Tado or Nest – anyone got one fitted?
Yes. I think it’s actually the voltage used by the boiler that’s different (24v maybe?) Also I think you can only set the location to be the US so it doesn’t have the right timezone, or something like that. Though there are reports that people have got it working.
Tempted by a Tado but also tempted to hold out for the Nest. UK version due before end of 2013 apparently.
Edit: Ah apparently it’s the aircon that works at different voltages. Some stuff about it here.Posted 4 years ago
I think an acquaintance in Canadia got a Leaf recently, I’ll try and find out how he is getting on.
That Tado looks good though. The thing for me with the Leaf is (apart from it not being available in the UK) that it doesn’t seem to have a wireless temperature sensor. Which is a bit useless for us because our thermostat is in the hall.Posted 4 years ago
Have spoken to the chap in Canada with the Leaf. Says it works well, but placement is an issue since it sometimes thought they were out when they weren’t. Looks good (he is an Apple stroker), easy to use and provides loads of reporting. Can’t tell at the moment how much it is saving them money, as they have forced air heating and the furnace pretty much runs 24/7 in winter. Would recommend it though.
That aside, I have pulled the trigger on the Tado. Gone for the rental option, as £120 saving in the first year or ‘no questions asked money back’ is a bold claim – essentially 30% off our gas bill. So I anticipate it to be a free trial, and can then decide if I want to buy it outright.Posted 4 years agoroutledge4pdMember
I ordered a Tado late November and was informed 16th December shipping. It eventually arrived 23rd December.
Self installation was ok even though our existing heating setup was a bit non conventional. Google is your friend for wiring diagrams etc.
So far it’s been very good. It switches off when we leave the house and back on when we head home. The app and website are great, easy to use.
It switches on quite early in the morning to achieve the desired temperature at wake up time but I think this is because it’s still “learning”.
The house certainly seems warmer than it was, which was not the aim, but might suggest Tado controls the heating more accurately then our old thermostat. With the old controller it was always to hot, too cold or maybe somewhere inbetween,Tado seems more steady.
I’ve taken meter readings and I’m going to compare daily consumption with last Winter to see if the savings pan out, but I’m going to take additional readings from time to time and cut out the learning period to get a more representative measure once Tado knows how to heat our house.Posted 4 years ago
Sounds good. I’d read in a review somewhere that it takes a while to settle down as it learns.
I went for the installation in the end as it was a free offer, but not heard anything about that. Should be trivial though as our installation is fairly new. May just do it myself if the box arrives and there’s no news from an installer.Posted 4 years ago
NEST just got bought for $3.2b by Google…Posted 4 years ago
A fair wedge of cash that.
Just got the tado here. Ended up doing the installation myself. The online instructions were actually very good and made it seem simple (which to be fair it was.)
Keep checking to see what it’s doing. Set the temp and times, installed the apps, shall just let it do it’s thing for a few days before I start fiddling 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I might get a NEST next, but I only installed a Heatmiser controller just before xmas (even though I bought it a year ago). Have to say it’s very nice being able to control the CH from an iPhone at home or out and about…..
Not as intelligent as NEST, but way better than a standard thermostat…Posted 4 years ago
Tado installed. Real easy, took about 30 minutes all said and done. There were only 3 wires to hook up in the thermostat though.
First impressions are that it is going to take a bit of tuning. It is now quite obvious how inefficient our central heating is, and how useless our old thermostat was, both in where it was located and temperature control.Posted 4 years ago
Did you get chocolate?
Happy with ours so far. Boiler seemed to be on and off all the time before, seems less so now. Interestingly it decided to come on about 20 mins earlier today than it did yesterday, assuming because the house was colder and it was colder outside too. Quite clever.Posted 4 years ago
Chocolate and a T-Shirt for me.
The tado is £250, but I have just seen on their Twitter feed that if you convert from the rental option in the first 12 months, they will credit your rental payments to the purchase price.
Couple that with the money back guarantee if you rent, and you essentially have a 12 month trial either way.Posted 4 years ago
Well after a week or so of having the tado my confidence has been shaken somewhat. They made some DNS changes last night which meant their servers have been unavailable as the changes are propagated. So been out here for over 12 hours now.
Upshot is that tado doesn’t get to know when people are home so doesn’t turn the heating back on. There is a manual over-ride button that can turn it on though, and ours has been heating the place just fine, but judging by the feedback on twitter some people haven’t been as lucky.
Bit of a dumb thing to do in the middle of winter to a device that controls your heating.Posted 4 years ago
Footflaps, a good idea that. I’ve still got the old mechanical thermostat, so if the worst does happen then it’s a 5 min job to swap it over. Luckily the over-ride button on the tado seemed to work fine for me. Couldn’t check the app or the web site though so had no idea what it was actually doing and was nervously watching the boiler to see if/when it came on!Posted 4 years ago
Yes, it is a bit of a failing. I believe they are addressing this to add control over your local LAN.
It does have an override button on the wall unit though. All I lost was the presence detection and the ability to configure and report usage. It’s inconvenient but not disastrous.Posted 4 years agoxioxyxMember
I’m not sure the home button worked on my tado during the outage. Boiler certainly didn’t come on (but orange light did), but not sure of the temperature though so it may be that it was ok. Seems like they dropped a b*llock with that one if it doesn’t work which is a shame as otherwise it’s been superb. House has a much more even temperature – rooms that were cold are now warm and we don’t get the hot/cold fluctuations we used to. Had an issue with the temperature sensor and they just sent out a replacement set without quibble so they’re definitely trying hard. Even if it saves me no money, it’s worth it for a warm house and a happy wife 😉Posted 4 years agoluketSubscriber
Having been thinking about one of these for a few weeks our thermostat has suddenly packed up, so now with a replacement need rather than an upgrade I think we’ll take the plunge.
However… Has anyone installed a tado (or any of the others) to replace a 2 wire stat? Ours was a battery powered timer/programmer stat hence it’s effectively just a switch on the live.Posted 4 years ago
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