Smart technology is taking over the North American home, appliance by appliance. First we had smart thermostats and smart lighting. Then came appliances like refrigerators and stoves. Finally, the Internet of Things has arrived in the bathroom, with smart fixture plumbing available in your toilet and bathtub. The next big addition to your smart bathroom? Smart faucets, which can help monitor your water consumption and save you money on your utility bills. Read on to learn more.
Higher IQ in Your Bathroom Fixture Plumbing
One smart faucet that is poised to hit the market is manufactured by a Philadelphia-based startup called Tern. Their product is a combination filter and meter, which allows you to get clean water from the sink while monitoring exactly how much you’re using, as well as providing information on the water quality itself.
“Most water filters run on a time-based module, not consumption-based, and don't provide real-time data,” Tern co-founder Mohamed Zerban said to the Philadelphia Daily News. “You'll be able to connect any smart device, such as a smartphone, to the faucet and our device will tell you how much water you're consuming, how good your filter is and quality of the water.”
Adjusting Your Habits and Saving Money
Armed with the knowledge of how and when you use water, you can adjust your habits to cut down on your consumption -- the device could remind you to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, for example, or give you an early warning when you have a plumbing leak. That means you conserve water in your bathroom and save money on your bills at the same time. The best part is, you don’t need to install a new faucet with the Tern device. Instead, it attaches to your existing fixture plumbing, working with whatever faucet you already have in place.
The group already acquired seed money for their design and plans on launching a Kickstarter page this spring for another round of fundraising before they bring the product to market. Someday soon, you could have access to everything you need to know about your household water consumption, right on your phone. Household plumbing has never seemed so smart.
Expert Assistance for All Your Plumbing Work
Smart faucets and other bathroom appliances are relatively new technology, so you may need a hand figuring out how to get the most from them. If you need new faucets installed or any other work on your fixture plumbing, get in touch with a qualified plumbing professional today.