Smart Home Heating Control - Hiveheating - Scheduling & Room zone controled on demand
In this topic I will cover :
- Single Unit Heating
- Zone or Room based
- Temperature Target
There are two controllers for Hive Heating - Single & Dual .
These replace the thermostat controller that triggers your Oil or Gas Boiler.
Typically it is located in the Kitchen back wall where the outside boiler house is on the opposite side of that wall, in Ireland that is.
The difference between Single and Dual is if you have a motorised valve control on your boiler which separates two zones, typically Heat Hot Water for entire house and radiators versus Heat only the Hot Water tank upstairs.
This is very useful during warmer times of the year where you do not need the heating on or rarely.
Wall or desktop thermostat and the dual controller.
TRV or Thermostatic Radiator Valve Control
With a TRV and the system set to schedule on a per day and per time slot basis, a person in a bedroom ca n trigger the heating to come on and heat only that room.
Essentially you turn it clockwise to set a target temperature, then this wirelessly triggers the controller to open the vale and turn on the boiler.
This works best when all radiators are TRV and or manually close in off position.
There is an additional accessory that can replace the Hive Hub which plugs into your modem. It is called the Hive360, and connects wirelessly to the modem/Wi-Fi, which then in turn can talk to the controller and multiple all or desk mounted thermostats.
It also has its own ecosystem of additional devices from smart bulbs, to motion sensors, to smart plug sockets.
The savings alone more than justify the price and the installation price if you need a Boiler engineer (electrician) to install it.
I do not pay a subscription.
With the smart phone app you can set and control or boost for a fixed time.
If you are not at property, you can switch on heating manually or disable schedule etc.
Using IFTTT.com you can trigger coming home and leaving home events to turn on or off.
When I know I have no bookings lets say between weekends, then I can easily toggle control to OFF so that the schedule does not turn it on for 4 days.
Giving me the option to use boost mode instead if I decide lets heat the house for a few hours on a wet evening after 6pm.
Taping the button on top of the Thermostat control sitting on my Home Office Desk or in the app I can say 30 minutes to 1 hour up to 6 hours and it will auto turn off so I do not forget to.