Every so often something new comes out on the market that is so cool it’s worth taking a look at.
Well, I knew about these thermostats for a while now but the price was a little far-fetched to justify replacing one for no reason. However, the day came when old trusty stop working. But wouldn’t you know it, it happened on the coldest day.
So off to the store to buy a new one. I the back of my head I knew I wanted to, at least, look at them. So I decided to go with the Honeywell brand. It’s a Wi-Fi Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat. On the box, it shows how I can connect via a smartphone to adjust the thermostat from anywhere I had phone service.
So now the install. I just can’t say enough on how easy the setup was, after the install I’m talking about and just how many options I have. More with that later. Let’s get with the install, shall we?
Turn the power off to your heater. This is usually done by a switch with a red cover. Maybe near the basement stairs!
Ok now let’s remove the old thermostat. Pay real good attention to the wires. You may only have two wires say for just heat. But for those of us that have central AC will five wires. If they are colored-coded and they are in the right spot great.
Y = Yellow, R= Red, W=White, G=Green, and in these pictures B=Blue and also our common wire. It’s always a good idea to take a picture of the wires before you remove them.
I found this part very different than other programmable thermostats. The new Honeywell only uses a small watch-type battery where others use two or more AA batteries. I also learned because of this that the watch battery is only for the memory and not the operation of the thermostat. Very cool because I don’t have to worry about the battery going dead on a cold night.
Ok, now since this thermostat is Wi-Fi we need to set it up to our internet. Don’t worry the people over at Honeywell made sure it was easy to do. As per their instructions, they say to use a computer. They ask you to change your wireless connection to the thermostat. And to my surprise there it was in my list of networks. All I had to do was change the connection to the thermostat, don’t worry it’s labeled “New Thermostat” and bam a window pops up Then look at your thermostat
Ok, this is where the cool get cool. You’ll have to go online to their website and create a FREE account. Then it will ask you to input the mac id and CRC numbers, these are the numbers made just for your thermostat. input the info and bam you’re connected This is so cool
This is the best part. Any thermostat I’ve ever installed you had to program it right at the thermostat itself. Very hard to see and understand for the most part. But with everything right in front of you on your computer screen, it makes it way easier to do and most of all understand.
And that’s it. Oh don’t forget about you can get the app for the iPhone or Android so you get to set anything you want no matter where you are. It’s so cool.
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