The last frontier for many smart homeowners is water management. Things start innocent enough with a few smart light bulbs, a dimmer or two and a motion sensor. Before you know it, you have automated window coverings, installed a video door, a security system, and an entire-home audio system with an integrated smart assistant to control all of this. With captivating visible homes, all we have left is smart meters to measure your increased energy consumption and, of course, water, one of our most valuable resources. That's where the new Phyn Smart Water Assistant comes in – a standalone water meter that Belkin says can help homeowners conserve water, avoid problems and save money in the process.
Phyn works by attaching a Wi-Fi-based Smart Water Assistant to hot and cold water lines under your sink, where he measures "microscopic changes in high-resolution water pressure", defined by the company as 240 samples per second. Over time, he claims to have learned the unique "voice" of every device in the home.
Here, let Phyn explain it:
The $ 299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant does just about everything a $ 850 Phyn Plus system does without requiring professional installation by a plumber. The only thing it can't do is automatically turn off the water if a problem is detected. Instead, it will send alerts to your phone if it detects a leak or potential frost condition anywhere in your home, while providing detailed information about your consumption habits for each device used, the company said.
Leaks that can be found in the water supply system include pipe breaks, leakage of toilet caps and leaks in clothes hoses and dishwashers. The company claims that the meter is smart enough to detect "drilling" and "small leakage leaks" through the "Plumbing Check" feature. Phyn will also warn you if your bath water has been running longer than normal, for example, to prevent an overflow situation.
Such a meter can help you conserve water while preventing costly repairs as a result of water damage or pipe rupture. This is the terrain anyway, if you need help justifying the price.
Phyn Smart Assistant $ 299 works with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit and IFTTT and will be available for purchase in the US in late September.