The tool was developed after Honeywell found that 40 per cent of the traffic to its website was coming from the consumer, looking for advice on heating controls and an installer in their area. What’s more, a Honeywell survey revealed that when it comes to smart heating controls, 70 per cent of homeowners use the internet as their first port-of-call to find a smart installer.
In order to become listed as a connected specialist, installers must be a member of the Honeywell Installer Network and complete Honeywell’s dedicated online YouLearn training course. They must also have experience of installing two evohome thermostats – Honeywell’s flagship connected, touchscreen heating control.
Andy Mansfield, marketing communications manager at Honeywell comments: ‘We know that smart heating controls are here to stay, with the number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat expected to reached 38.2 million in 2019; so we wanted to help ensure installers in the UK can capitalise on this opportunity.
‘One thing our research showed is that the homeowner doesn’t yet know who to look for when it comes to installing smart home technology. So, by adding an easy-to-navigate, connected specialist section to the website, it will not only help guide them to a trusted smart installer, but also drive business directly to installers themselves.’
There are currently almost 300 connected specialists across the UK, registered on the Honeywell website. One of the first installers to sign up was Matthew Soar, of Multifuel Heating & Plumbing in Reading, who said: ‘I have been a connected specialist for around six months now and have already successfully converted four jobs to install Honeywell’s evohome heating controls, as a result of their connected specialist search tool.’
For more information on becoming a Honeywell Connected Specialist, please visit honeywelluk.com/professional-zone/installer-network