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Nest launches in the UK today for £179

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

An interesting note to take away from the announcement is this Nest Thermostat is almost entirely brand new, separate from the model available in the US and Canada. This is down to the thermostat's incompatibility with U.K. central heating systems. Simply put: Brits generally don’t have issues with excessive heating and AC use.

“Most UK heating systems don’t even have thermostats. So the actual temperature or your comfort never enters into the equation. In order to warm up the house, you have to keep walking back and forth to the programmer, manually turning on the heat in quick bursts hoping you get it right. There’s also no way to track how much heat you’re using, so balancing comfort and energy savings is guesswork.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Nest Thermostat, the product is much more than your average programmable thermostat in that it learns the temperatures you enjoy at different parts of each day. A schedule is then created, replacing the one utilized by the standard thermostat, offering more comfortable heated environment.

Android Central's Phil Nickinson got acquainted with his Nest installation, and his review is worth a look for those considering the £179 investment.

Nest is available through Nest.com and other partners from today. The manufacturer's website has more details, as well as links to certified UK professionals who can carry out the installation.

Source: Nest

More: Nest review

Rich Edmonds

Rich is UK Editor for Windows Phone Central but you'll see him on iMore and everywhere else on Mobile Nations as part of the Newsroom team!

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krislord says:

Surprised at the price - very competitive. Also note that if not connected to existing thermostat wiring, the nest needs mains power.

asuperstarr says:

That is nice to see more countries are now being added to use this technology. Great story!

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Emeroid says:

I contacted Nest a while back, what I said to them was;
............my combi boiler basically has two relay contacts, normally open and normally closed, (and common of course). At present I can't remember what these contacts are rated at but I know they need to be capable of switching 230VAC.
If the Nest can only switch small currents that's not an issue as I'll just fit a contactor to handle the bigger load, but the voltage is a problem.

They said;
Hi,
Thank you for the additional information. Unfortunately the Nest is not compatible with high voltage systems of which you have.

I'm so sorry.

Then I said;
Thanks for coming back. A shame that, especially for your UK market where the vast majority of heating systems are like mine. It makes you wonder whether to buy the smoke alarms too, (probably won't now), as you no longer have one app to control everything.

I wonder if they've redesigned?

pjbwilson says:

I've lived in 6 places over 13 years in the UK. All had a thermostat, I don't know of anyone that doesn't have a thermostat for their central heating.

So that's odd to hear otherwise.

I got Hive a couple of months back, similar concept, and I'm very happy with it.

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derekpane says:

“Most UK heating systems don’t even have thermostats" what utter tosh. Bought my first place in UK in 1979 and it had a 'stat. Who does the research?

Emeroid says:

I gotta say I though that was balderdash too. Anyways they replied to me yesterday with;

Thank you for contacting Nest Support.

The Nest Thermostat has been designed to work with the vast majority of heating systems in the UK, especially boiler systems.

Here is some more information.

Which heating systems are compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat, (http://support.nest.com/uk/article/Which-heating-systems-are-compatible-...)?
Seems they support it now.
Unfortunately for them I don't feel like spending 180 quid now.