With summer just around the corner, it’ll soon be time for beach days, outdoor barbecues and sprinkler fun in the sun. Sprinkler systems are used, and capable of, a whole lot more nowadays though than just as a way to cool off. (Though your children’s opinions may differ!)
Smart sprinkler systems are quickly changing up the irrigation system game and Rachio is here with us to talk about it.
Q: Does Rachio work with, and communicate with, other Smart products? If so, which ones?
A: Absolutely! You can find our list of integrations here, but we love integrating with other services, and we are always adding new ones. We have great integrations with Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Control4, and Crestron.
Q: Do users have to constantly set their Rachio or is it also capable of managing itself?
A: The Rachio Iro is definitely capable of being a ‘set it and forget it’ device. After installation, Rachio Iro watches the weather, the seasons, past watering history, and automatically optimizes future water schedules. Homeowners can change or tweak schedules as they like, but it is not necessary at all.
Q: One very future-forward feature of Rachio that we find very exciting is the virtual rain sensor. Can you tell us a little bit about how that feature works?
A: The virtual rain sensor is how we refer to Rachio Iro’s general weather intelligence. It’s the collection of all the weather related data that we track to best manage when to water.
Q: Right now issues like California’s water shortage are very prominent in people’s minds. How can a Rachio irrigation system help to conserve water?
A: At a basic level, Rachio Iro solves the basic issue that sprinklers should not be running when it’s raining. But it does so much more than that. By following how much rain has fallen, Rachio Iro optimizes an irrigation schedule for each individual landscape for maximum water efficiency. Rachio Iro can save homeowners up to 30% of their water usage.
Q: Lastly, are Rachio systems compatible with properties of any/every size?
A: Yes, we have two versions of Rachio Iro for different property sizes. It’s based on how many irrigation zones a system has.