Taco’s SmartPlug among award finalists
December 14, 2017
Taco Comfort Solutions’ SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control has been selected as a finalist in the Best Home Technology Product category for the 2018 International Builders’ Show (IBS) Best of IBS awards. There are nine categories for the show awards.
According to IBS, the awards program received 324 entries this year. Ultimately, one product will be chosen as best-in-show.
A hot water recirculating system can save homeowners water each year. However, continuously running circulators or having improperly programmed timers can waste energy.
SmartPlug is designed to upgrade a hot water recirculation system, reportedly making any corded circulator up to 94 per cent more energy efficient by learning hot water usage patterns and delivering it only when it’s needed. This results in increased hot water comfort, reduced energy use and an extension of the hot water heater’s lifespan.
The SmartPlug also features a ‘pulse’ mode option (continuously cycling the circulator on for five minutes, then off for 10 minutes) as well as a ‘vacation’ mode (shutting 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.