Boxt is to supply all its new boilers with a free Google Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home Mini, so that customers can have voice-controlled heating as standard.
Boxt, which launched in 2017, is raising £20 million to double the number of Boxt smart home installers to 2,000, and to introduce a range of new smart home products. The company says it was set up to ‘disrupt and innovate the traditionally archaic home installation market’, by offering a real-time price and booking service that streamlines the quotation and booking process, and passing on the cost savings to customers.
Boxt products offer guaranteed installation within 24 hours, with full information about the engineer provided before they turn up, in-home tech demonstrations and comprehensive after sales support, says the company.
“Home installation is ripe for disruption and we want Boxt to be the first choice for customers who want to install heating, cooling or any smart technology in their home,” says co-founder Andy Kerr.
The company says it is on track to install 40,000 boilers this year. It operates in a similar way to Uber, connecting installers with customers through a centralised booking facility that enables customers to choose and buy a home heating package at a fixed price, in their own time, on a mobile phone or laptop.