Taco Comfort Solutions' SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control® has been awarded recognition as 2017 AHR Expo Product of the Year. After winning the Innovation Award/plumbing category, the SmartPlug was selected from among the award's 10 categories as Product of the Year.
A hot water recirculating system can save homeowners a significant amount of water – up to 12,000 gallons per year. But continuously running circulators and improperly programmed timers can waste energy by operating the circulator and water heater at times when hot water isn't needed.
The patented SmartPlug upgrades a hot water recirculation system to a "smart” system. SmartPlug technology makes any corded circulator up to 94% more energy efficient by learning hot water usage patterns and delivering hot water when it's needed. This increases hot water comfort, reduces energy use and helps to extend the life of the water heater.
Installation is quick and easy. There's no programming or use of timers or aquastats. Installers simply plug the SmartPlug into a 110V outlet, then plug the circulator power cord into the SmartPlug.
Using a sensor that mounts to the hot water supply pipe, the SmartPlug learns the daily hot water usage pattern in a home or business and adjusts the circulator run time to deliver hot water when needed. When usage patterns change, the SmartPlug adjusts run time automatically.
The SmartPlug also includes a "pulse” mode option that continuously cycles the circulator on for five minutes, then off for 10 minutes, as well as a "vacation” mode that shuts the circulator off after 36 hours of no hot water use. While in vacation mode, the SmartPlug's exercise function cycles the pump for 10 seconds every seven days to prevent corrosion or scale build up.
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