It seems that smart home technology is finding its way into just about every device in your home. Your plumbing system is no different. Understanding just how smart home technology will affect plumbing systems is an important step to be able to utilize these new devices effectively. Here are a few ways that this technology will affect and is already affecting home plumbing.
A leaking pipe can release dozens or even hundreds of gallons of water into the area where the pipe is located. This can cause major damage to your home that is quite costly to fix. Fortunately, leak detectors can alert you to the presence of a leaking pipe pretty much as soon as the leak begins. This information can then be sent to your smart device so you can understand how serious the leak is and receive assistance from plumber services as soon as possible. This helps prevent a leak from transforming from a minor nuisance into a major disaster.
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Your home’s hot water heater is one of the few appliances which is always running, as it needs to work constantly to maintain the proper water temperature. When you’re away for a long period of time, if you forget to turn the temperature down, your hot water heater will continue to maintain the higher temperature, even though the water is not being used. However, if your home is equipped with a smart water heater, you will be able to access the temperature controls from wherever you are, allowing you to adjust the temperature even if you forgot when you left your home.
Home irrigation systems can be a great way to keep your lawn looking beautiful all season long. However, there are many times when the weather changes in an instant, resulting in double watering of your lawn. With a smart irrigation system, however, the main control system can connect to your local weather forecast to track changing conditions. This ensures that the system is only used when it’s absolutely needed, resulting in major water savings.
Whole-home filtration systems are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Ensuring you always have consistently clean water to drink will help you and your family avoid illness and enjoy better health. If you utilize a smart filtration system, you can automatically track water quality, necessary filter changes, and even change the water taste by adding different minerals. This ensures that you always have the perfect water for your active lifestyle.
Still Room for You
As plumbing systems become smarter, there’s still an important place for you, the homeowner, in the midst of the system. It’s important to be aware of the ways in which you regularly utilize water in your home to identify areas you may need to cut back or where a smart device could assist you in conserving water. By understanding the basics of your home’s plumbing, you will be able to utilize any smart devices that you add even more effectively.
By Dixie Somers