Any recommendations for a programmable thermostat? Currently I have a
Bryant brand, non programmable connected to a gas furnace (no AC). What I
am looking for, if possible, is something that can have multiple (well, 2)
programs per day. For example -- turn the heat on 20 min before I wake up,
shut off after 2 hours (I could do this manually before heading out the
door, but would be nice if it could be done programmatically reducing the
chance of leaving the furnace on all day) and then come back on 20 min
before I come home from work. Any comments on Honeywell brand? How
accurate is the thermostat? I'm finding even though the Bryant says it's 71
or 72 deg. it's around 67 or 68 (compared using a digital thermometer setup
right next to the thermostat).
While poking my nose around, I'm finding "7-day" programmable and "5-1-1"
programmable. I'm assuming 7-day refers to 7 individual programmable days
while the 5-1-1 is a single week day program (5 days) and then two other
programs for the weekend. Am I correct?
Thanks to all in advance.
Your assumptions are correct. I personally recommend programmable
I will not recommend any specific model or brand since I don't have
enough personal experience to offer any real help. The two I have had (one
Honeywell and one Hunter) both have worked well.
I hate name dropping because they dont pay me to advertise their
products but Id stick with a Honeywell or White-Rogers.
Hunter and Lux are cheap pieces of shit. Ive yanked more of their
garbage off of customers walls than any other brands.
There is also a "5-2" day programmable stat. Battery and non-battery
Just research what all the bells and whistles do.
I had a Hunter for many years, but it was very difficult to change from
heating to cooling cycles.
So I got an El Cheapo unit, a Lux, from Home Depot.
Worked very well for me. Can program for 4 changes per day, two on the
weekend. If you're not off on the weekend, you just lie to it on what day it
After I had mine for over a year, I put one in my mother's house, and she is
comfortable on using it, switching over for seasons, etc.
Now, if you'd like to pay double the price, get a Honeywell.
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Most newer ones have up to 4 settings per day
(Morning-Day-Evening-Night). Their weekly settings can be 7 day (every
day the same), 5-2 (Mon-Fri the same, Sat and Sun the same), 5-1-1
(Mon-Fri the same, Sat and Sun different), and probably every other
configuration that the on board computer chip can handle.
I have a programmable Honeywell, and also two programmable Sears
thermostats that I bought at least 15 years ago, and they work basically
and equally the same ( 4 daily settings, 5-2 days).
Honeywell is the leading thermostat manufacturer - in addition to their own
brand they make the thermostats for the majority of the world's HVAC
companies. Reason: best performance (maintainence of temperature within 1
degree) and low in-the-field failure rate.
I like the new VisionPro line - since you have no A/C you could use the
heat-only model. It is available online or at selected HD stores. Here's
the interactive demo.
I suggest a Honeywell, although there may be others that
work as well. I definitely don't recomment Lux. I have
had 2 different Lux models, one a straight electronic
thermostat and one programmable, and they both failed
within about a year. The straight thermostat burned up,
and the programmable got extremely unstable. That was
when I went and paid the extra and got a Honeywell.
My house had several old Hunter stats, probably 10+ years old. They all
worked perfectly but didn't have all the features I wanted. so i just
replaced all with the 7 day programmable Hunter with Indiglo backlight.
Very nice units. Easy to program, plenty of features. No complaints.
'Any comments on Honeywell brand? How accurate is the thermostat? '
Virtually all of the electronic programmable thermostats are accurate to
within 1 f. Honneywell is ok but i prefer SaverStat 9600 model --
easier to program and comes with the longest warranty on the market : 5
years unconditional .
'While poking my nose around, I'm finding "7-day" programmable and
"5-1-1" programmable. I'm assuming 7-day refers to 7 individual
programmable days while the 5-1-1 is a single week day program (5 days)
and then two other programs for the weekend. Am I correct?
Thanks to all in advance.
Correct. Most people do not need a 7 day individual program unless you
work different hours or unless you go to bed earlier/later on tuesdays
and thursdays :)
Almost any new digital thermostat is programmable. I prefer the
units. I just replace my old one with a new honeywell 8000 series
thermostat. (bought it off ebay for cheap) Real sweet thermostat!
Take a look at their website. Lowes is selling them too nowadays.
Stores devoted to homeowners sell what people want to buy. Local plumbing
supply may carry only one or two brands. Contractors are often looking for
cheap, not what is best for the customer. If they could sell more of the
non-programmable, they would carry more of them. If you feel otherwise, OK
with me, but I doubt you can come up with total sales figures to back up
your statement. I believe what I see over what someone on a newsgroup tells
Geez, I said MOST. I know not all digitals are programmable.
Almost wonder why the would even offer digital non programmable ones
in the first place. Cut that line of the non programmable's and offer
a real cheapo programmie.
Oh well, some contractors are ultra cheap I guess there is then a
If you want to do this on the REAL cheap, just buy one off of
ebay. Lots and LOTS of programmable units, some new and under
10.00 (plus a couple of bucks shipping)
Personally I would spend the money on a quality brand.
C'mon, a whole bunch of VCR's don't have their time set
because the owner doesn't know how.
There are plenty of technophobes that would refuse to get
a particular thermostat if it was listed as 'programmable'.
I would buy only Honeywell, but that's because I've had no
problems with mine and others brands seem to have problems.
Try to keep it as simple as problem. Mine has 4
temperatures per day for 5 working days and 2 temperatures
per day for 2 days. I.e. Monday through Friday, temp at
get up, temp at leave for work, temp at return, temp at
bedtime time you you program, Sat and Sun temp get up. temp
go to bed.
Buy one in the $50-$60 range, you'll be amazed at how much
more comfortable they keep your home.
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