If you’ve learn any of our protection of leak detectors and sensible water valves, you understand that water is a much more frequent risk to the integrity of your private home than hearth, earthquake, or simply about some other calamity. Deploy Phyn Smart Water Sensors underneath your sinks, close to your washer, subsequent to your water heater, and different locations the place water may present up the place it shouldn’t be, and also you’ll get a direct warning if it does.
If you even have a Phyn Plus sensible water valve, you’ll be able to configure the sensor to close off your primary water provide to forestall a minor leak from turning right into a disaster. It’s solely truthful to level out, nevertheless, that the Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector can do the identical factor, together with the automated shut-off bit in case you have a Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff, and people merchandise got here to market first.
The Phyn Smart Water Sensor is a puck-shaped machine 3.5 inches in diameter and about 1-inch excessive that measures ambient temperature and humidity ranges along with checking for the presence of water in locations it shouldn’t be. You can program it to warn you when humidity drops beneath an outlined threshold (overly dry air could cause bloody noses, scratchy throats, and different illnesses) or rises above an outlined ceiling ( early warning to examine for damp flooring or partitions, in addition to the presence of mould). You also can arrange an alert when temperatures across the sensor drop beneath an outlined degree, corresponding to a couple of levels above freezing, so you’ll be able to take motion to forestall your water pipes from freezing.
This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best water leak detectors, the place you’ll discover evaluations of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must think about when searching for such a product.
The sensor operates on a pair of AA batteries that the corporate says ought to final two years whereas sending each day temperature and humidity degree updates to the app. Opting for these situation updates thrice a day reduces the estimated battery life to lower than a yr. The presence of water will, in fact, generate a direct message any time its detected.
Limited to 2.4GHz networks
The sensor wants to connect with your Wi-Fi community to satisfy its mission, and as is all too frequent with sensible residence gadgets, it’s restricted to working on a 2.4GHz community. If you might have a dual-band router that assigns the identical SSID to each its 2.4- and 5GHz networks, you’ll probably run into issues whereas establishing this machine.
Because I’ve so many sensible residence gadgets with the identical limitation, I’ve lengthy since given up making an attempt to function each wi-fi networks with the identical SSID. While meaning I’m giving up my mesh router’s capacity to robotically assign dual-band shopper gadgets to whichever community presents the strongest sign at that machine’s present location, it’s simply not definitely worth the problem of getting some devices periodically drop off the community fully.
While it’s nice that the Phyn doesn’t rely on a hub or something apart from your router to function, and there are not any subscription charges to take care of, it might be fantastic if it additionally related to a cloud service corresponding to IFTTT, in order that hardcore sensible residence homeowners can to put in writing guidelines that might set off different gadgets or actions.
How it really works
Three sensor probes emerge from the underside of the machine. When any of those contact water, an LED on the Phyn’s face flashes purple and an onboard speaker sounds a persistent, however not-very-loud alarm (it’s only a gentle beep, actually, however you’ll hear it in the event you’re in the identical room).
You’re a lot much less prone to miss the push notification to the Phyn app and the non-obligatory textual content message the system will ship to your smartphone. If you additionally personal a Phyn Plus sensible water valve, you’ll have the choice of turning off your primary water provide as quickly as you open the Phyn app.
Phyn additionally sells accent cables that stretch the sensor’s attain, permitting you to watch places the place the first sensor received’t match, corresponding to underneath a washer. A keyhole on the again of the first sensor enables you to dangle that half on the wall and run the cable the place you want it, though the first sensor will stay able to detecting water when both cable is plugged into it.
The Phyn Water Sensor Extension Node (a 48-inch cable with a 1-inch-in-diameter probe on the finish) sells for $10, whereas the Phyn Water Sensor Cable goes for $25.99. The whole 48-inch size of the latter cable will detect the presence of water, identical to the 2 probes, and a feminine coupling at one finish enables you to join it to the extension node to double its attain. Alternatively, you’ll be able to daisy-chain as much as three sensor cables to get 12 toes of attain in complete, ought to you really want it. That would price you upwards of $75, so it’s price stating which you can purchase a two-pack of the primary sensors for about the identical quantity, or a three-pack for $100.
You can deploy a most of 9 Phyn Smart Leak Sensors in your house, assigning a novel title to every. I had deliberate to put in this evaluation unit underneath my grasp lavatory sink, however I in the end modified tack and dropped the extension node within the catch basin of my water heater, hanging the first sensor on the wall. This is how I examined the competing Flo by Moen product, however as you’ll see within the screenshots, I forgot to vary the sensor’s title. Oh nicely. The excellent news is that Phyn’s sensor reacted practically instantaneously after I dribbled just some drops water into the pan the place the sensor was resting.
The Phyn Smart Leak Sensor is straightforward to put in and could be very efficient at warning you of water leaks, excessive humidity ranges, and low temperatures that pose the chance of freezing your pipes. It’s similar to the Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector, which works together with its personal sensible water shutoff valve, however I give Phyn a slight edge for 2 causes: Moen’s machine has vents on high that may enable water ingress, and it depends on a CR123A lithium battery the place the Phyn makes use of bizarre AAs. But on the finish of the day, each of those merchandise are significantly higher than the rest available on the market at present.