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Ian Wilson
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We have just bought an Atlas Chorus static. Central heating is fitted which is great. We plan to use it all year round so don't want to drain the water system in the colder months, and wondered if anyone knew if we could install a WiFi thermostat such as a Hive or Nest. We have a Hive at home, and it's great. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.

 

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To operate it it it it need to communicate with the internet via a wifi network.

 

Has the site got a wifi network or are you prepared to set up a 4g wifi network to be able to remotely control it, 

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You absolutely can retrofit hive/other yes, as above it needs WiFi if you wish to monitor and use remotely 

 

You could just leave the heating at say 8 degrees when not home, I’m not sure how your gas is setup mind you as the 47kg bottles can be quickly consumed in the depth of winter. Hopefully your on a tank managed by the site or similar. 

Cheers, Martin

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Rather than the expense and/or faff of something like a Hive just leave your heating on with the thermostat set at a low temperature. 

 

That will ensure that should the temperature suddenly drop in the middle of the night the heating will automatically come on. If you have a hive it will require you to take some form of action. If it’s the middle of the night, and you are a hundred miles away how will you know you need to take any action? 

 

Dont overcomplicate, or over-think, your life, just use what’s there in regards to your heating in exactly the same way as you do in your house!  

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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As above, a decent thermostat will have a ‘frost’ setting for just this reason and turns heating on if the temp. in the van drops below 5 degrees.

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13 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

Dont overcomplicate, or over-think, your life, just use what’s there in regards to your heating in exactly the same way as you do in your house


As per his opening post, he  uses Hive in his house…  

 

Great system - select frost protection between visits, turn heating up  and hot water on before leaving home for a winter stay… if the required wifi is available then Hive or similar is a good idea.

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1 minute ago, ReggiePerrin said:


As per his opening post, he  uses Hive in his house…  

 

Great system - select frost protection between visits, turn heating up  and hot water on before leaving home for a winter stay… if the required wifi is available then Hive or similar is a good idea.

 

There is no mention of turning the heating on remotely in the original post, only reference to not wanting to drain down the system, so for those circumstances a Hive is unnecessary.

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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25 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

just use what’s there in regards to your heating in exactly the same way as you do in your house!  

The OP uses Hive in his house.   He thinks it is great.

 

 

16 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

There is no mention of turning the heating on remotely in the original post, only reference to not wanting to drain down the system, so for those circumstances a Hive is unnecessary.


 

He didn’t ask if a Hive was necessary, he asked if it could be fitted.   He probably knows also (as a user) that the only thing setting it apart from a modern room stat is the ability to manage it remotely.
 

Like a lot of things, it isn't necessary but also like a lot of things, it is a ‘nice to have' and would work well in a holiday home with intermittent winter use. (Assuming full time wifi is available).


Having a Hive fitted hardly complicates life.   I think my Hive has been superb value for money in terms of ease of use an managing my heating and hot water around our lifestyle.

 


 


 

 

 

 

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Simply add central heating antifreeze such as this below, there are other brands, to the heating circuit, it is an antifreeze and corrosion inhibitor for central heating systems.

 

Don't forget that you will still have to drain down the hot and cold water, empty the toilet cistern, and to prevent the water in the toilet bowl freezing add any cheap and cheerful car antifreeze to the correct concentration.

 

Failing that you will have to leave everything as is, and leave the system thermostat at an appropriate setting  to prevent freezing on a cold spell, as mentioned by others, hoping that the gas lasts during a prolonged spell.

 

Just a note, does your site allow 365 day year round use ?

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Don't forget to check your insurance requirements - they all vary, and some are quite onerous in their requirements for winter.

You have not said how long the gap between winter visits will be, but some insurances insist that either the water is drained if being left for more than a few days in winter, OR that the heating is left on - and some want a setting of minimum  15 degrees.

Not sure if the extra insulation mentioned by Atlas for this van means BS3632 or simply EN1647 with extra insulation. If the latter, you may end up using a lot of gas in cold weather.

 

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  • 3 months later...

We fitted a Hive, not  very complicated  to fit and as we had Wi-Fi  already no extra expense.

It was really useful as you were always arriving to a warm van , in Scotland  a neccesity not a luxury!

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