Disclosure: I received the Honeywell Thermostat in exchange for posting an honest review. I received no other compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It was bound to happen. My smartphone is clearly smarter than me. My kids, light years smarter than me. My cat, well he does get me to get up and fed him in the middle of the night, so who is the sucker in that equation? While it has felt like everything around me was getting smarter, at least I had comfort in knowing that the old boring thermostat on the wall would never be smarter than me. Right???
Yes, it is true – I am smarter than the old thermostat I had on my wall…but the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (RTH9580WF), yep this is smarter than me as well. A thermostat with Wi-Fi? Is this just some gimmick? I mean, we’re not supposed to check our email on the Thermostat now, right?
What Makes A Thermostat So Smart?
No, the idea is not to check your email on the Wi-Fi Thermostat – the idea is to be able to control the climate in your house from any location and even better, have the thermostat learn how to keep your house in your desired temperature range. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat replaces your old Thermostat and promises to save you money by learning the heating and cooling cycles of your house.
Smart and Good Looking? That Is An Awesome Combination
While the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is indeed smart, the first thing we noticed when taking it out of the box is how good looking it is –
The Thermostat is a sleek touch screen device that is beautifully designed. The dark blue above doesn’t match your bedroom? How about this –
Or maybe this one –
You get the idea. The Thermostat has a completely customizable color touchscreen interface.
A Long List of Features For A Thermostat
So we have established that the Honeywell Wi-Fi-Smart Thermostat has the good looks, but what about the brains? Here are some of the key features that make this Thermostat so smart…
- Control From Anywhere Using A Smartphone, Tablet or Computer
- Simple Setup, Ability to Program Each Day to Fit Your Unique Schedule
- Customizable Color Touchscreen – Match Your Room or Mood
- Smart, Flexible Temperature Setting Schedules – Keep Energy Cost Down
- Smart Response, Learns Your Schedule and Heats and Cools Appropriately
- Auto Alerts, Receive Notifications In Extreme Temperature Change Situations
- Works Even If WiFi Network Is Down
- Locking Touchscreen, Keep Kids From Playing With The Settings
Step One, Make Sure Your System Is Compatible With the Thermostat
While the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a great device, it will not work in every home. If you are interested in the Honeywell Thermostat, please visit this page and check if your home is compatible. There is a very clear checklist which will determine if you have the necessary wiring to be able to use the Thermostat.
Step Two, Install the Thermostat
While I am a Dad and should be more handy around the house, this step had me a little concerned. Luckily, Honeywell provides very clear videos and user guides that take you through the whole installation process. You can check out the Installation videos here and you will see how clear they are.
To give you a taste of how easy the installation is, here is one of the videos that shows everything step by step –
Step 3, Program and Enjoy
The real fun starts to happen in Step 3. Once you have the Thermostat connected, you start to experience the “smart” in the Thermostat. You can program just about every heating and cooling scenario- which is very easy to do with the touch screen. Take the coolness up another level when you download the Honeywell App.
With the app, you can control your temperature settings from anywhere. Heading home early on a hot summer afternoon and want the house at 68 degrees the moment you step in the door – no problem! While your basic schedule can be setup on the Thermostat, the app is great for controlling the temperature when your schedule changes unexpectedly.
One of the coolest features of the Thermostat is that it can send alerts to your phone. So, let’s say we are on a family vacation for a week and I suddenly get an alert that the temperature in my house is 50 degrees! I know something has gone wrong – broken window, boiler burst, the abominable snowman broke in… clearly something has gone wrong. I can then have a neighbor check on the house. This feature could be a real lifesaver.
The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Wins With Brains and Beauty
Once you experience the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, there is no going back to the “old” thermostats. The Honeywell Thermostat looks great, is easy to operate and by learning your heating and cooling cycles can save you money. If you do a lot of traveling, you will love the ability to control the temperature via an app and be notified if there are extreme temperature changes.
The only negatives on the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is price and compatibility. The Thermostat sells for about $224, which is obviously a good deal more than a standard thermostat. The other negative is that not every house is compatible with this Thermostat. You need to have power running into the Thermostat, and some older houses may not have the wiring.
Overall, if you are looking for a smart and beautiful Thermostat, that can be controlled from anywhere, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (RTH 9580WF) is an excellent choice.
Visit the Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat Page to Learn More
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