Should you put your plumbing online?
Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer.
By now, there are connected products for nearly every room in your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money. Smart plumbing isn’t any different.
“There’s a steady stream of products that can smarten your water supply, but which ones are worth it?”
Smartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.
Thehas a $1200 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional.
Smart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.
You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply.
Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.
Among all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks.
They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a notification to your phone.