducts in the house. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning businesses may use this sort of anemometer. Hot Wire Anemometers are mostly used as testing methods in fluid mechanics.

Considerations to make when selecting an anemometer

Every type of wind speed monitor works differently and maybe better designed for certain uses than others. For instance, if you are looking for a portable handheld wind velocity sensor, you may want to consider a vane anemometer or a hot wire anemometer. A cup anemometer is maybe a little too bulky to carry.

Some anemometers are easily transportable everywhere you go. Others come in as part of wireless weather stations that you can install in your backyard and read from an indoor show. Additionally, some handheld anemometers are easy to use, lightweight, and others have long mounting cables. Some anemometers are ideal for installing or repairing HVAC uses. In contrast, others, such as hot-wire air velocity meters, are ideal for measuring the flow of air from a draughty door or window that can enter through an opening.


There are several different types of anemometer available, but not all will fit your needs.  You need to select the type of anemometer to match your needs and conditions. Can it respond to elevated or low temperatures? How long does the system warranty last? How trustworthy is that brand?


Accuracy is particularly crucial for this device; you will need to read the reviews before making your decision. Nothing is more important to an anemometer than accuracy, so it is easier to double test. Details about working standards are convenient to know before purchase.


When you buy, you must first decide which device will be the most appropriate for you. Handheld anemometers can be quickly taken everywhere and give you the score instantly. Depending on the features and comfort, the cost can vary, so take price into account according to your needs. Choose the device that best fits your budget and with excellent quality. Finding an anemometer that fits your needs may be difficult, but GAOTek Inc. offers anemometers for any budget.

How to use an anemometer

Setting up a digital anemometer

  1. Read the instructions given in the instruction manual that should come with your anemometer. The instructions will provide you with guidance on how to configure and read your anemometer.
  2. Connect your given batteries. The anemometer comes with a battery, and you will need to place the battery in the back of the unit. Remove the rear battery compartment and place the battery inside.
  3. Turn on the device. The computer will most likely have a power button facing the front. Once the batteries are mounted, you can turn the unit on and start tracking the wind speed.
  4. Choose your desired measurement units. Most of the anemometers would have different options of measurement. The wind speed can be determined, for example, in km/hour, mid/hour, ft/second, ft/minute, and knots. To browse through the different measurement choices, press the Unit button and select the one you want to use.

Reading a digital anemometer

  1. Hold the device in the air. Once you have selected the measurement tool, you can calculate the wind speed. For better results, make sure the machine faces the wind direction.
  2. Look for an open space to get an accurate reading.
  3. Know the wind speed spectrum. The wind speed will show up on the display screen when determined by the computer. It will continue to change as you check the airflow outside the panel as the wind speeds up and slows down through wind gusts. The device shows the actual wind speed recorded.

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