May 212014
 
Honeywell-Wi-Fi-Smart-Thermostat

These days Best Programmable Thermostats, come in two varieties: round and rectangular (everyone knows which ones are round ones :-) ). But we don’t care much about the shape, we are focusing more on programmable thermostats’ smart features. With characteristics such as electronic and touch screens, humidity sensors and even some which learn your own habits (these kind of smart thermostats can program themselves). Today I will write another review for Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.

 

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Features (Model number RTH9580WF)

Control from anyplace: Honeywell’s mobile application lets you program your thermostat from any internet connected device (your computer, tablet or smartphone), regardless if you are in another room or in another continent.

Easy Setup: The Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat’s easy setup walks you through a few questions to really get your 7-day program uploaded and functioning and help you save money fast

Personalized Color Touchscreen: The bright, easy-to-read thermostat screen can be customized to match your paint, or support your favorite team

Smart and Flexible Scheduling: The Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat provides flexible programming choices for commercial and household needs

Smart Response: Honeywell wi-fi smart thermostat actually finds out your own heating and air conditioning schedules to provide the ideal temperature, right when you need it

Advanced Fan/Comfort Control: This programmable thermostat enhances air flow so it helps control the temperature throughout your house

Auto Alerts: Excessive temperature notifications and filter replace reminders are delivered to your linked devices and are visible on your Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat, which means that you may be home or away, you will never miss an alert

Reliable Mobile application: Honeywell mobile application is available for iOS and Android devices

Indoor Humidity Sensor: Your interior humidity is shown on the screen

Locking Touchscreen: Enhanced locking capabilities and password options make available intelligent security and convenience (kids or your guests won’t be able to change the settings anymore)

Compatibility: Compatible with heating, cooling and heat pumps. However, does not work with heat pumps with electric baseboard heat (120-240V)

The thermostat comes with the following items:

 

Installation and Setup

I have to acknowledge, the Honeywell wi-fi smart thermostat was a little smaller than I had expected. The thermostat’s dimensions are 3 3/8 inch tall x 4 1/2 inch wide x 1 7/8 inch thick. This programmable thermostat is not the smallest thermostat out there, but yet definitely not the biggest.

The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is created to be used having a 5 power line setup since the thermostat is actually operated by the HVAC system’s power instead of batteries. Still you can use with a four wire setup however it requires some re-wiring on the control board and also the loss of independent fan control, which means that you will need to keep this in mind.

A quick tip: We noticed when researching the four wire setup was the web address provided for video help in the quick start manual wasn’t correct. That’s why I add useful Honeywell wifi thermostat videos in here:

Determine your home’s heating & cooling system type

Watch this video to determine if your home’s heating and cooling system is compatible with a Honeywell Wi-Fi programmable thermostat.

Install your thermostat

With that being said, the 5 wire set up was a pretty hassle-free procedure. As explained inside the manual, basically, you remove your old thermostat and wall plate (if there is any), install the new wall plate, connect the wires and put the thermostat to the wall plate.

Watch this video first before the installation of Honeywell Smart Thermostat. The video explains how to determine the type of wiring you have, how to remove your existing thermostat, and how to install your new Wi-Fi smart thermostat if you have a C-wire. If you do not have a C-wire, you’ll be directed to videos for installations with other wiring options.

Connect Your Thermostat

Right after connecting all the required wires and turning the HVAC power on it was time to connect with the wireless network. Setup is easy, simply go through the on-screen directions and you’ll be advised once the programmable thermostat is linked. After connected you’ll be able to program your thermostat through the touchscreen or computer/mobile device.

Watch this video after you’ve installed your new Wi-Fi smart thermostat. This video explains how to connect your new Wi-Fi smart thermostat to your home wireless network.

Register Your Thermostat

Watch this video after successfully connecting your new Wi-Fi smart thermostat to your home wireless network. This video explains how to create a Honeywell Total Connect Comfort account with which you’ll be able to remotely view and set your Wi-Fi smart thermostat.

Alternate Wiring Videos for Honeywell Wi-fi Smart Thermostat

Watch this video if you do not have a C-wire, but you do have an extra wire in your bundle. This video explains how to use the extra wire to power your Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat.

 

Watch this video if you do not have a C-wire or an extra wire in your bundle. This video demonstrates an alternative option to power your Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat.

 

Special Features

An attractive feature with this programmable thermostat in addition to the connectivity is the capability to change the display color to suit your home decor or feeling (or to match your favourite team colors). Along with a number of pre-specified colors and the choice to make your personal customized colors virtually anybody can find a color selection to match them. Modifying the coloring is actually as simple as looking to the menu and choosing the choice to do so.

Customized scheduling is really a function that has become crucial in today’s programmable thermostats (regardless they are smart or not). The capability to alter the temperature at your residence only a few degrees when you are not home often means big financial savings on electric or gas bill. Personalized scheduling can be performed through the thermostat or on the web interface (or mobile app).

The function which forced me want to test this programmable thermostat was the computer user interface. The ability to check the temperature when you are out of town or to adjust the scheduling remotely is a great feature to me. To connect with the thermostat through your pc go into the web page listed in the quick start guide and go through the steps. Essentially you generate a free account, complete the necessary information and after that hook up to your Honeywell thermostat by using the MAC ID and a MAC CRC. Honeywell provides these numbers on a Thermostat ID Card. Once signed up and linked you’ll be able to setup your thermostat and a schedule.

Honeywell also offers mobile apps for iOS (apple devices) and Android devices where you can gain access to your thermostat from anywhere you want to. To utilise these all you will have to perform is download the free mobile application for your gadget and sign in to the site with your login and password which you previously created. The mobile app is absolutely beneficial if you are coming back home earlier then your usual schedule or going to be out through the night and want to modify the thermostat’s schedule.

 

Conclusion

So what’s the bottom line here? At about $200 (as of May 2014) the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is on par or even a little lower price wise with compatible smart thermostats of its type. The display size is nice, the touch pad is successful and also the included capabilities are perfect. I’m a big fan of the internet connectivity and the capability to set and alter the thermostats programming from anywhere.

The single negative I can tell (and it is not unique to Honeywell) is basically that you need to do some creative or rewiring for older properties with 4 cable systems. In my view this should not really discourage anybody from having this (or any of the newer 5 wire thermostats), simply because in this times when new HVAC systems are certainly more efficient you would like to be able to utilize the financial savings you can gain.

Everything being said, I really like and enjoy this Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.

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May 022014
 
honeywell's nest
honeywell's nest

honeywell’s nest

Do you have any idea what’s this we have here?

It looks a lot like a Nest programmable smart thermostat, and the only difference is that Honeywell brand name. Not much details yet, but this picture came from the Facebook page of a Honeywell employee. Or maybe soon-to-be-former Honeywell employee.

Honeywell has its own smart thermostats. They look like regular old thermostats, maybe a little larger and with touch screens, except they’re wifi enabled and mobile app controlled. This, if it is a real picture, is a very clear design change, one that looks very informed by Nest. Apparently gizmodo reached out to Honeywell for comment, and this is the response that they got:

We don’t comment on rumor and speculation – we have no comment at this time.

What do you think? Could this be a real product?

Feb 272014
 
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Honeywell thermostats have a worldwide reputation for both reliability and ease of use; and Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is not an exception. This programmable wi-fi thermostat is a great tool for easily controlling home heating and cooling. Thermostat giant Honeywell created this particular Wi-Fi enabled product in direct response to the revolutionary Nest Learning Thermostat.

So, what makes Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat unique and better(or worse) than Nest?

In short, the Honeywell provides much more predictable design and style features, a significantly busier home display, and, in some cases, a bit more complicated set-up process. There are several additional minor deviations between models, but the design, style and set up will be the primary deal breakers. In which the Nest product packaging is quite like that of an Apple company product, (which has very good details; that I mentioned in my Nest review) the Honeywell is relatively no-frills. I would suggest the Honeywell Wi-Fi  Thermostat to anybody who values traditional design and doesn’t require hand-holding through the installation.

This Honeywell is really a a bit sleeker  version of the older  thermostat you most likely have at your home currently. On the home screen, the thermostat displays the date, time, the indoor / outdoor humidity and temperature, and up and down arrows so that you can adjust the temperature manually. If your current thermostat is bigger than this model and  since it doesn’t come with different size base plates, you may end up with clearly visible paint job on all sides after the installation.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is currently #2 at Amazon Best Programmable Thermostat ranking (right after the famous Nest). I think we can consider that this is one of the best programmable thermostats in the market.

Let’s look into the overall features of Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat: Continue reading »