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How Smart Watering Works

April 16, 2019

Smart Home is all the rage—and most products are built for inside the home. Here at Orbit we believe that living shouldn’t be confined to the four walls of your home. That’s why we launched our innovative award-winning B-hyve controllers bringing smart watering to our customers. So what is smart watering? Well, think of this: wouldn’t it be awesome if your sprinkler timer could track your local weather forecast and automatically shut-off the sprinklers when it rained? What if your sprinkler timer could also look back at how much water your plants received from the rain, and automatically water the exact amount of water that your plants need? That is what B-hyve makes possible through smart watering—which is an automated watering schedule that takes into account environmental factors to ensure your plants get the optimal amount of water they need. You are probably thinking, “That sounds fantastic, but how does smart watering actually work?” We’re glad you asked. The B-hyve smart watering algorithm uses three main types of data to calculate the optimal amount of water for each of your zones: 1. Rainfall and Irrigation Data 2. Soil and Slope Data 3. Plant Data

1. Rainfall and Irrigation Data
B-hyve uses WeatherSense™ technology that receives local weather data. When you install B-hyve, you can choose which weather station you would like to connect to, allowing you to choose one that is perfect for your location. B-hyve defaults to sending you a rain delay if there is a 30% chance of rain; however, you can adjust the rain delay sensitivity within the app. The ability for B-hyve to track the weather forecast enables you to save water by using rainwater before irrigating. B-hyve then looks back at how much actual precipitation your yard received and adjusts accordingly.

2. Soil & Slope Data:
B-hyve also takes into account the type of soil in your yard because each soil type absorbs water differently. The three main types of soil are Sand, Clay, and Loam and then there are mixtures of these soil types such as Clay Loam. Sandy soil absorbs water very quickly and homeowners have to water frequently, and for longer durations. Clay soil absorbs water very slowly and homeowners typically have to water less frequently for shorter durations. Loam is the ideal soil type and absorbs water somewhere in-between Sand and Clay. B-hyve also asks you to estimate the percentage of incline your zones may have. Slope also factors in how much water your soil can hold before run-off occurs. The sharper the slope the more frequently you need to water in shorter time durations. If you’re not sure what type of soil you have then you can learn more here: https://help.orbitbhyve.com/soil-types/

3. Plant Data:
B-hyve also utilizes the evapotranspiration data (ET) to determine how much water your plants need. ET data is a measurement of how much water the plant uses or loses to the atmosphere. B-hyve lets you input what types of plants you use whether they are annual flowers, trees, or desert plants. This helps the smart watering algorithm calculate the root zone depth and how much water those plants use. If you are not sure which type of plants you have, you can learn more here:https://help.orbitbhyve.com/plant-types/ Other environmental factors that B-hyve uses are humidity, wind speed, and temperature. The dryer, windier, and hotter it is the more water your plants will need. The B-hyve app also asks for the amount of shade versus the amount of sun to help determine if that area will need more or less water.

With B-hyve smart watering you will never water in the rain again, and will have that lush guilt-free green yard you have always dreamed about while saving water, time, and money.
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