Controlling and maintaining the home’s water heater just got infinitely easier, more convenient and smarter with the launch of the Aquanta Water Heater Controller, a first-of-its-kind system that enables remote and convenient control of a water heater via a smartphone or web-enabled device. As the Nest thermostat does for HVAC systems, Aquanta gives users a much more efficient, versatile way to use (or turn off and NOT use) their water heater, the 2nd largest consumer of home energy, while also saving money on their household energy bills.
“Until now, water heaters, despite their ubiquity and role as hub of the home’s plumbing network, have largely been stuck in the basement and excluded from the smart home trend. Aquanta is about to change all of that,” says Matt Carlson, CEO of Aquanta Inc.
From the smartphone app, a user can monitor and change the settings of the water heater, schedule on and off times, and receive maintenance alerts, including leak detection. These features are all very convenient, but what makes Aquanta truly smart it is its ability to learn a household’s hot water usage behavior.
Here’s how it works: The Aquanta controller installs onto a home’s existing water heater. Its enabling technology is its proprietary “Enthalpy Sensor,” which can accurately measure both energy going into a water heater as well the energy being used. Aquanta software uses this sensor data to “learn” and control the water heating according to a homeowner’s usage patterns.
Aquanta is designed for either easy professional installation or for self-installation by DIYers with basic plumbing skills. The device is compatible with nearly all electric water heaters and gas models that have electronic ignition controls (see Aquanta website for more details).
Aquanta is available for pre-purchase for $149 on its website. The first 1,000 pre-purchase customers will receive a free leak detection sensor ($25 value). Aquanta is projected to ship beginning in late July 2016.