A spokesperson for a manufacturer of heating and hot water technologies has voiced his concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry.
Noting the lack of legal guarantees offered by those controls not recognised by manufacturers, Worcester, Bosch Group director of marketing and technical support Martyn Bridges has advised that opting for one of these could leave homeowners with a number of problems in the long term.
Mr Bridges comments: “Installers may be a little confused at the moment with many “copycat” controls being introduced to the market as an alternative to genuine plug-in controllers made by the manufacturers of combi boilers. As such, there are several considerations for heating engineers to make when deciding whether these controls are worth what is often a lower price tag.”
He said installers should check that these controls fully comply with the requirements of the CE mark and EMC Directive and also read the small print on the boiler warranty.
The introduction of the new Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive brings with it energy-labelling requirements for heating and hot water appliances.
By rewarding the most efficient systems with a higher rating, Mr Bridges also argues this should come into the thoughts of installers when they come to recommend and install heating controls.