Nest will be coming to the UK...eventually

I have to admit to longingly looking at the Nest smart thermostat – and now the smoke detector – and its iOS integration from the UK, often wondering if we'll ever get to join this part of the smart home revolution. Speaking to UK based Pocket-Lint, it seems there is a dose of slightly good – if non-specific – information on this front from Nest:

"We are working on it," Erik Charlton, VP of business at Nest, told Pocket-lint, breaking the bad news.

The move, which seems to have been delayed by having to adapt and change the Nest thermostat to work in UK homes, means that Brits will have to wait a little longer until they can use the system to control their central heating from their iPhone.

It's not just a simple case of picking one up from the States, of course, and bringing it home with you. UK homes are different, with different power, different heating systems and so on. Hacking something such as the Nest to work really isn't for everyone, but Charlton did also say there's a lot of positive information from folks who've done just that, and that these same people are recommending the Nest to friends and family, despite no official support.

So, it may not be soon, but the fact it's being worked on is at least enough to keep us excited on this side of the pond. I'll be first in line if and when the Nest eventually goes on sale over here, how about you?

Source: Pocket-Lint

Richard Devine

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Nest will be coming to the UK...eventually

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Richard, the big issue for us is the nest is an on/off thermostat rather than a modulating thermostat that directly controls the boiler output. It needs to be the modulating type for optimum savings & comfort...

I've had the Nest for about a year and absolutely love it. I love how it basically learns your patterns and adjusts to it. One of my favorite buys.

It's an attractive thing but as sweetstyle notes it's not a regular modulating thermostat like we usually have in the UK which is a problem since our system's already more efficient than Nest out of the box.

The energy savings it claims it will bring are due mostly to reducing the "fiddle factor" of sudden demands for warmth. You don't have to be Lord Kelvin to understand that setting the lowest comfortable temperature possible and letting the thermostats on the radiators control temperature in each room (which Nest won't do) is going to be cheaper than ratcheting temperatures up and down.

With apologies for being a proper engineer (Aeronautical).

If it makes you feel any better, version 2 of the Nest was a big improvement over version 1. So if Nest is really working on a version for you, I have confidence that they will do it right.

I have one in the USA and love it. It's "cool factor" is huge. OTOH, I doubt that it will ever pay for itself in savings over the programmable thermostat that I had before.

I briefly visited the hive website. You'll have to figure out what works best for you.

From what I saw, the Hive has a thermostat, a hub that plugs into the router, and a receiver.

The Nest has it all in one unit and maybe that is part of the wow factor. It communicates with your router, is a platform for the thermostat, and connects to the heating and cooling.

The wiring for my cooling and heating all meet at the thermostat. Perhaps if you home was wired where the the thermostat wasn't connected to the controls, the Hive would be a better solution.

The Nest also has "Auto Away" where it's motion sensor knows if you aren't home. I'm not sure if the Hive has that or not.

Good Luck

anyone tried Tado? an app and hardware combo which claims to make savings over a year or so? £250 plus a £10 install (until the end of this year), It claims to monitor the weather, as well as where you are, so it can turn the heating on before you get home.

http://www.tado.com/gb/

Wouldn't work for me, though, as I work from home so I'm in all the time.

The Nest Thermostat went on sale in UK on April 2nd 2014 retailing at £179 or £249 including fitting.