Which smart thermostat to have installed? The benefits and advantages of Nest and Hive smart thermostats

Posted by: John Temple on 3rd March 2022

If you’re considering installing a smart thermostat in your home, or would like more information about how they function and can help to reduce energy wastage, then you’re in the right place! We’ve taken a look at the benefits and advantages of both Google’s Nest thermostat and Hive Active Heating by British Gas:

Nest smart thermostat

The Nest smart thermostat by Google is the most popular on the UK market. It can replace a standard domestic thermostat and be controlled by an app on a digital advice (smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer). It’s smart auto learning features monitor how you use your heating and syncs it with your behaviour. It can also form a personalised schedule for your home depending on ideal room temperatures, the insulation in your home and the current weather.

The main benefits of the Nest smart thermostat are:

  • Easy DIY installation
  • No subscription required
  • Wireless (but can be wall mounted using a three-pin plug)
  • Control from anywhere using the Nest app
  • Location detection to turn heating off/down if you’re not at home
  • 2 years standard warranty
  • Sleek design with high-res digital interface
  • Compatible with virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home

According to Nest, an average UK customer using a Nest thermostat can save upwards of 8.4% on their heating bills.


Hive smart thermostat

British Gas’ Hive Active Heating (smart thermostat) is another familiar name on the market. Also able to replace a standard household thermostat, it offers another brilliant way to regulate your home’s heating parallel to your daily schedule. Just like Nest, it can be controlled on your digital device via the Hive app.

Here are the advantages of Hive’s smart thermostat:

  • Straightforward DIY installation
  • No subscription required
  • Wireless (but can be mounted on a stand using three-pin plug)
  • 1 year warranty
  • Heating adjusts to daily schedule set in app
  • Location detection will send you a reminder to turn heating off when you’re out
  • Frost protection activates when temp’ drops below 7 degrees Celsius to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Control from anywhere using Hive app
  • Compatible with virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home

Hive says that by using their thermostat you could save up to £120 on your heating bills annually.


At Carshalton Boilers, we can install both Nest and Hive smart thermostats, to give you the ability to regulate your home’s temperature, schedule your heating based on your daily schedule, and in turn save money on your heating bills. It is important to note that your desired smart thermostat may not be compatible with the boiler you possess, so please get in contact with us to discuss your options and book your smart thermostat installation.


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