We live in an era dominated by technology; from smartphones and tablets to superfast broadband, the way we live and work is quickly evolving around us.
Even our homes are not exempt from technological advances, with apps to control our TV, lights and heating now becoming common place. In fact, while they may look the same, today’s heating products work very differently to those produced 10 years ago.
Advances in boiler technology mean that most problems with a modern boiler can be quickly identified and fixed by an engineer, keeping downtime to a minimum.
In the future this could be even more efficient, with boilers helping to predict and diagnose faults, and order any parts required, before an engineer has even arrived on site.
The future of the heating industry lies in remotely controlling appliances, benefiting both the householder and the installer.
Remote diagnostics could let the installer look at the householder’s energy consumption, enabling them to analyse and feed back on how they could save money.
Simple tips like turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees or ensuring householders keep the thermostat at a constant temperature all day can help installers build greater relationships with their homeowners and be front of mind when the next project comes along.
As boiler controls become more sophisticated, it could mean that boilers run in a “safe mode” if there is a problem, making sure the householder has basic heating and hot water until an installer can arrive.
Controls are set to become more and more important over the next few years and we are continuing to see developments in the home automation industry. This signals a change in consumer behaviour – households can control the TV programmes they want to watch and control their heating from the sofa or even from the office.
We can expect this trend in more sophisticated electronics to continue as consumers demand more flexibility from their heating system.
For installers this doesn’t necessarily mean more complex installations, as manufacturers plan to keep everything as simple as possible.
Simon Osborne is head of product management at Baxi