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Everything You Need to Know About Smart WiFi Retic Controllers and Economical Watering Systems



Water is a precious and limited resource. Although, we use it every day in our lives for vital activities such as washing, cleaning and hygiene many of us take it for granted.


Garden Irrigation makes up a large part of household water usage.

An example would be a lawn area measuring 10 x 10 Meters in size. If you were to irrigate the average required of 25mm per week, that equates to 2500 Litres of water !


How Can I Reduce The Amount Of Irrigation Water I Use ?


Limiting the amount of water you use to water your garden can help you to save not only the environment, but also time and money. Indeed, watering your lawn and plants less often but more thoroughly can even make your garden healthier, experts say. But just how exactly can you reduce the amount of water you use to grow your garden?


Although the Irrigation controllers themselves seems to be pretty even across the board in terms of functionality and button control, the software or Apps to control them have varying functionality. Some are more advanced than others. Rainbird seem to have a good balance of ease to use and functionality regarding weather control, and Hunter with Hydrawise app for more in depth control.e amount of water you use in your garden is to ensure watering occurs only when completely necessary. The best way to ensure watering occurs only when completely necessary is to install a smart Retic controller, connected to the WiFi in your home. A WiFi reticulation controller will allow you to tailor how much water your garden requires based on its unique needs, and all at the touch of a button. So, you can save the environment, as well as yourself time and money, at your convenience.


How Do Smart WiFi Retic Controllers Work ?

WiFi Reticulation controllers can be connected to a rain sensor or by weather monitoring Wifi. When the rain sensors detect rain, they automatically alert your reticulation controller which then pauses or stops watering your garden. This technology prevents you from over-watering your garden and limits the amount of water you use which in turn lowers your water bill.


A reticulation controller linked to Wifi monitors the local weather forecast and automatically adjusts the amount of water based on the predicted rainfall for the day. You simply connect your reticulation controller to the internet via the user WiFi interface app which conveniently links to the local weather forecast and saves you water by adjusting the water output for that day.


Indeed, with Wi-Fi technology, a reticulation controller will also allow you to take care of your garden no matter where you are in the world. Simply connect to the app via your mobile phone or tablet and you can monitor and control your water usage at the touch of a button. This provides you with peace of mind that your garden is being looked after and that you are conserving water, whether you are in the comfort of your own home, at work or relaxing on your sun lounger at the beach.

Moreover, you can also link your reticulation controller to Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, and command her to look after your garden for you. Simply say “Alexa, ask Rainbird to list my irrigation zones,” and Alexa will reply, “Ok, Zone 1 Front Lawn...” Or ask Alexa “to ask Rain Bird to water my front Lawn for ten minutes,” and she will also dutifully reply, “OK, I started Zone 1 Front Lawn for 10 minutes.”

What’s not to like ?


What Are The Advantages Of A Reticulation Controller?


Indeed, there are many advantages to installing a Retic controller in your home. Not only does a reticulation controller give you many advantages over manual watering in terms of saving you time and effort, a reticulation controller also allows you to prevent water wastage by automatically stopping you from over-watering your garden and ensuring you save money on your water bills.


Moreover, with a variety of programs and settings to choose from, a reticulation controller gives you complete control over your water consumption, as well as the ability to care for and nourish your garden and home, no matter where you are in the world. Indeed, with such intuitive and innovative functionality, a reticulation controller can help you to prevent water wastage and protect the environment today. You can even program your reticulation controller to have permanent days off so that it never waters when you have maintenance crews, events or guests visiting your property.


Which Is The Best WiFi Irrigation Controller ?


There are many controllers available with WiFi capability, some have the WiFi module built in, and some have the dongle that plugs into your existing controller.


We at Verlek have installed many different brands and used the various easy to use Apps that control the settings from your phone. Some of the most popular are Hunter, Rainbird and Orbit Irrigation controllers.


Although the Irrigation controllers themselves seems to be pretty even across the board in terms of dial control and buttons, the software or Apps to control them have varying functionality. Some are more advanced than others. Rainbird seem to have a good balance of ease to use and functionality regarding weather control, and Hunter with Hydrawise app for more in depth control and prediction.


My favourite WiFi Controller is the Hunter X2. The Hunter looks smart and has a wide

range of smart watering controls to suit your needs from basic weather monitoring and holding off the sprinklers after rain, to advanced weather prediction and evapotranspiration settings. I personally use this on my lawns and garden beds with great results.


The Hydrawise system looks at the forecast and past history to ensure that just the right amount of irrigation is applied. This is accomplished via advanced Predictive Watering™, which fine-tunes watering based on the weather data. This leads to significant water savings from your sprinkler system, saving you both time and money.


More info on the Hydrawise water saving app can be found here https://www.hydrawise.com


How Can I Install a WiFi Smart Reticulation Controller ?


Installing a WiFi reticulation controller is quick and easy and offers you important protection for both your garden and peace of mind, so that you can ensure your home is looked after and that you are doing your bit to protect the environment too.


Reticulation controllers are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations and can be installed by expert electricians. Indeed, if you are interested in installing a WiFi reticulation controller, or are still unsure if it is necessary for your particular circumstances, please contact us today to speak to an expert and discuss your requirements.


We offer over twenty-five years of experience and guarantee high quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. We also provide a twelve month guarantee and a free upfront detailed quote and call out. Speak to one of our advisors to book your free call out today.



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