Boiler and water heater manufacturer Lochinvar has launched a ‘smart’ app-based controller for its Herald range of gas-fired condensing boilers.
The Con-X-us system enables users to connect their smart devices, including phones and tablets, to the on-board boiler controls so they can monitor and adjust the system operation and heating parameters from anywhere in the world.
Con-X-us is an ancillary option, which can be ordered and fitted to the boiler before despatch, or retrofitted on site. The app is free to download and is suitable for iPhone or Android devices. There are no ongoing costs and it provides full control over the boiler with email or text alerts keeping users connected and updated 24/7.
Operation of the device is via touch screen technology or by typing in specific information to remotely adjust set points, outdoor reset curves, pump controls and many other functions.
It can also be adjusted to allow other users temporary access for maintenance or after sales support, so that any operational problems can be resolved as quickly as possible. The system can also be configured by the main user to allow up to three extra service personnel to receive email or text alerts.
Con-X-us uses colour-coded status alerts to indicate if the boiler needs attention or servicing, and describes any potential problem and offers a solution.
Lochinvar managing director, David Pepper, said: “Smart technology really comes into its own in this kind of application. Our app reduces service and repair costs and avoids potential system downtime by acting as an early warning system.
“It also enables continual monitoring so the user can adjust settings at any time of day or night from wherever they are. This means the heating system will always run efficiently and respond to any change in user requirements or operating conditions.”
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