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Last updated: 28th February, 2024


The Benefits of Using a Hive Thermostat for Your Smart Home

The Benefits of Using a Hive Thermostat for Your Smart Home

Key takeaways

  • Hive thermostats are easy to install and set up once live.
  • Hive thermostats allow you to completely control your homes central heating from anywhere at anytime.
  • Hive thermostats can significantly reduce your heating bills due to their ability to adapt to your heating routines.

If you're looking to upgrade your home to a smart home, one of the best investments you can make is a Hive thermostat.

Hive thermostats are designed to work seamlessly with smart home systems, giving you complete control over your home's temperature and energy usage.

In this blog we’ll be taking a look at Hive thermostats including their benefits, cost and where to install them.

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Who is Hive?

Hive is a British smart technology company who specialise in heating control for your home that is efficient and energy saving.

Hive’s mission is to make home heating technology easy and accessible to everyone, regardless of technical expertise.

Hive aims to create products that are intuitive and straightforward to use, as well as being hassle free in terms of their set up.


Hive Thermostat

A Hive thermostat is an excellent investment for anyone looking to upgrade their home to a smart home. 

A hive thermostat can help you create a comfortable and convenient living environment while also saving you money on your energy bills.

Here are some of the benefits of using a Hive thermostat for your smart home:

Easy Installation and Setup

Installing a Hive thermostat is a breeze. You can either hire a professional to install it for you, or you can do it yourself with the help of the easy-to-follow instructions that come with the product. 

Once installed, setting up your Hive thermostat to work with your smart home system is a straightforward process.


Complete Control Over Your Home's Temperature

One of the biggest advantages of a Hive thermostat is the ability to control your home's temperature from anywhere, at any time. 

You can use the Hive app to adjust the temperature remotely, so you can come home to a comfortable environment. You can also set schedules to automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day.


Energy Efficiency

Hive thermostats are designed to be energy-efficient. By setting schedules and using features like geofencing, you can ensure that your home is heated or cooled only when you need it to be, reducing energy waste and lowering your energy bills.


Seamless Integration with Smart Home Systems

Hive thermostats are compatible with many popular smart home systems, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This means that you can control your Hive thermostat with your voice or through your smart home app.

Monitoring and Reporting

Hive thermostats come with a range of monitoring and reporting features. You can monitor your home's temperature, humidity levels, and energy usage in real-time, and receive reports on your energy consumption over time. This information can help you identify areas where you can reduce your energy usage and save money on your energy bills.

Where can a Hive thermostat be installed?

Generally, Hive thermostats can be installed in the same location as your existing thermostat. 

This is typically in a central location of your home, such as the hallway or living room. The thermostat should be installed on an interior wall, away from any direct sources of heat or cold air, such as windows or doors.

When installing a Hive thermostat, it is important to ensure that the wiring is connected correctly and that the thermostat is level. If you are not comfortable with DIY installation, you may want to consider hiring a professional to install the thermostat for you.

It is also important to note that some Hive thermostats require a wired connection to your heating or cooling system, while others can be connected wirelessly. If you are unsure whether a Hive thermostat is compatible with your heating or cooling system, it is recommended to consult the product manual or contact Hive customer support for assistance.

Hive thermostats are a great addition to any home that wants to take advantage of the convenience and energy-saving benefits of smart home technology. With their easy installation, intuitive controls, and seamless integration with other smart home systems, Hive thermostats are an excellent choice for those looking to upgrade their home to a connected living environment.

Hive x iHeat

At iHeat, we recognise the value of smart home technology and the benefits it can bring to our customers. That's why we offer several Hive thermostats as optional upgrades at checkout for one of our efficient and powerful new boilers.

By adding a Hive thermostat to your iHeat system, you can enjoy the convenience of remote temperature control and energy-saving features, while also benefiting from the high-quality performance and reliability of an iHeat boiler upgrade.

So, whether you're looking to upgrade your existing heating system or are building a new home, be sure to consider adding a Hive thermostat to your iHeat system. 

With this combination of cutting-edge technology and high-quality products, you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient living environment while also saving money on your energy bills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth getting a Hive thermostat?

Getting a Hive thermostat can be worth it for those looking to enhance their home's energy efficiency and comfort. Hive thermostats allow users to control their heating and hot water remotely via a smartphone app, potentially leading to savings on energy bills by heating the home only when necessary. Additionally, its user-friendly interface and features like geolocation and scheduling can contribute to a more comfortable and energy-efficient home environment.

Does Hive use more electricity?

Hive itself does not consume a significant amount of electricity. The primary function of a Hive thermostat is to control your heating system more efficiently. While the Hive system (like any smart thermostat) requires electricity to operate, the amount is minimal and is far outweighed by the potential savings on your heating bills by using the system to manage your heating more effectively.

What is the main disadvantage of Hive?

The main disadvantage of Hive could be its initial cost of purchase and installation. Although it can lead to savings on energy bills over time, the upfront investment can be significant. Additionally, for those who are not tech-savvy, setting up and optimizing all its features might be challenging. Compatibility with your existing heating system may also need to be considered, as it might not be compatible with all types of boilers or heating systems.

What are the disadvantages of Hive?

Aside from the initial cost and potential compatibility issues with certain heating systems, other disadvantages of Hive might include the need for a stable internet connection for its smart features to work effectively. There's also the learning curve associated with using new technology and the possibility of becoming overly reliant on smart home technology for managing home heating.

Does Ring work with Hive?

As of my last update, Ring and Hive operate on different platforms and are primarily designed for different purposes within the smart home ecosystem—Ring for security and Hive for heating and home automation. Direct integration between Ring and Hive may not be available out of the box. However, there might be ways to connect them through third-party services or platforms that support both devices, such as IFTTT (If This Then That), allowing for some level of integration or interoperability.

Which is best: Hive or Nest?

Choosing between Hive and Nest depends on your specific needs, preferences, and existing smart home ecosystem. Both offer similar functionalities, including remote control via smartphone apps, learning capabilities, and energy-saving features. Nest, part of Google's ecosystem, might offer better integration with Google Assistant and other Google devices. Hive, on the other hand, is known for its ease of use and might integrate more seamlessly with British Gas services in the UK. Consider factors such as compatibility with your home, existing devices, cost, and desired features when deciding.

How does Hive connect to your boiler?

Hive connects to your boiler through a receiver that is wired directly into the heating system. The Hive thermostat communicates wirelessly with this receiver to control when your boiler turns on and off. Installation typically requires a professional, as it involves wiring the receiver to your boiler and possibly integrating it with your home's existing heating controls. Once installed, the Hive thermostat can be placed anywhere in the home and used to control the heating system remotely via the Hive app.

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Stephen Day | Co-founder
Gas Safe registered and FGAS certified engineer with over 20 years experience in the heating and cooling industry.