Hive Active Heating System | review

Hive kit

It’s been a couple of weeks now that we have had our Hive Active Heating System set installed and we like it. It has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for us. Like turning the heating on without moving from the sofa.

We can decide what time our heating comes on and goes off and what time our hot water comes on and off. We can run both separately. This means I don’t have to heat up an entire tank of water just because I have the heating on.

Installation

It was so simple to organise, a couple of emails, I chose a date, mentioned I had the school run so the engineer would be aware I was momentarily out at certain times and then received an email confirming day and time.

There was no mess at all and I was able to carry on all my normal housekeeping activities, like washing machines, dishwashers and so on whilst the British Gas engineer installed our Hive.

He removed the old clock in the airing cupboard which had the tiny teeth which you clicked in and out to show what time you wanted the heating and hot water to come on. He replaced it with the Hive Receiver, he did lots of tests with a laptop and I made him a nice cup of tea.

He left me with a Thermostat Kit, currently sitting on the mantelpiece waiting for a fixed position, and a hub attached to the router. His job was done in less than an hour and he left having explained very thoroughly what to do, which was simple to understand and didn’t take long at all.

Programming

I had to login to Hive and create my account and then go into My Account where I could slide markers to show what time I wanted the heating to come on. I could alter the temperature that I wanted the room to be and I could see clearly what temperature my home was indicating at that moment.

Hive heating schedule

There are two sections, first for the heating and secondly for the hot water, both can be controlled separately. This is great as I am no longer heating up a huge tank of water just because the heating has come on.

Hive hot water schedule

You can also find your temperature history which is really interesting for an overall idea of how you are heating your home and indicates where you may be able to cut back a bit and therefore save money.

All the pros

Hive info

Firstly to have Hive installed I did not need to change my supplier which is a headache in itself. There were also no extra or hidden costs for me as I am not a British Gas customer.

I read on the website that I can save up to £150 a year and we are hoping to achieve this by being more selective with our usage.

Control your heating from your mobile

Possibly the most exciting innovation that is part of Hive is an app which downloaded onto your phone (iPhone or android) allows you to control your heating wherever you may be via your router. Amazing!

The app offers exactly the same controls of deciding the temperature, times and periods for both your hot water and your heating. This will come in very handy on our return from holidays or weekends away when we want to warm the house up or maybe we’ve forgotten to turn off the heating and can do so whilst on our journey.

It also allows me to turn the heating on a bit if I am feeling chilly of an evening without arguing with the husband, actually he doesn’t even realise I have done it.

Hive temperature history

Frost

One last thing to mention is if the house does get cold there is a control called Frost Protection set at 5C. If your home goes below that temperature the heating will come on to prevent any iced pipes.

Verdict

We love it, it’s been very simple to use; on cold days I have changed times on my laptop to raise the temperature in my home on a recent warm day I have delayed the heating coming on. Come the Spring this will be very useful indeed as the weather is all over the place.

Disclosure: Legal & General provided me with a complimentary installation of the Hive system for the purpose of this post. If you are interested it costs £199 including the installation, please find more details on Hive website

20 Comments

  1. February 19, 2015 / 1:09 AM

    Oh this sounds great. Loving the idea of not having to shift off the sofa to fiddle with the thermostat. Also sneaky temperature control without Hubby’s knowledge. Love it. Will definitely be looking into this :)

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:38 PM

      It’s been a real find Natalie. We are loving it so do go ahead.

  2. February 19, 2015 / 9:58 AM

    I have been thinking about this hive system I love to be in control of the heat

  3. February 19, 2015 / 11:11 AM

    Love this, it’s so clever isn’t it. Whatever will they think of next!

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:40 PM

      Anything I can work from my sofa gets top marks from me :) The kettle is next of course!

  4. February 19, 2015 / 11:48 AM

    What a great little gadget. I would need control of it though …. my husband is forever telling me to turn the heating down! :-)

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:40 PM

      Exactly the same here Donna which is why it’s so good to have the app on your phone as you can enter and lift whilst he watches the footie ;)

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:41 PM

      I am hoping over time Cass it will prove to be an excellent money saver, I’ll let you know 6 months from now

  5. February 19, 2015 / 7:27 PM

    This is such a clever idea and you can save so much money, if you use it properly. Amazing invention!

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:42 PM

      It does make me wonder at where we are going with inventions like this, I am hoping our lives will become so much easier and economical via these inventions

  6. February 19, 2015 / 9:23 PM

    I so need something like that in my life! We don’t have a thermostat at all and this one looks like THE CHOICE!

  7. February 19, 2015 / 10:39 PM

    My husband is so wanting one of these. Id love it too – no more coming home to a cold house.

  8. February 20, 2015 / 11:17 AM

    I’m desperate for a Hive system – I know I spend more on heating my house than I should because my boiler is old and difficult to set exactly how I like it. I’m going to price it up now!

    • February 20, 2015 / 9:44 PM

      £199 including installation Alice and you’ll most likely save that amount in your first year so basically it pays for itself as well!

  9. February 20, 2015 / 5:00 PM

    We’ve been looking at installing this at home, it does look user friendly and perfect for when I forget to switch the heating off etc.

  10. February 22, 2015 / 10:39 PM

    This is such a nifty gadget ane really easy to use too, fab. Mich x

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