Help with thermostat?

Hi there, my new house has a thermostat with heat/cold, fan on/auto, and then normal/emergency heat. Is this a regular thermostat I can pick up at home depot?
If its important, the house has forced air electric heat with a heat pump.
I want to change the thermostat as it has no timer, its on or off and that's it.
Thanks
Dean
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You will need to get a heat pump thermostat.
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Ok! Thanks!
Dean
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First of all, Decentcy Advocate is Dave, a fool who would love you to believe he knows what he is talking about.
Second, Home Depot carries the consumer line of Honeywell heat pump thermostat.
Third, with a heat pump, you do not want a set back, or a programmable style thermostat. You want to pick a temp, and LEAVE it.
When you turn the heat back, and them back up more than 4F on most stats, 2 on others, you will automatically tell the unit to go into stage 1 and stage 2 heat.....giving up any supposed savings you have thought you had.
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On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 21:11:59 -0500, "Steve@carolinabreezehvac"

Steve my honeywell digital thermostat has smart recovery. I have it set at 64 at night and the wake period is 68. Emergency heat never comes on.
Barry
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Depending on the model you have, (notice I said most stats) it will have a delay that you can program in, and more features that unless you have the master catalog for repair, you cant, but anyway,if thats the case, you either have a short recovery time, and the stat never reaches the limit on time to start the strips, or, you have done like we do, and installed an outdoor stat that controls the strips..either way, nice to know, but we do tell everyone that buys a standard, no frills, setback stat, that information so that they are aware that its possible. With the outdoor stat, its not an issue unless the temps are below setpoint anyway.
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I added a enable / disable switch at the air handler--( this is that Lennox POS, not the Luxaire )....so in the rare event I want to 'allow' a thermostat or heatpump ( during defrost ) call for auxillary heat to activate the heat strips, I can always set that switch to the 'enabled' position....
Actually its a spst switch, and when it's in the 'disabled' position, *any* call for auxillary heat instead activates a relay that turns on separate water source heat pump--but that's a different story altogether and I probly shouldnt elaborate further on it here, being something thats probly beyond the scope of the vast majority of homeowners.
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This is Turtle.
He probley has a outdoor thermostat set to not let the strips come on below a certain temp. . When I install a heat pump system I will put the outdoor thermostat set at 30F and if it is not under 30F Outdoors, it will hold the heat strips off till it gets below 30F and just let the heat pump work on the load. Now if I go to back up electric strips at thermostat then the outdoor thermostat will be over riden and let them work. Now the O.D. thermostat setting can be set anywhere the customer wants it and some customers will want it to go on down to 20F before they will let the strips come in.
Now like you was thinking here. About 3/4 of all heat pumps will have the heat strips come in at 3F less than the set point of the thermostat and burn the hell out of that electricity by doing so. You should see a electric meter go into Spin Shock when it is 45F in the house and running a 20 KW back up and the heat pump too and you got it set at 70F. I totally believe what you say is very true but getting this thought over to the public is a very strange task to do. I guess all the public thinks they have a outdoor thermostat and is not buring the hell out of that electricity. Now I will say this also, I have just about give up tring to tell the public what you say for they always have a better electric bill to show by setting temperature way back on these heat pumps.
TURTLE
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ITs a heat pump thermostat and you wont find them at Home DePot. You could possibly order one thru the Internet, or, buy one from a local hvac dealer. Ask for a :" Programmable Electronic Heat Pump Thermostat' .
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UNEDUCATED FUNDY HACK ALERT
Have you been smoking some of "De Pot" at home, Dave?
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Decency Advocate wrote:

Home Depot (where I live, anyway) is now carrying the Honeywell Vision line's retail model
http://content.honeywell.com/yourhome/ptc-thermostats/RTH8500.asp.
It requires batteries and doesn't have auto changeover. Otherwise, it is similar to the TH8110.
HTH.
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