In the past few years there has been a surge of boilers that are IoT (Internet of Things) friendly. In other words, there are now boilers that work online and can be controlled through a special app on a smartphone. Internet connectivity is achieved by connecting to the home owner’s WiFi.
Boilers with WiFi and Internet connectivity are now common and convenient for many owners. Because of there Internet capabilities, installers can respond promptly to automatic fault notifications, with the added convenience of remote performance monitoring and online service planning.
The same connectivity technology that achieves connectivity by connecting to the home owner’s WiFi enables installers to remotely monitor their boiler installations in one place.
The Internet-connected programmable smart thermostat for heating and hot water system control is a standard controller panel for many IoT boilers. The control’s innovative programming enables it to have an ‘intelligent conversation’ with the boiler and offer advanced features such as home entrance detection or self-learning as well as the choice of load or weather compensation to optimize efficiency and comfort.
But are Internet-connected boilers problem free? Dan Ambrose of Ambrose Mechanical Services recently spoke on the subject of IoT boilers:
“They do create a more efficient monitoring environment but users are depending on the readouts to be right and connectivity to the net to stay strong. Wi-Fi signals cut in an out and can effect properly controlling the boiler. This is my only concern with the devices.”
Mr. Ambrose has been working in boiler maintenance and repair for over 40 years and many people in the Industry value his opinion.
Connecting the Internet to the everyday boiler as been a groundbreaking move for the industry, opening the doors to a whole wide array of improved, efficient boiler systems.