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Social housing landlords adopt IoT technologies

Landlords of social housing are investing in IoT and sensor technology to measure and manage energy use, including home energy efficiency, tenant health, safety and welfare, and asset management.

Once they grasp the fundamentals of these technologies, they can then begin to implement them across their housing stock.

Landlords understand that there is duel value to the IoT, helping both themselves and the tenants living in their properties. Tenants can benefit from having greater control, better customer service, and a landlord that is better informed, whilst landlords are able to make smarter decisions based on evidence, improve their service delivery and efficiency, and better manage their assets.

An example of the technologies that can be implemented is smart heating controls. By installing this, it gives tenants the opportunity to reduce their heating bills through increased controls via their smartphone, whilst landlords can access data that will help them better maintain boilers and identify issues such as high humidity levels, and under or over heated homes.

Research by Secure Meters UK states that landlords believe the biggest benefit of introducing IoT technology in social housing are those that affect the tenants, rating benefits such as reducing bills and tracking fuel poverty higher than the cost savings they will have.

Over time the sensors can provide information and patterns that can help inform the tenants of problematic times and habits that could be causing the issues and the ways in which they can combat them, e.g. opening a window when taking a shower.

If ignored, the damaging impact of humidity and mould growth is extensive for both the tenants and the landlords. Health issues can occur for tenants living around mould for prolonged periods of time, including nasal and lung conditions, asthma and allergies, whilst the process of removing mould can be expensive, requiring a wide range of professionals to fix the issue and tenants who could need rehoming during this period of time.

Pinacl offers a solution where up to four sensors can be installed in a property to monitor levels such as temperature, humidity and CO₂. The implementation of these assist the landlords by alerting them when there are homes with alerting levels of humidity, allowing time for preventative action to be taken before mould appears.

If you are interested in seeing how our solution works, or learning about what benefits it could bring your organisation then book your free demo today- our Housing specialists will be happy to assist with any queries you have.

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