Sep 222014
 
Purchasing Guide for Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat will help you bring in the power savings, but there’s a hitch: You have to select one you’ll really use. The programmable thermostat may be the VCRs in our day. Why? We believe they are too complicated.

Based on research through the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90 % of People in America say they’ve rarely (or never) programmed their thermostat since they’re unsure how to get it done. But it’s not really very difficult, which is certainly worth doing because it will save you as much as 15 % annually on energy costs.

The initial step would be to select the thermostat that most closely fits your arranging needs so that you can “place it and end forget it” a strategy the U.S. Energy Department advocates to obtain the most savings.

Choosing the right program with your thermostat:

You will find four kinds of programmable thermostats, each having a distinctive arranging style:

7-day programming -perfect for people or families with erratic agendas, as this is probably the most flexible option. It allows you program another heating/cooling agenda for each day. Average cost range: $55-$125.

5-1-1 programming Body heating/cooling agenda for a few days, plus you are able to plan a different heating/cooling arrange for Saturday or sunday. Average cost range: $35-$78.

5-2 programming – just like 5-1-1 programming, except Saturday or Sunday will have a similar heating/cooling plan. Average cost range: $28-$30.

1-week programming – you are able to only set one heating/cooling plan that’ll be repeated daily for the whole week. Average cost range: $20-$23.

TIP: Before purchasing a programmable thermostat, identify the kind of equipment in your house so that you can look for compatibility. For instance, have you got heating and cooling, or simply a furnace or baseboard heating? Otherwise, you might not reap the rewards of one’s savings and could risk doing harm to your cooling and heating equipment. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 

Many people forget about their HVAC systems until they all the sudden quit working. Then, it will become very important. It can be hard to find a good HVAC contractor. The tips here will ensure you have no issues with the process.

Before selecting a HVAC repairman, know what you need done. You might not be able to get a price quote unless you let the contractor see your current system first. You need to know how to describe any issues. You need to know this before you begin.

TIP! Don’t let your outdoor HVAC units get smothered with clippings anytime you mow the yard. Try shooting the clippings away from it.

Be aware of the type of system that is installed in your home prior to calling a contractor to fix it. Learn the brand and the model. If you have to have someone come out to repair the unit, you will be able to help the contractor understand more about what is going on.

In order to boost efficiency, place new outdoor units or move your current unit to a place which resides in the shade. As it brings in cool air to cool, you will save a lot of money.

Look for shade when placing a compressor outdoors. Your unit won’t have to work as hard to cool the inside air if the outside air it sucks from is cooler.

TIP! Get your HVAC unit serviced two times per year. Checks in the spring as well as in autumn are the best.

Your HVAC unit requires regular maintenance at least two times per each year. The ideal thing to do would be to have it checked out in the fall and spring so you’re able to figure out if everything is ready for the cold and hot months. You should have it looked at even if no problems are occurring; there could still be a problem or potential problem.

Programmable Thermostat

Turn off outdoor condenser units when weather turns cold. If the temperature drops to under 60 degrees, you risk damage to the unit if you leave it on. Doing this keeps your system working well for years and saves you from having to spend money to repair it.

TIP! If you own your own home or have permission from your landlord, replace your single pane windows with double paned versions. During the summer, the use of double-pane windows will help keep the cool air locked inside of the home.

A programmable thermostat can really help you out when it comes to your power bills. Turning down the thermostat around 10 percent for 8 hours per day can give you a 10 percent savings using the programmable thermostat. Additionally, these items can be controlled remotely through your computer.

Keep energy costs from rising by having your system serviced annually. An HVAC specialist will inspect the entire system, including the oil, the motor, and the ducts. These things will boost the performance of your system.

Keep energy costs from rising by having your system serviced annually. Make sure the person takes a look at the motor and examines the levels of freon. All of these little jobs will add up to big savings in energy use, with the improved efficiency.

TIP! If nobody is home, turn off the air conditioner to save money. When it’s off the house will get hot, but only by a certain amount.

Make sure that your AC is turned off when you are not using it. You don’t need to keep the house cool if you aren’t there. When you keep it on, you will be using electricity.

Don’t allow your home to overheat. Even the best air conditioners can only realistically cool your home approximately 20 degrees Farenheit. If your home become 100F or more, it will only cool off to about 80F. While it depends on the humidity, this is not safe for a human to sleep in to recover from the heat of the summer.

Check out how long the HVAV contractor you are considering has been in business. Companies that are established have been proven, and you can use their track record to to determine if they provide good service. If you hire someone that’s new that this then you’ll be risking your money.

Hvac Systems

The information you read in this article will educate you about different HVAC systems available. If your existing system needs to be replaced or repaired, you now know what to avoid and what you should look for. Remember the tips here to help you with HVAC systems.

Do you want to buy a new cooling and heating system? You need to know some things first. For example, the ratings on most systems describe how much space they can work to cool or heat. It’s always better to buy something just a little bit bigger, as opposed to trying something too small.

Aug 192014
 
Honeywell voice control thermostat

A programmable thermostat will help make your house much more comfortable as well as energy efficient through automatically adjusting its temperature, for example increasing the air conditioning while you are at home and turning the AC off after you leave for work or school. However all those advantages are simply possible when the programmable thermostat is easy to set up. Because of this reason ease-of-use is a crucial criteria in our tests of programmable thermostats. A number of models made our latest suggested list, such as a new product from Honeywell which is both user-friendly and revolutionary. Many other programmable thermostats still left our testers scratching their heads. Listed below are the important points.


From the time the appearance of the Nest learning thermostat in the year 2011, companies have been fighting to design the smartest programmable thermostat. Our latest review  includes voice-activated models and those with “geofencing” or the capability to track where you are and modify temperatures accordingly, for example turning up the AC right before you get home. These functions are really cool, but only as add-ons to a device that’s also really simple to use.

Because of these reasons we actually like the Honeywell RTH959OWF, which can be managed from another location via your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Its touch screen color display provides sharp contrast and its prompts are user-friendly. Additionally we had no difficulty connecting to our own Wi-Fi router or downloading the easy-to-use application. This is the industry’s very first voice-activated programmable thermostat, that we found logical and responsive. Between the tested models, the American Standard AccuLink AZone950, also satisfied our testers with its extensive touchscreen display screen and equally user-friendly controls.

In case you don’t worry about managing your home’s temperature from the mobile phone, you can save a lot by selecting a programmable thermostat model without remote access. For us, Honeywell is the obvious winner within this category. The Honeywell Prestige HD YTHX9321R, provides a remarkably sharp display and its ease-of-use rating was the best of all tested models. Its tabletop remote enables you to control thermostats in other places of the house. More affordable models from Lux and Robert Shaw also made our winners list of programmable thermostats without remote access. For more details, and reviews see our complete programmable thermostat list page.

Mar 252014
 
Honeywell RTH2300B1012

Honeywell thermostats have a worldwide reputation for both reliability and ease of use; and here is another example: Honeywell Home/Bldg Center RTH2300B1012 5/2-Day Programmable Thermostat. This programmable thermostat is a great tool for easily controlling home heating and cooling; without paying a lot of money to purchase the device. The Honeywell RTH2300B1012 Programmable Thermostat is a 5+2 Day programmable thermostat – one program for weekdays, a separate program for weekends. Maybe this is not the best programmable thermostat on the market, but definitely it does the job.

There is a known fact that I mentioned earlier in another review; many of the programmable thermostats are never being programmed. They keep running on the pre-set configuration! This particular thermostat comes with an efficient program, so you will not need to change much – if you wish :-)

Let’s look into the overall features of Honeywell RTH2300B1012:

  • One program for weekdays, a separate program for weekends-4 periods per day
  • Backlit digital display Continue reading »
Jan 302014
 
Honeywell Prestige 2.0

Honeywell thermostats have a worldwide reputation for both reliability and ease of use; and Honeywell THX9321R5030 Prestige 2.0 HD Thermostat is not an exception. This programmable thermostat is a great tool for easily controlling home heating and cooling. The Prestige thermostat is a 7 Day programmable, high definition color touch screen thermostat that practically programs itself by asking you intuitive questions instead of a manual programming interface. This thermostat’s enhanced thermostat features and extended warranty (5 years of warranty) puts this one into a different position in this game; and this can be defined as one of the best programmable thermostats in the market.

There is a known fact : many of the programmable thermostats are never being programmed. they keep running on the pre-set configuration!  The Honeywell Prestige 2.0 has “Interview-Based Programming wizard” to easily and confidently schedule thermostat temperatures and times. I am sure, the customers who has this thermostat at home, indeed program their thermostats :-)

Let’s look into the overall features of The Honeywell Prestige 2.0:

  • Date First Available May 7, 2012 (being 1,5 years in the market and having 4.4/5 stars rating is a big “plus” for me)
  • Hazmat# UN3091 Lithium metal batteries packed in / comes with the equipment (battery-powered thermostat)
  • Configurable for residential and light commercial applications
  • wifi capable (but you have to purchase the Redlink internet gateway – which connects to your router). Then you can set temperatures from anywhere by computer/phone/tablet app.
  • Controls humidification, dehumidification, or ventilation (works with RedLINK™ accessories including the RedLINK™ Internet Gateway)
  • Portable Comfort Control, Wireless Outdoor Sensor and Wireless Indoor Sensor (they don’t come with the product, needs to be purchased separately)
  • Flexible enough for many different setups; meaning Honeywell Prestige 2.0 HD Thermostat can control just about any combination of HVAC and IAQ equipment that you might have :
    • Up to 3H/2C Heat Pump & 2H/2C Conventional
      • Up to 4 Cool Conventional using the universal outputs [commercial only].
      • Up to 3 Heat Conventional using the universal outputs.
      • Up to 4 heat/2 Cool Heat Pump using the universal outputs.
      • Up to 2 stages of Geothermal Radiant Heat using the universal outputs.
  • Alerts and User Interactions Log – Keeps a searchable history
  • USB port for transferring Installer Setup, Customizable Reminders
  • Precise temperature control (± 1 F) for reliable and consistent temperature

 

Honeywell Prestige 2.0 HD Thermostat Installation and Setup

You do not need to be an expert to install Honeywell Prestige 2.0 Thermostat, especially if you already have a C power wire. Which means you need a C wire for the installation. With basic knowledge of wiring, you can do it yourself with a little bit of research. But as I usually say; better to be on the safe side : If you are not really comfortable with the installation, please hire someone for this work. Yes, hiring someone will cost you some money; but spending some money is much better than to end up with a furnace problem or -even worse- with a fire…

If you have all the required wires (including the C wire), installation is pretty easy and isn’t any harder than any other thermostat. If needed, the installation manual is available on line if you search for it (not putting the link here, cause I believe still you are looking for a thermostat to buy – not ready for the installation :-) ).

 

 

Features:

Honeywell Prestige 2.0 Thermostat comes with many features. All these small and well thought features shows us that this is a well designed programmable thermostat. Here is the features of Honeywell Prestige 2.0 Thermostat:

  • Large, easy-to-read backlit full color display shows current indoor temperature and humidity, temperature setting, date and time on the home screen. Also displays outdoor temperature and humidity on home screen (if wireless outdoor sensor is installed)
  • 7 day programmable, configurable for residential and light commercial (meets commercial code and is title 24 compliant.), up to 3 heat / 2 cool heat pump and up to 2 heat / 2 cool conventional
  • Schedule holidays and custom events, remote setback, economizer and time of day. Continue reading »
Jan 142014
 

Honeywell-RTH6580WF-Wi-Fi-7-Day-Programmable-Thermostat-0

[reminder : These reviews are from internet – from different stores’ websites. These are not my own reviews]

A good budget wifi thermostat – Could be easier to install…, April 15, 2013 (5 star)

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful

I picked up this thermostat at Lowes. I had expected to pay $150 for Honeywell’s touchscreen wifi thermostat or as much as $180 for last year’s nest. I was pleasantly surprised to see a wifi thermostat option for around $120.

I got the thing home, took down my old thermostat (which had 4 wires R, G, Y and W) and installed this one. I turned my furnace back on and… nothing. It turns out I didn’t have a “c” wire. There were 6 wires coming from the furnace but only 4 of them were used. I removed the cover from my furnace and took a look. Sure enough there was a “C” spot with nothing hooked up to it so I stripped the (unused) blue wire going to my thermostat and connected it to “C”, then went back upstairs and hooked up blue to “C”. I turned on the furnace and the thermostat woke up. I thought I was done. I was wrong.

I now had to connect to an adhoc network called “new_thermostat_somethingorother” and the only way to force my iPhone to believe it was the real internet was to go into airplane mode before choosing it. I got to the wifi setup page, picked my home wifi ssid and entered my password. I thought I was done. I was wrong.

I went to honeywell’s web site, created an account, entered my thermostat’s mac address and checksum. I then got a very nice user interface for entering on times and off times. I was impressed. I thought I was done. I was wrong. The thermostat had to download a software update. I grow sick of buying stuff new and the first thing it has to do when it gets on the internet is send me away for up to half an hour while it updates its firmware. When the firmware update was over I thought I was done. I was wrong. Continue reading »

Jan 132014
 

Honeywell-RTH6580WF-Wi-Fi-7-Day-Programmable-Thermostat-0

If you are planning to buy a wifi thermostat and that’s why thinking that you need to pay $180+, I have good news for you; the Honeywell RTH6580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat costs only about 110 USD (to be exact; as of January 13th – it is $114.99 at Amazon). $110 is not cheap of course if you compare to other regular thermostats, however if you consider the flexibility of wifi access, this is a good deal.

The Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat, RTH6580WF allows you to control the comfort of your home from anywhere – if you have internet access. The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to control the thermostat from a computer, tablet or smartphone by using the free Honeywell Total Connect Comfort App.

This universal thermostat has a large, easy-to-read push-button display with pre-programmed energy-saving schedule and a real time clock that keeps the time during a power failure with an option to automatically update the time for daylight savings. The 7-day programming provides maximum flexibility for the ones who doesn’t have a regular schedule and can save up to 33 percent on annual heating and cooling costs. The Smart Response Technology continually adjusts the heating and cooling of your home to ensure comfort at your programmed times. The thermostat has a 1-degree Fahrenheit range of accuracy, a secure alarmnet network and it automatically downloads software updates to ensure it’s always up-to-date.

Let’s go into the details.

Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

The programmable thermostat is designed to help you save on the cost of heat (or cooling) by resetting the temperature settings for periods when you do not need it to be as warm (or cool) as when you are in the house and active or when you are away for extended times.The aim is to increase your comfort level, while decreasing the energy costs.

For example, during the night while you are asleep the temperature can be set lower (like about 62 degrees), because you’re in bed and under the covers. Shortly before your normal wake up time, say around 6:00 or so, you’ll want the temperature setting to be raised so you can arise to a warm house (like 68 or 70 degrees). Most people will be out the door and gone to work and school around 7:30 or 8:00 and since no one will be in the house the temperature can reset to a lower temp (like 62 again). If you’re going to get home in the early evening, say 5:30 or 6:00, the temperature can be reset shortly before you arrive home again so you can come home to a warm home ( 68 or 70 again) and stay warm right up until bedtime when the process can begin again. Not every home will be empty during the work day. Some of the family members may stay at home members in which case you won’t want to use the reset during the day.

Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 
Honeywell RTH6450D1009

I will continue the programmable thermostat reviews with a cheaper, but still powerful model today, “Honeywell RTH6450D1009 5-1-1-Day Programmable ThermostatHoneywell RTH6450D1009 Programmable Thermostat. This thermostat has all required functions as a programmable thermostat :

  • user friendly display (easy to to program)
  • different settings for weekdays – saturday and sunday
  • 4 program periods per day
  • ENERGY STAR rated
  • back-lit display (so, you can use it even at night – when no lights are on)
  • shows room and set temperature on the screen
  • Smart Response Technology (detailed explanation below)
  • Easy access battery compartment (you don’t need to remove the cover or remove the thermostat from the wall to change the batteries)

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a thermostat and only want to have a programmable one, Honeywell RTH6450D1009 is for you. Or maybe you want to have a fancier model for your living room (either Nest Learning Thermostat, or Venstar T5800), and have this one for the basement (if you have multi-zone heating / cooling). It is easy to install, easy to program, and does the work properly. Here is more detailed review.

Honeywell RTH6450D1009 5-1-1 Programmable Thermostat

Honeywell RTH6450D1009 5-1-1 Programmable Thermostat

Honeywell RTH6450D1009 Installation and Setup

You can install this unit in 15 minutes with a Phillips screwdriver and a mini-Flathead screwdriver; it takes 30 minutes at most if you give a break during the process :-) It is so unbelievably simple – especially if you have 2 wired system. Once you opened the existing thermostat, label the wires based on where they are hooked to the current thermostat and reconnect them to the new unit. Very simple, very easy to accomplish. I believe; if you can physically turn a screwdriver, you can install this unit. Continue reading »

Jan 022014
 
Venstar T5800

Currently more and more people are looking for the best programmable thermostat that can do the work properly – which stands for enhancing the comfort level at home or office, and also providing the most savings on the monthly energy bills. And at the same time, people are looking for the beauty on the devices. With the information below you will understand why Venstar T5800 Venstar T5800 is considered to be one of the best programmable thermostats currently available on the market. That’s why this thermostat has the highest rating on Amazon under Programmable Thermostats section – it has got 4.7 out of 5 stars, which is awesome!

Venstar T5800

Venstar T5800

Venstar T5800

Venstar T5800

The current programmable thermostats try to give you more control over your heating/cooling whether you’re at home or away and help you monitor the amount of money you’re burning with energy bills. One of the popular one is Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation, that I already wrote a detailed review. Today, I will try to do the same with Venstar T5800 thermostat.

Venstar T5800 Installation and Setup

Installing the thermostat is pretty straight forward. If you are a little handy, you can do the installation yourself easily. However, if you are not really sure about the process, you can definitely call one of your handy friends to help (:-) ) or your HVAC contractor for help. The process shouldn’t be longer than half an hour.

I want to mention an important point for the installation; the Venstar T5800 requires a 24-volt “common” wire to its C terminal because the thermostat needs a constant supply. You may not know if you have C wire or not at the beginning. That’s why, pay close attention to the wiring when you are removing the old thermostat. When you remove the old one, put labels to each wire so you will not get confused with the new ones installation. If you don’t have a C wire; there are couple options : Either to run an additional wire, or you can purchase the optional Add-A-Wire accessory from Venstar to complete the installation.

Venstar T5800 wiring installation

Venstar T5800 wiring installation

Even though I don’t read the documentation usually, I always appreciate good one… If I need to read, it is much better to have a detailed documentation. Venstar provides an illustrated, 57-page booklet with both a table of contents and an index. Venstar gets a big plus from me for this :-) If you want to have a quick look of the Venstar T5800  user manual / installation instructions, here it is : Venstar_T5800_owners_manual_and_installation_instructions

Venstar T5800 Features

I will divide the Venstar T5800 feature list into 2 parts:

  • first part covers the usual features that you expect from a programmable thermostat
  • and the second part of this list covers the special features Continue reading »