Blogathon 01/16: Hot (and cold) under the collar

When we bought this house we inherited a number of ‘features’.

We have improved some of these ‘features’ by throwing them in to one of the many skips that have graced the driveway over the last six months.

Other ‘features’ have been improved by updating the thinking behind them by 20> years.

Even more ‘features’ have been improved by getting professional tradesmen in and throwing large sums of money at them, to do things in a safe and legal manner.

However one ‘feature’ has remained impervious to my many attempts of improvement.

The central heating remote control timer/thermostat unit.

The fact that this remote control unit can’t distinguish between working days and weekends is incredibly short-sighted.

And unfixable.

Similarly, the fact that one can set a ‘switch on’ or ‘heat up’ for 05.30, but can’t set a ‘switch off’ or ‘cool down’ for anything after 07.59 is incredibly bonkers.

In a nutshell, the Bosch Worcester DT10RF Programmer is relatively unprogrammable.

In 2013 one brave soul ran in to the same problems, and fought his way around them by building his own.

That is a brilliant – and low-cost – solution.

But it’s not within my capabilities.

I shall do some more reading on the subject and, while reading, save up for a little while and buy a Nest.

Because the Nest seems to be a piece of technology that appears to have been built so that people can tell it what they want, not (as in the case of the Bosch Worcester DT10RF Programmer), a piece of technology that exists to tell people what they can’t do.

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2 Responses to Blogathon 01/16: Hot (and cold) under the collar

  1. Masher says:

    The Nest is a nice piece of kit, but it’s not without it’s problems. Same as BG’s Hive.
    I replaced our old Drayton (looked a lot like the Worcester DT10RF but wasn’t wireless) with a simple Siemens RD100 (the wiring was already in place) and it does the trick nicely.

    After reading his post, I think I may have a man crush on Stephen Hale!

    • Brennig says:

      Stephen Hale is truly a Geek Amongst Geeks. Interesting to hear of your experiences and thoughts. Thank you. I shall ponder more.