A Simplistic Wireless Thermostat
As you go through the reviews on my website I can forgive you for being confused. This is especially true if you’re looking for a device that will do that little bit more than just allow you to adjust the temperature up and down in your home, or indeed the office.
I have done my best to make sure I have chosen products that will suit all types of people, from those of you who prefer the “simple” things in life to those of you who prefer the “all singing, all dancing” thermostats.
The one I’m going to review on this page is the Honeywell 7 Day Programmable Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat, and this model kind of sits in the middle when it comes to the type of technology.
I happen to think it’s a great starter model for people who are fed-up of being kicked out of bed in the middle of the night because it’s too hot, or have decided that waking up to a house that’s too cold is something they shouldn’t have to put up with anymore. It’s also a great option for a business premises and this largely lies with the fact that it has Wi-Fi capability which I will deal with in more detail later in the review.
What I would like to start with is the one question everyone wants to know the answer to.
Installation and System Compatibility
The one thing I have learned during my journey with thermostats (and I have been guilty of this) is that many of us forget that some thermostats will not work with the type of heating or cooling system you have. If you think about it, there are a plethora of systems out there and it would be impossible for any manufacturer to say a thermostat will work with all of them.
With this one, you have to make sure your system has a ‘C’ wire (more on that on this page) and you must also make sure that your system is 24 volt. Once you have this confirmed, it’s good news to know this thermostat will work with most heating and cooling systems such as oil, gas, electric, heat pump, hydronic and forced air. It can also be used with one and two stage systems.
Honeywell has tried to make physical installation as easy as possible by including all the hardware you need, and they also provide labels so you can tell which wire goes with which letter. However what I will say is that if you’re a novice with this type of home improvement, it might be wise to get some professional help.
I would guess that one of the main reasons you’re considering this model of thermostat is because it has Wi-Fi capability. It’s not the only model on the market that has this but this one is probably the cheapest of them all.
Once installed, you can connect to your wireless internet connection. Honeywell will then be able to send you various updates so your thermostat is always using the latest software (be prepared for this to happen the minute you’ve installed so there might be some waiting time before you can program it).
You can also download the app associated with this model (‘total connect comfort’ which can be used for all Honeywell WiFi thermostats, and available for iOS and Android), and there is currently no monthly subscription to use it. What this feature means is you can program the thermostat and receive extreme temperature alerts which are very useful if you have pets home alone, or expensive equipment that might be affected in a workplace.
It will work with a variety of mobile devices and if you have more than one of these thermostats, you can control them all from the same app and it will allow you to have multi-zone temperature programs.
Other Important Features
Programming is one of the most important features, and this unit is pretty much standard in that respect. You have the option for 7 day programming so you can pre-set your schedule for each day of the week, and within each day you can choose up to four different periods. It also comes with a very handy pre-programmed energy saving schedule which helps save money on your bills.
Smart Response Technology is something else you can expect from this thermostat and if you’re new to this term it means the device will learn how long it takes for your system to heat or cool your home to the desired temperature.
Sometimes there might be a need for you to pause the programmed schedule. For instance if you’re away from your workplace or you intend to be away from home for a few days. In which case, you can make use of the hold option which will stop the thermostat from “kicking in”.
The unit itself is fairly basic in design but with an easy to read backlit LED display that shows the current indoor temperature, what setting is selected and of course a number of other important “at a glance” settings.
If you’re looking for an affordable thermostat that has wireless capability so you can control the temperature at home or your place of business remotely, and you don’t want too much in the way of technology overload this thermostat is well worth a closer look.
If you’re undecided about which type of wireless thermostat will suit you best, rather than have you read through all the reviews I have here you can check the wireless thermostat comparison page I have for you (click). This page pin-points all the major features of each model I have chosen to include on my website, and will hopefully make your job a lot easier.
If you already know you would like this thermostat or you’re interested in finding out what type of discounts you can expect on price, feel free to take a look at Amazon.