Are smart heating controls taking the industry by storm?

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With the popularity of smart home technologies having grown of late, Martyn Bridges, Director of Marketing & Technical Support at Worcester, Bosch Group, explains how smart heating controls have started to take the industry by storm:
The market for smart heating controls has grown substantially over the last 12 – 18 months. Homeowners have undoubtedly become galvanized by the concept of the ‘smart home’, and as smartphones have grown in popularity, the prospect of controlling heating and hot water from the palm of our hands, regardless of location, has also generated huge levels of interest. To compound matters further, car manufacturers have begun to integrate all manner of apps within their in-car display systems, which has widened the appeal of remote-controlled home technologies even further.
Internet connectivity
Worcester WaveThe internet connectivity demonstrated by the latest controls such as the Worcester Wave is a great function for any homeowner, but is also particularly suitable for those who own properties used as holiday lets or second homes. By controlling their energy usage and adjusting settings from afar, homeowners can react to periods of occupancy or adverse weather.
Arguably the most crucial feature from an installer’s perspective however is a smart thermostat’s ability to adjust heating automatically depending on both the temperature inside, and outside, the property. Installers looking to bring intelligent heating control to a customer’s property would be well-advised to turn to a smart thermostat boasting both load and weather compensation to maximise heating efficiency.
Smart heating controlsWhile load compensation capability takes into account the current room temperature, weather compensation boosts efficiency even further by considering the outside temperature. Both of these combine to allow heating to be adjusted automatically; only firing the boiler at the necessary level for more efficient use of fuel.
As far as legislation is concerned, there are huge benefits to be had through the installation of a smart thermostat. In the forthcoming ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive coming out of Europe, smart controls with a weather compensation ability are recognised as improving the system efficiency by at least 4 per cent, resulting in lower fuel bills.
Undeniably, smart controls give homeowners the opportunity to take a closer look at their energy usage on an ongoing basis. The result of this is better management of energy use and consequently an increased chance of reduced heating bills.
Worcester Wave 
Smart heating controlsWorcester has added a new programmable smart heating control – the Wave Smart Thermostat – to its extensive product portfolio, offering installers the chance to integrate sophisticated heating and hot water controllability into heating systems nationwide.
Click here to watch how the Worcester Wave can reduce heating bills
Compatible with a wide range of Worcester’s award-winning Greenstar gas and oil-fired boilers, the sophisticated device allows heating to be adjusted from a smartphone or tablet using a wireless internet connection. The sleek black glass wall-mounted panel is simple to install and connects to the boiler using a low voltage two wired connection directly to the boiler PCB.
Through an easy-to-use free App, homeowners can take complete control of their heating and hot water, whether at home, at work, or on holiday. The App not only allows remote adjustment of heating and hot water performance, but also provides valuable information on gas consumption for both heating and hot water, helping homeowners to manage bills during a time of rising energy costs.
Unlike many other “smart” controls on the market, the Wave Smart Thermostat boasts Load compensation; taking into account the current room temperature and only firing the boiler at the necessary level for more efficient use of fuel, to maintain peak efficiency levels – all other Smart controls can only turn the boiler on or off. A Weather compensation feature meanwhile, boosts efficiency even further by referencing the property’s postcode to determine local weather conditions. This negates the need to install a north facing sensor externally to the property, making installation simple.
The control can also use presence detection via smartphone location to adjust heating levels in line with attendance at home and the desired personal comfort settings.