Successfully funded from a crowdsourcing project, the Heatworks Model 1 claims to be the worlds first digital WiFi controllable water heater.
The patented Direct Electrical Resistance (DER) heating process uses graphite electrodes to heat the water and as well as creating instant heat it also gets by the problem of ‘furring’ of a regular heating element. The solid state components mean long life, no maintenance and no need for a flow switch. The voltage sensing power supply (100-277 VAC) along with a user selectable current setting from 15 to 48 amps means one SKU can serve many roles. The built-in WiFi allows users to remotely measure and control power and temperature and brings “smart grid” connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Heatworks claim savings of up to 40% on energy and if you are in the sort of home that has to run the water for a while before the hot stuff starts then a 10% saving on water usage is in the offing too. The heater can also be used in a kind of extender mode to top up the heat coming out of an existing systems tank for example or to give instant hot water while you wait for your stored water to reach your tap.
We asked Heatworks if the system would also be available in the UK and they told us…
Yes, the MODEL 1 will be available in the UK. Currently you can preorder the M1 from our site myheatworks.com for $395 per unit. Orders will begin shipping out in June.