Demand is growing for smart heating technology

Consumers are demanding greater control from their heating system, with nearly half the country’s households saying they are interested in intelligent thermostats – this is according to the latest UK Pulse survey carried out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

The consumer-habits survey also highlighted the growth in smartphones and app-based technology, which has created a new demand for boilers that can be controlled via mobile devices. Others seek systems that offer greater level of manual control, such as timers, valves and thermostats.

The UK Pulse study also revealed that:

  • A fifth of all householders admit their existing heating system is ‘very difficult’ to control
  • A quarter say their system is old and inefficient
  • A quarter of householders will invest in a secondary heating system because their existing thermostat is too cumbersome to understand
  • 40% of householders say they are planning to install new heating controls in the long-term

Elaine Berry, Client Relationship Manager at the EST, says: “Our research clearly shows consumers are now prioritising comfort, convenience and control, presenting an excellent opportunity for industry. We found that the need for convenience and comfort results in half of the UK’s households leaving the heating on all day, just to make sure they aren’t cold when they get home. Clearly, these consumers lack the control of their system to ensure they get the comfort and convenience from their system.

“Furthermore, through UK Pulse we’ve found that more than a quarter of all homes don’t have heating controls installed, so the heating is simply on or off – with no way to determine the temperature the house is heated to, or even which rooms are heated.”

The findings come as the Energy Saving Trust’s (EST) independent list of energy saving products celebrates adding its 1000th product to the database, something EST says makes it an essential tool for installers, housing and construction professionals, building managers and retailers.

“Making use of these insights and the reassurance the Energy Saving Trust register offers is the best way to educate consumers on their energy use and help them achieve a comfortable home with the minimum of fuss.”



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