What could be easier than a smart water filter you can control from a mobile app?
A few years ago, when the idea for smart water filtration was emerging, Ayla helped a major home water filtration company in China connect to customer smartphones using WeChat, the Chinese social network. And that was before consumer interest in smart water filtration really had begun to skyrocket.
'Astounding' Market Growth
According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global water purifier market was initially valued at around $67 billion in 2019. But TMR analysts expect the market to grow at an “astounding pace,” reaching approximately $128 billion by the end of 2027.
The reason for growing consumer interest in filtration?
Consumers clearly see the benefits of water-quality monitoring and water-consumption alerts as part of their smart-home “infrastructure,” TMR reported. But, the company cautioned, consumers prefer smart water filter systems that are small, simple, and use “technologies that offer the utmost ease of use.”
More than a Pretty Pitcher
But why do you need a smart, in-home water purifier? Doesn’t a plastic pitcher with a charcoal insert do the same thing?
No, according to the experts. Such low-tech tools certainly help improve the taste of tap water, but they may not remove all the harmful impurities. Only in-home systems that use reverse osmosis or other specialty filters can do that.
To help you ensure your home’s water is healthy enough for cleaning and bathing, and safe enough to drink and cook with, Ayla customer Culligan International offers the following helpful tips:
- Notice issues that may be caused by water impurities in your home. Some signs of problem water include corroded plumbing fixtures, unpleasant odor, disagreeable taste, discoloration, and even shortened appliance lifespan.
- Identify impurities in your water. Culligan and other water-treatment companies will dispatch a technician to test your water for impurities such as arsenic, lead, nitrates, or harmful chemicals.
- Treat appropriately. If your water quality can be – or needs to be – improved, a water-treatment professional can recommend water filtration systems specific to your needs.
Water Filtration's Hidden Benefits
Healthy, good-tasting water all the time is what all of us want, of course. But there are other benefits to smart water filtration systems that you may not know about. According to Texas-based service provider Team Enoch, whole-house water filtration systems allow you to:
- Save money on bottled water and keep plastic out of the waste stream—Consuming two or three plastic bottles of water per day can easily cost a household around $500 per year. And even if you’re conscientious about disposing of plastic bottles, there’s no guarantee that they will be properly recycled.
- Reduce plumbing problems—Minerals, heavy metals, and chemicals in your water can cause corrosion and damage to your pipes and water-using appliances. By eliminating these at the source you can extend the life of your pipes, hot-water heaters, and other home appliances.
- Prevent skin irritation—Individuals with sensitive skin, or who suffer from conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, may be further harmed by harsh chemicals, such as chlorine. A water filtration system removes these chemicals.
- Save on soap and improve cleaning—Water with a high concentration of minerals can diminish the effectiveness of soap. With a home water filtration system, clothes and dishes will be cleaner.
Water Filtration Systems to Consider
In addition to Culligan, Ayla customers A.O. Smith Corporation and EcoWater Systems LLC are key players in the global water purifier market, according to Transparency Market Research. Other manufacturers mentioned in the TMR report include GE Appliances, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic Corporation, Tata Chemicals Ltd., and Whirlpool Corporation.
Water Filtration Systems to Consider
As water purifiers get more intelligent, they will likely integrate with other smart-home systems that promote health and well-being. They will become more convenient, too. For example, they will automatically reorder new filters or alert us to needed maintenance through our Alexa speakers. And when smart water filter systems also include web-based or mobile app controls, we will be able to monitor our home’s water quality and make adjustments from anywhere in the world.
Manufacturers: The most dramatic advantage of smart water filtration systems is the ability to tap into the data generated by the appliances to save maintenance costs, iterate and improve your products, provide customers with better service, and create new revenue streams through add-on features and value-added services.
To find out how the Ayla IoT platform can make your water filtration system smart, contact us for a free consultation.