Advances in smart thermostat technology mean we can now have complete control of our home central heating at the touch of a button or the swipe of a phone.
The rival Nest and Hive systems are both at the top of the smart thermostat market and each boasts an impressive selection of features and designs.
There’s been much debate for many years over whether Hive is better than Nest, or vice-versa.
But in truth, they’re actually well-matched in many key areas. So let’s take a closer look at Nest, Hive and more generally at smart heating, smart boilers and wi-fi heating control…
Why use a smart thermostat at all?
Smart thermostats enable us to heat our homes intelligently from wherever we are.
As they are controlled over a broadband connection, you are able to alter settings and turn your boiler on and off straight from your smartphone app.
Both the Google Nest system and the British Gas-supported Hive give you much more control over your smart heating preferences than a traditional non smart thermostat.
Individual rooms can be heated to different temperatures, so that you’re only heating areas of the home that you are using. Naturally, this can help reduce your energy bills.
Smart thermostats are also designed to adapt to temperature changes due to external weather conditions. This avoids your home overheating on hot days or the hassle of frozen pipes when temperatures drop in winter.
What are the differences?
When it comes to performance, there is very little to choose between Hive and Nest. Both smart thermostats are quite evenly matched in most of the key areas.
But there are important differences between the two that might impact your decision.
If you consider the technology alone, then Nest has an advantage because it has a superior learning algorithm and features a motion detector.
But when you’re choosing the Hive or Nest smart thermostat, you should also consider cost and convenience alongside the tech.
For example, would Nest’s algorithm perhaps turn on your heating when it’s not needed?
For those that have a set routine at home, or landlords wanting to operate their property’s heating from one account, then Nest wins hands down.
But customers looking for more control and flexibility over their smart heating might be better suited to Hive.
Other options are available
But remember, these two brands are not the only options available when it comes to smart heating, wi-fi heating control and smart boilers.
Worcester Wave, from Worcester Bosch, is a smart thermostat which can be programmed and controlled via any smart device. It can also be retrofitted for use with some older Worcester Bosch appliances.
There’s also Intouch, the smart control from Intergas, a leading heating system manufacturer.
Woolfoot Heating’s engineers are trained to the highest standards and keep up to date with the latest products and technologies in the field of smart heating,, smart boilers and wi-fi heating controls so we can offer the most suitable solution for you.
Our engineers are industry experts who have been accredited by leading manufacturers, so when it comes to smart thermostats, we really know our stuff.