Phyn has announced a second-generation version of Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff, the company’s answer to smarter water, featuring a smaller form factor and a more affordable sub-$500 price point. As Phyn’s flagship product, the latest Phyn Plus includes an integrated water main auto-shutoff valve and retains all of the smarts debuted with the original Phyn Plus.
“The new iteration of the Phyn Plus is better in so many ways – smaller, lighter and more affordable, empowering more consumers to protect their homes against the devastation of water damage” said Ryan Kim, CEO of Phyn, in a press release. “We re-engineered the device to incorporate the top requested features from the Phyn community of users across homeowners and trade professionals making it more economical and easier to install.”
Smaller Size, Lower Cost
By shrinking the housing 25% and making the power supply smaller, Phyn says they are responding to plumbers and homeowners wanting to install the system but may have limited space. The second generation has an overall length under 12-in. including the dual 1-in. male threaded NPSM ends, allowing it to fit into tighter spaces. These fittings are compatible with the PEX plumbing so dominant in today’s modern homes, as well as conventional copper and PVC fittings. The unit can be installed horizontally or vertically.
In contrast to some competing products, the new Phyn Plus can be installed both indoors and outdoors, and is IP55 rated for dust and water resistance. Do keep in mind a power outlet needs to be nearby, and a GFCI is recommended.
Best of all, Phyn has dropped the suggested retail price to $499, $200 less than the original Phyn Plus.
In addition to the automated water shut-off valve, Phyn Plus integrates the company’s pressure wave monitoring technology, enabling measurement of minute changes in water pressure 240 times per second. This facilitates discerning the unique signature of each fixture on the water network, generating alerts and water-saving actions whenever changes in those signatures indicate a small leak or a broken pipe.
As you would expect, fine-grained water consumption metrics are collected, as well general plumbing system preventative health checks.
All of this works with the free Phyn app. Furthermore, Phyn Plus integrates nicely with the Phyn Smart Water Sensor system so water leaks can be detected anywhere in the home and actions taken appropriately (for example, when moisture is detected behind the refrigerator or near the HVAC system).
Also, a freeze warning feature alerts homeowners to the potential for busted pipes with the approach of severe winter weather. Of course, the auto-shutoff feature can switch off the main water supply in the event of such a catastrophe. You can also use the Phyn app to cut the water off remotely at any time.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.