Unless you have a tankless water heater that heats water on demand, you’re probably paying continuously to maintain hot water that you won’t need for hours. It’s through this energy use that water heaters account for such a large slice of the average household’s energy consumption pie.
A tankless system is one way to cut out the waste, but it can be a pricey upgrade -- the heater itself costs significantly more than a traditional water heater, and installation can often involve extensive plumbing and electrical work. Fortunately, smart technology is helping homeowners take a smarter approach to water heater energy efficiency without breaking the bank.
Control and Data at Your Command
Smart technology is changing the way homeowners interact with their water heaters in two key ways: it’s putting control at their fingertips, and it’s giving them more detailed information about how much hot water is being used and when it’s being used.
Most smart water heater systems can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet app. These apps can be used to manually alter water heater settings from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, and they usually allow for sophisticated water heater energy schedules.
But the real value of smart technology is in the collection and analysis of information about your own water habits. The best systems can track your hot water usage for a few days and propose personalized water heater schedules that allow you to save energy during those hours-long periods when no one is using hot water -- like when everyone is at work and school.
And since you can remotely control your water heater from anywhere with a smartphone, you can easily override your settings in the event your schedule unexpectedly changes.
The Right Tech for You
Incorporating smart technology into your water heater system doesn’t necessarily require a major investment. Retrofittable smart monitoring systems like Aquanta can be installed on most existing water heaters, and if you’re already in the market for water heater replacement, integrated systems like Rheem’s EcoNet water heaters include these smart features.
Having a plumbing professional inspect your water heater and plumbing network is a reliable way to identify your full range of options. If you’re considering an upgrade to a tankless system, this is a critical step to getting an accurate estimate.
To learn more about smart water heater technologies and other ways you can save energy in your hot water system, reach out to your local plumbing experts today.