I'm seriously considering installing one of these Nest/Hive-type gizmos to
control my central heating. There are so many of them around now, with
different generations too - anyone got any recomendations/dos and don'ts
My CH is on a single zone. Boiler is a Worcester-Bosch Greenstar 30i; I
see that W-B now have their own dedicated "Wave" smart thermostat - am
wondering whether that might be worth considering specifically because it
seems to integrate better with the boiler controls, allowing weather
compensation for example (which has to be a good thing?)
Any thoughts most welcome!
Installed Hive to run a Worcester Bosch 28i, basically does what it says on
the box. Only slight gripe is the hysteresis in the system tends to slight
ly overheat the room by about half a degree. Installation was quite easy an
d getting the app working was straight forward. I had one slight wiring pro
blem but figured it out in the end.
Heatgenius is really good:
As that's all they make, and they use standard ZWave parts, I don;t see
the system going obsolete.
Benefits is with batter radio rad valves, you can make it a multizone
system without plumbing alterations.
I have a Heatmiser Smartstat. It has a wired connection to the boiler
and in my case there is a separate temperature sensor which has a wired
connection to the Smartstat.
It is a programmable thermostat with 4 changes per day. It switches the
boiler on if the temperature falls by 0.5 deg C.
It can be operated locally by pressing buttons, using an Android app or
running the app on Windows 10 using Chrome + ARC Welder.
Remote operation needs Wifi + a broadband internet connection.
It clearly relies on a Heatmiser remote server somewhere which I don't
have to pay for.
It does not have any weather compensation but as the bungalow has a
combi boiler more sized to provide hot water it heats up very quickly
Initially I was disappointed was that the lowest temp I could set for
standby was 7C rather than 5C. However I have since found that I really
need 10C to stop damp problems.
I would have preferred something which I could access using a web
browser but did not manage to find a suitable product 21 months ago. I
would then have been able to access the product using some obscure port
translation on the broadband router.
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