It is well know, and the U.S. Department of Energy tells us this also, that heating water uses about 18 % of the normal house’s yearly power consumption. The only other home device that utilizes more is the heating and cooling system. With the typical storage tank hot water heater that most house owners use, it is maintaining 40 to 50 gallons of water warm all day regardless of when it is being made use of. Usually with this scenario, 20 to 50 % of the power being utilized is entirely wasted. What are some options to aid suppress this energy loss? The company Aquanta, use to be named Sunnovations has actually been developing a sensible option for numerous years now.
Sunnovations had a crowd-funding campaign in 2014 that did not make its full funding yet that is fine with them for they had the ability to garner lots of interest from distribution partners that has actually become fruitful with a 2nd attempt now. Aquanta is presently taking pre-orders on a new smart water-heater controller, which they hope will certainly be delivering in July this year.
Aquanta’s CEO Matthew Carlson says that the company’s brand-new modern technology has actually been field tested for a year now. It is shocking that other companies have not started working on a comparable device, particularly with the first crowd-funding campaign … even with it not succeeding for them originally. Because water heaters typically have a life of 8 to 12 years, it is not rational to replace it when it is running well, but simply doesn’t have all the contemporary technology that a brand-new water heater may feature. Numerous new water heater models are using smart modern technology features, but there is nothing that will work with any kind of model of present water heater to “make it smart.” Sears just recently launched a water heater controller that will work on a few of its designs, however not all of them and not on different companies hot water heaters.
The only various other gadget that is only a little similar is a hot water heater timer. Though it works like a timer, turning the heater (and just electric water heaters) on and off at certain times of the day; and not using smart technology.
Among the features of the Aquanta technology is it will “learn” what the water usage patterns are inside the home. Lots of people have the tendency to shower, operate the dish washer and various other hot water using home appliances around the same time of day. The gadget will work to adjust the water heater’s temperature level to satisfy the demand throughout peak times, and decrease the power use during non-peak times.
The Aquanta is positioned on top of a water heater. A probe is mounted behind the T&P valve port and after that the probe is attached to the controller. A second sensor is taped to the cold water supply. An optional 3rd probe is designed to discover if there is a water leak from the water heater as well.
Finally, the controller has to be attached to a Wi-Fi network and homeowners will download the smartphone app on a phone. The controller connects to Aquanta’s cloud-based web server and begins its job of learning the house’s warm water usage patterns. It is also feasible to manually enter in the water use pattern too. So, it can manually and automatically regulate the heater’s energy usage.
It is created so a handy property owner can perform the setup him or her self. If a home owner does not feel able to do the job, a plumbing professional can definitely aid the business mentions. Aquanta approximates it taking about 40 minutes for a homeowner to finish the install.
The unit will connect with most hot water heater, despite the fuel kind. It depends upon the power source if it will work or not. There has to be an electronic ignition system, which most all newer water heaters will have. Old gas heaters might not though. Most definitely take a look at the compatibility info on the business’s website here first.
Precisely how much power, and then translated into money, can a home owner conserve with the unit? Here is just what Aquanta says on their site: “our data suggest that at least 20% and up to 50% of that energy in a typical home is wasted through ‘standby loss’. We are being careful to not overpromise, and have 3rd party testing underway to more specifically quantify the saving opportunity. However, our internal studies and modeling suggest that between 10-30% of water heating energy can be saved by intelligent control through Aquanta. The economic value of intelligent control of water heaters is much higher when factoring in peak or time-of-use pricing and utility peak demand reduction and similar incentives.” (read more here)
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