Electric Heating

Connected devices: IoT in heating

The Internet of Things continues to transform the way in which we run our homes and businesses, but where do the biggest opportunities lie? Christian Hadley, Head of Product Marketing at Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, which includes the Dimplex, Redring and Xpelair brands, considers the real benefit of connected devices – and examines why electrical wholesalers are well placed to take advantage of the continued drive for inter-connected devices in the home.


he Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer just a buzzword in the boardroom of blue-chip companies, but a topic of conversation in our homes, on the high street and in the pub,

too. It refers to the addition of tiny chips into everyday objects and gadgets, which allow us to send and receive data between these interconnected devices. On an industrial scale, IoT is revolutionary. The birth of the ‘smart factory’,

with inter-connected plant at every stage of the production line, is improving productivity, reducing wastage and driving the efficiency of our manufacturing sectors in particular. However, there are huge opportunities in the home too – from the growing trend for personal assistants, to innovative heating and climate controls.

Finding the value in IoT The possibilities of IoT are almost limitless. In 2014, there were an estimated 5.4 billion connected devices worldwide and by 2020 this is expected to rise to 31 billion. By 2030, some analysts predict 125 billion connected devices in operation. It’s easy to see the impact these will have on our everyday lives.

A quick google search shows some of the products already available, with plenty of gadgets ranging from the dubious, to the downright ridiculous. These include a smart water bottle that glows to remind you to reach your ‘hydration goal’, and even an egg tray that tells you which egg is the oldest and when you need to restock to avoid missing breakfast! The real value of IoT, however, lies in making the most of connected devices to reduce energy used in the home, thus supporting our carbon reduction targets whilst cutting costs for the user. And this is where electrical wholesalers can make the most of business opportunities as the smart revolution continues to grow.

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Intelligent appliances App-controlled heating is nothing new, but modern appliances have greater functionality than ever before. By linking individual electric heating appliances to a central hub, for example, users can take advantage of simple controls to ensure comfort whilst maximising the efficiency of the home from a single control source. Your own customers can also tap into remote diagnostic opportunities, saving time and costs on maintenance jobs - and all this before they even consider the benefits of intelligent features such as open window detection and anticipatory control.

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