Water Heater Advancements

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in water heater technology

It is popular opinion, and the U.S. Department of Energy informs us this also, that heating water uses about 18 percent of the normal home’s annual energy consumption. The only other house appliance that utilizes more is the HVAC system. With the usual storage tank hot water heater that many home owners utilize, it is maintaining 40 to 50 gallons of water hot all day regardless of when it is being made use of. Generally with this scenario, 20 to 50 percent of the energy being made use of is totally squandered. Just what are some choices to help suppress this energy loss? The company Aquanta, use to be called Sunnovations has actually been developing a feasible remedy for several years now.Aquanta Water Heater Controller

Sunnovations had a crowd-funding project in 2014 that did not reach its complete funding yet that is fine with them for they were able to garner lots of interest from distribution companies that has actually proved fruitful with a second go around currently. Aquanta is presently taking pre-orders on a brand-new smart water-heater controller, which they hope will certainly be delivering in July of this year.

Aquanta’s CEO Matthew Carlson says that the firm’s new modern technology has actually been field tested for a year now. It is unusual that other firms have actually not begun developing a similar tool, specifically with the preliminary crowd-funding project … despite it not succeeding for them initially. Given that hot water heater normally have a life of 8 to 12 years, it is not rational to replace it when it is operating well, but merely does not have all the modern technology that a new hot water heater may come with. Numerous new water heater models are making use of smart modern technology functions, however there is nothing that will function with any model of present hot water heater to “make it smart.” Sears just recently put out a hot water heater controller that will work on some of its models, yet not all them and not with different companies water heaters.

The only various other device that is only a little similar is a hot water heater timer. But it functions like a timer, turning the heater (and just electric hot water heater) on and off at specific times of the day; and not through smart technology.

Among the features of the Aquanta technology is that it will “learn” exactly what the water use patterns are in the house. Many people have the tendency to shower, use the dish washer and other hot water using appliances around the same time of day. The device will work to change the hot water heater’s temperature to meet the need throughout peak times, and reduce the energy use throughout non-peak times.

The Aquanta will be located on top of a water heater. A probe is set up behind the T&P valve port and after that the probe is attached to the controller. A 2nd sensor is taped to the cold water supply. An optional 3rd probe is made to identify if there is a water leak from the water heater also.

Finally, the controller is connected to a Wi-Fi network and home owners will install the smartphone app on a phone. The controller connects to Aquanta’s cloud-based web server and starts its task of finding out the house’s hot water usage patterns. It is additionally possible to manually enter in the water usage pattern also. So, it could manually and automatically manage the heater’s energy use.

It is developed so a handy home owner can carry out the installment him or her self. If a homeowner doesn’t feel able to do the job, a plumbing professional could definitely assist the firm specifies. Aquanta estimates it taking about 40 minutes for a home owner to finish the install.

The unit will work for most water heaters, despite the fuel kind. It relies on the source of power if it will work or not. There needs to be an electronic ignition system, which most all newer water heaters will have. Old gas heaters may not though. Absolutely look into the compatibility details on the business’s website right here first.

Specifically just how much power, and translated into money, can a house owner conserve with the device? Right here is what Aquanta claims 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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