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:
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