New Water Heater Technology

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in water heater technology

It is well know, and the U.S. Department of Energy tells us this also, that heating water makes up for around 18 % of the normal home’s annual energy usage. The only other house device that makes use of more is the heating and cooling system. With the usual tank water heater that many home owners make use of, it is maintaining 40 to 50 gallons of water hot all day no matter when it is being used. On average with this circumstance, 20 to 50 percent of the power being made use of is totally squandered. Just what are some choices to assist curb this energy loss? The firm Aquanta, use to be named Sunnovations has been inventing a viable solution for numerous years already.Aquanta Water Heater Controller

Sunnovations had a crowd-funding project in 2014 that did not reach its complete funding yet that is all right with the company for they were able to gather bunches of interest from distribution partners that has become productive with a second attempt now. Aquanta is presently taking pre-orders on a new smart water-heater controller, which they believe will be delivering in July this year.

Aquanta’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Carlson states that the business’s brand-new modern technology has actually been field tested for over a year now. It is unusual that other businesses have actually not started developing a similar device, particularly with the first crowd-funding campaign … despite having it not being successful for them originally. Because hot water heater normally have a life of 8 to 12 years, it is not sensible to replace it when it is running okay, yet simply does not have all the contemporary technology that a new water heater might have. Many brand-new hot water heater designs are using smart modern technology functions, however there is nothing that will work with any model of current water heater to “make it smart.” Sears recently released a hot water heater controller that does work on a few of its models, however not all them and not with other companies hot water heaters.

The only various other gadget that is only a little comparable is a hot water heater timer. Though it works like a timer, turning the heater (and just electrical water heaters) on and off at specific times of the day; and not by means of smart technology.

One of the features of the Aquanta technology is that it will “learn” exactly what the water use patterns are within the house. Most people tend to shower, use the dish washer and various other hot water using appliances around the same time of day. The device will work to adjust the hot water heater’s temperature to satisfy the need throughout peak times, and reduce the power usage during non-peak times.

The Aquanta will be situated in addition to a water heater. A probe is installed behind the T&P valve port and then the probe is attached to the controller. A second sensing unit is taped to the cold water supply. An optional 3rd probe is developed to find if there is a water leak from the water heater as well.

Last but not least, the controller is attached to a Wi-Fi network and homeowners will install the smartphone app on a phone. The controller connects to Aquanta’s cloud-based server and begins its task of finding out the residence’s hot water usage patterns. It is additionally feasible to manually enter in the water usage pattern as well. So, it can manually and automatically manage the heater’s power use.

It is developed so DIY house owner can carry out the installment him or her self. If a resident doesn’t feel able to do the job, a plumbing specialist could definitely aid the firm states. Aquanta estimates it taking about 40 minutes for a house owner to finish the set up.

The device will work for many hot water heater, despite the energy kind. It depends on the source of power if it will work or not. There has to be an electronic ignition system, which most all more recent water heaters will certainly have. Old gas heaters might not though. Most definitely have a look at the compatibility details on the business’s website right here to see.

Specifically just how much energy, and then translated into money, can a home owner conserve with the unit? Below is what Aquanta states 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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