Weather and load compensation controls need to use the same ‘language’ as the boiler in order to operate, this is referred to as the ‘communication protocol’.
In a recent study from the BRE, it was reported that of 28 compensating heating controls reviewed, 74% used a language unique to the boiler manufacturer, i.e. only the boiler manufacturer’s compensation controls would work with their boilers. 26% used ‘Opentherm’. Opentherm is a common language used my different boiler and control manufacturers to make their products compatible.
What does this mean for consumers? It means that the number of compensation control products that will work with a specific boiler is limited. You will need to choose either the boiler brand’s own control, choose an Opentherm control and an Opentherm boiler or opt for smart controls with automation and optimisation functions. We guide you below: