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Monday, 23 September 2019

GADGETS.....Love them or hate them?

Before I say anything else I'd just want to make it clear I'm not being paid or in receipt of any gifts for doing this post.

When we moved 11 months ago one of the first upgrades we did to the property was change the 20 year old  boiler. We have known our heating engineer Dave for a number of years and gave him his first big break when he went self employed in 2013 and trust his decisions regarding  his area of expertise.

The existing boiler was in the utility room but we were going to knock that down so we relocated the new Baxi  in the emersion heater cupboard in the hall. The heater was surplus to requirements once the new combi boiler and thermostat were installed.

David, told us  he'd installed a HIVE thermostat as they were on offer and worked out the same price as an  older style one. The HIVE receiver is plugged in to your broadband so it can be operated remotely.

I have to say I'm really impressed with it, the simplicity at which you can set when your heating switches on and off, plus what temperature  is fantastic.  So I can literally set the heating to come on:

05:00-07:12.    20°
11:30-13:00.    19°
16:45-20:00.    21°
22:00-04:59.    16°

Each day can be set differently. For example the 2 days hubby works the heating comes on earlier so he can get ready in comfort.  The biggest plus besides the accuracy and ease at which you can set your heating  is the fact heating can be switched on remotely.  I just go to the app on my phone and change whatever I need to.  For example, when were Christmas shopping last year and wouldn't be home all day, I checked the house temperature at lunch time and it was 18° so I reduced the overall temperature to 18° instead of 19°, so the heating didn't come on. If we are out for the afternoon and evening I delay the start or simply boost the heating 40 minutes before setting off home.


The hall thermostat as seen on the right above at 09:33 is 20.2°. On the left  is one of the initial screens you see when you open the app on your mobile. The house temperature at 08:42 today was 20.3°. If I thought that too low I could hit the boost button for 30 minutes or longer and change to the desired temperature.  You can add light bulbs and cameras to the system but we haven't done this as yet. So far the weather has been brilliant so no heating necessary but I don't think we'll get away with it for much longer.......but here's hoping!


If you do find you need to have a new thermostat in the future I would recommend HIVE or indeed one of the other Smart Thermostats there are around. Do you have any gadgets you love or indeed hate? Bye for now. Tx


16 comments:

  1. I don't have that kind of device myself, but I have a friend who loves Hive and Alexa. They have severe mobility issues so being able to control their home via voice commands has been life changing.

    Glad you're happy with your set up, always good to read a personal review, rather than one from just any old site where you don't know what's genuine.

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    1. Agreed, its always better when you know someone who has tried and tested something. My friend had it put in her 3 storey house and she controls each floor(zone) differently which is brilliant.

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  2. Thanks for that FiE and also Thrift Deluxe fr the comment. I've started to think about a HIVE or similar. I too have mobility issues. I use Alexa already and am looking to extend her capabilities around my home. She reads me my bedtime story!

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    1. I think this new technology is fantastic for all sorts of reasons. It helps the disabled. It keeps costs down as its do controllable. I love the idea of the bedtime story. Brilliant.

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  3. I don’t think it would work on an outside oil boiler would it?

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    1. I don't know for sure. But there is a sender near the boiler that receives all the information from the main thermostat or mobile. Its primarily by wifi.

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  4. I dislike technology. Alan would no doubt choose the control room for the solar panels and their battery bank ... my favourite gadget is my toasteršŸ˜ƒ

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    1. I have to admit Sue it's also mine. I could live on toast

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  5. Me and technology are not great, I love my kitchen gadgets though.

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    1. I don't have many kitchen gadgets but the ones I have, I've had for a very long time.

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  6. It's wonderful to find something you can love and is useful too, isn't it? We don't have a lot of high tech stuff around, but don't mind it if it serves a purpose. The biggest drawback is the maintenance and life expectancy.

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    1. True, that can be a problem, fingers crossed everything is as smart as they say it is!

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  7. We bought a programmable thermostat a couple of years ago. Think that we better start programing a turn down for nights and a turn up for mornings. Glad that you like yours so much.

    God bless.

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    1. I do like it as it means less waste. Every penny save is good.

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  8. I'm not a lover of techy things, although hubby is. My main gripe with gadgets (and white goods to be honest) is that they are considered disposable these days and are also superseded by updated versions. Your Hive, though, will hopefully save you quite a few pennies :)

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    1. I know what you mean Ann. But at least the manufacturers are putting energy consumption to the fore. New appliances are invariably much cheaper to run.

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