Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters
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Rinnai Corp., a leading producer of tankless gas water heaters, has become the first tankless manufacturer to feature Amazon Alexa integrated into its products.
The innovation allows users to ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Rinnai to start circulation,” or say, “Alexa, tell Rinnai I want to take a shower,” and the Rinnai tankless water heater will spring into action, according to a release from Rinnai.
The enhanced Control-R 2.0 module with Amazon Alexa integration showcases an improved, more user-friendly interface – featuring more than 20 voice commands – that allows on-demand voice activation of the recirculation system.
The enhanced Control-R 2.0 mobile app has built-in timers and schedules that allow for multiple on-and-off periods throughout the day, with the schedule stored locally on the Control-R module. The app also allows users to remotely put the system into vacation mode when they are away, and a user can stop a scheduled recirculation event from starting.
Rinnai’s wireless module maintains all of its original features, quickly connects via a two-wire interface and can be used with a new Rinnai tankless water heater or installed on existing Rinnai models manufactured since 2006. Once connected, the module pairs with the free Rinnai mobile app.
Homeowners can continue to enable maintenance alerts and communications with a Rinnai independent dealer from the app. Additionally, users can control their tankless water heater from a smartphone or tablet to turn the system on and off, change the water temperature, monitor status and, on select models, activate the recirculation system.
The Control-R module communicates directly with dealers, serving as a remote diagnostics tool and pushes system codes and other service information automatically to dealers, enabling them to proactively contact customers and arrive at a customer’s location with proper equipment and parts.