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Hive installation cost guide
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Checkatrade

Smart thermostats, like Tado, Hive and Nest, have revolutionised the way homeowners manage their heating – and save you money at the same time. We’ve put together this Hive installation cost guide to show you average UK prices for installing a smart thermometer in your home.

Whether you want to upgrade your existing thermostat to a smart unit, you’re looking to cut your energy bills, or you want more control of your heating when you’re out of the house, a smart thermostat is a great solution.

As well as Hive Active Heating, manufactured by British Gas, we’ll also be looking at Google’s Nest installation costs, and HomeServe’s Tado cost. That way you can compare the three options to see which is best for you and your home.

We spoke to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). They’ve provided us with their estimated average prices for hive installations in the UK.

ItemRangeAverage cost
Smart thermostat installation (materials and labour)£175-£300£225
Hive Active Heating unit (with Hive Hub)-£200
Hive Active Heating unit only-£105
Nest Thermostat E-£190
Nest Learning Thermostat-£220
Labour (1-2 hours)£30 - £60£45

How much does Hive installation cost?

The main cost of Hive (or Nest) installation is the smart unit itself. The smart thermostat installation is very quick and easy, so labour costs will be low.

The average Hive or Nest installation cost is around £225, for materials and labour.

What is smart heating?

Smart heating is the general term that refers to a heating system that you can control remotely, usually using a mobile app. By using a smart thermostat connected to the Internet you have access to your home’s heating system from your smartphone.

With smart heating you can control your heating system while you’re out and about, or from the comfort of your sofa. Thanks to smart technology you can also see trends in your heating behaviour, and see how much you’re spending on energy as you go.

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Smart thermostats vs smart meters

It’s important to know the difference between a smart thermostat and a smart meter. Both come in very handy at home but they work quite differently to one another.

A smart meter shows you information about your energy usage. By using a display unit in your home, it will show you how much energy you’re using throughout the month and how much it costs.

On the other hand, a smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s heating system.

Hive heating installation costs

A basic Hive heating unit alone costs about £105. However, if it’s your first Hive unit in your home you’ll need to also buy the Hive Hub unit – this allows you to connect the Hive units to your smartphone.

A Hive thermostat with Hive Hub will cost around £200.

Nest thermostat installation cost

The Nest thermostat E, powered by Google, costs around £190. If you’re a tech fan and want to make a statement with your smart thermostat then you’ll want the Nest Learning Thermostat, which costs around £220.

The functionality is very similar between the two and, though the names might suggest otherwise, both models have learning features to optimise your home heating. The main real difference is the design.

The Nest Thermostat E is designed to blend in with it’s subtle white design, whereas the Nest Learning Thermostat is made to stand out in one of four color options (white, copper, black, and stainless steel).

Tado installation cost

The tado˚ smart thermostat from HomeServe will work with an individual gas or oil boiler, or heat pump. Its smart, clean look boasts an LED matrix display, push button and touch-screen arrows.

According to the HomeServe website, if you’re not an existing HomeServe customer you will need to pay £199 for the Tado itself. For installation from a HomeServe professional it’s an additional £70. You can however install yourself if you’re confident enough to.

Benefits of a smart thermostat installation

Opting for Tado, Hive or Nest installation in your home comes with a number of benefits:

  • Control your heating system from your smartphone
  • Keep track of your energy usage
  • Enjoy much more flexibility for your heating patterns
  • Save money by only heating your home when you need/want to
  • Receive reminders to your phone when you’ve left the heating on
  • Connect your heating to other smart devices in your home (such as motion sensors to keep heating on while you’re at home)

Hive vs Nest vs Tado: Which is better?

When comparing Hive, Tado and Nest smart thermostats, there’s little difference between the installation cost of the systems. Hive and Nest offer different models that will affect the price you pay and the features that are available.

All the systems offer smart control of your heating system, can connect to other smart devices in your home and offer multiple heating zones. Some say that Nest offers a better level of smart features, such as learning your habits and monitoring your energy usage, however Hive is also a worthy contender.

Overall, all three will offer you the benefits of a smart thermostat – namely saving you money on your energy bills and giving you remote access to your home heating system. All for a very similar cost.

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Useful Hive installation checklist

  • Research specific smart thermostat models to check they have the features you want.
  • Check which models are most compatible with your phone or other smart home devices.
  • Speak to local smart heating experts for professional advice and accurate prices.
  • If hiring a professional, check they’re fully trained and have experience of installing smart thermostats.
  • Always shop around for fair and competitive prices.

FAQs

Can I install Hive myself?

Yes you can. Hive installation is pretty easy yourself, will save you the cost of an engineer and should only take about an hour to complete. However, if you want complete peace of mind you can hire a fully trained engineer to install it for you. They will also be able to talk you through all the features of your Hive or Nest unit, so you can make the most of your smart heating system.

Will Hive work with my existing boiler?

Hive should work with most boilers and radiators, meaning the only thing you need to change is the thermostat. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go.

Will Hive save me money?

Yes. By using smart technology to detect when your home needs heating, or when it’s been accidentally left on, you’re much more in control of your energy bills. Reminders and smart algorithms are designed to help you heat your home better whilst reducing your energy bills – sometimes by up to £120 a year.

Can I use Hive to control heating in different parts of the house?

Absolutely. With Hive Multizone you can create up to three different heating zones in your home, each one with its own thermostats – though this system will cost more than the basic Hive heating unit. This is particularly useful across multiple floors, or when you only want certain areas of your home heated.

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