Nest thermostats are becoming incredibly popular across the globe as people move to more ‘smart’ ways of living. From lighting to music, and, of course, heating, the modern-day homeowner is now looking to control all aspects of their home from their smartphone. Fortunately, there are plenty of gadgets to help.
However, you may find yourself wondering if your existing Worcester Bosch boiler is going to allow you to use all of this modern technology - or if you’re likely to find yourself facing a potentially costly upgrade. Well, we’re here to get to the bottom of that, starting with what exactly Nest is, and whether or not it can partner with your Worcester Bosch heating system.
What is Nest?
The Nest Thermostat works with most HVAC systems, letting you program and control it with your phone.
Thanks to eco modes and the way it self programs, it can also save you money. In fact, Google estimates that since 2011, the Nest thermostat has saved “over 39 billion kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide” - thanks to the way it learns from you and your home usage over time.
If your thermostat is connected to heating wires found in the wall, then the Nest can be installed in the same position. Or, if your thermostat is wireless, then the Nest thermostat can do the same.
Heat Link is a device that comes with your Google Nest thermostat when you buy it. This technology is what connects to your heating system, and allows you to start and stop your heating through the Nest thermostat.
So, do I need a new boiler to use Nest?
Fortunately, it’s unlikely you’ll need to replace your Worcester Bosch boiler if you’re looking to use a Nest thermostat. Nest thermostats are compatible with many different types of heating systems, including a variety of boilers. As Worcester Bosch boilers come in gas, propane (LPG), and oil fuel types - there’s plenty of variety - meaning that you’ll likely have no issue partnering a Nest thermostat with your Worcester Bosch heating system.
If you have any concerns and want to confirm compatibility before you buy, Google Nest has a handy compatibility checker tool online, which you can use to determine if your heating system will work with the thermostat.
If you’re not sure if you need a new boiler, Nest compatibility aside, then don’t panic - check out our guide to the most common signs that you might need a new boiler. Or, if you’re not sure, contact one of our friendly team members for advice.