Installing a programmable thermostat is not unlike installing any other thermostat for your HVAC system. The key is to get the right thermostat for your HVAC system. And to make sure it is wired properly. Many thermostat manufacturers provide detailed installation instructions with their thermostats to make sure you have all the information you need to install the thermostat properly. Sometimes the instructions that come with the new thermostat can be vague or even confusing and that is what we want to help you with here at High Performance HVAC. Please see our other articles for installing thermostats on our other pages to help you with your thermostat installation. Below are some good tips and detailed instructions on installing your new programmable thermostat. And don't forget after the new tstat is installed you still have to program it.
Honeywell VisionPro Heat Pump Thermostat Question: Richard, I have a Honeywell Vision Pro Programmable Thermostat. I was wondering how I can program the settings to save money? It was recently installed six months ago and I want to make sure it is programmed to get the best out of it for a heat pump. At this point I do not believe I have saved money and was told I could save 10% or more with a programmable thermostat. Please help me with the appropriate settings and give me some insight that would help me save money. Thank you and I look forward to your answer.
The VisionPro can save you money but with all things being relative the temperatures this year can be colder than the temperatures last year so the system would run more thereby costing you more money.
This thermostat is sure to save you some money in energy costs if you can get over the initial retail cost which is currently unavailable. Taking it a step further you can make some control changes to your appliances and hook them up to this thermostat so you can program on and off schedules for the appliances. We’re not talking about just your air conditioning and heating system either…………from your refrigerator freezer to your water heater to your lighting it can all be intelligently controlled and monitored. In my humble opinion it will definitely change your utility bill. Here are some of the key features that will help you save energy.
Smart Wi-Fi that has the ability to communicate with the new smart meters many utilities are installing including gas and electric meters. These new meters have the ability to send real time data to the utility companies to monitor usage.
has Windows CE 6.0 R3 as the operating system with an Intel Atom processor which takes this smart device well beyond the average home thermostat you can pick up at the hardware store.
has a 7 inch touch screen and features a Smart Energy In-Home Display (IHD) so you can monitor the stat and the amount of energy your home is consuming at any given time of the day.
The Wi-Fi allows it to communicate with your home network and internet services for remote monitoring.
7 day programmable capabilities that works with a calender and scheduled alarm notices so you don’t forget to change the filters ever again.
The Windows software can also give you access to email, stock prices, real-time weather forecasts, and the price the utility company is charging for energy at specific times of the day.
can stream photos and music from wireless devices through your home network.
SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat
Questions for the manufacturer include how many inputs and outputs for control functions and how much in house wiring changes need to take place for control of the appliances? With this device along with smart appliances no need to worry as they wireless and networked together easily through this intelligent device.
Inside the box is the thermostat along with detailed instructions on how to set it up including a thermostat wire color code chart to help you install the new thermostat.
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser - I have a Honeywell Chronotherm Plus 8624D running a Trane XL19i with a Trane XV90 - all installed new in new construction in 2003. Every winter, during the morning warm-up from 66 to 70, the burners stays on for approximately 1.5 hours at 70, then rises quickly to 73 before finally shutting off. The only way to interrupt the process is to turn the system to OFF at the thermostat. The system is on AUTO with the cooling set at 75 for the winter. I have swapped the thermostats (there are two sets in the house, this is the one in the attic for the second floor) with the same results. I have not swapped the thermostat circuit boards, but I can not see a reason to. The main floor is on the same schedule, but has never done this three degree burst. I have had three different contractors out, with corresponding charges for thermostat troubleshooting with no luck. Have you ever seen this? Any thoughts? Thanks!
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser - The Thermostat Answer
I get questions like this all the time which people email to me and it is difficult to give them a good answer simply because I'm not there observing this strange equipment or thermostat behavior. It sounds to me that you've eliminated the problem being the thermostat when you changed them out. You know the one in the other zone doesn't exhibit the same behavior and the one in the zone giving you the problem didn't exhibit the bad behavior (or three degree burst as you describe it) when you changed it to the other zone. At least that is how I'm reading it. You eliminated the Honeywell Chronotherm Plus thermostat as being the problem
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser - Back to the Basics
I would go back to basics on this one and check the installation location of the Honeywell Chronotherm Plus. A thermostat should be located in a central located on an inside wall preferably as close to the return as possible. It should never be mounted where direct sunlight can hit it, on an outside wall, or near a window or door which leads outside. If that is okay then check the wall where the thermostat is mounted. The hole behind the Honeywell Chronotherm Plus thermostat? Is this a drafty hole where air comes in through crawl space or attic somehow? If that is the case stuff some insulation in the hole to prevent the drafty air from hitting the thermostat. Seal it off as best as you can to prevent this drafty air from hitting the Honeywell Chronotherm Plus thermostat. Offers residential commercial high performance HVAC advice concerning air conditioning heating Honeywell Chronotherm thermostat troubleshooting along with the Trane XV-90.
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser - Lastly, Call in the Pros
The next thing to do if this doesn't solve the thermostat problem is to have an HVAC professional check the furnace out completely. I would schedule an appointment with you for morning furnace warm-up so I could observe this behavior myself. I would eliminate thermostat and control the furnace at the furnace to see if it still did this. The Trane XV-90 is a high efficiency model so you will an HVAC specialist to look at it. Preferably someone who has had some Trane factory training. These guys are not hard to find as Trane does a pretty good job of offering contractors classes for their HVAC Technicians. I believe it is requirement for Trane dealers (HVAC Contractors) to send their Technicians to so many classes every year so call a Trane dealer and ask for their best technician to look at this problem.
Honeywell Chronotherm Plus Thermostat - Trane XL19i Condenser
A first impression when taking the Venstar ColorTouch thermostat from the box was that the thermostat was smaller than I had imagined however it is no smaller than the typical digital programmable thermostat. The more I got into the thermostat the better I liked it even though I found what I think is a minor flaw in the thermostat. Despite the flaw we are recommending the Venstar ColorTouch thermostat for residential and light commercial users who will find the benefits and features rich and colorful.
The Venstar ColorTouch Programmable Thermostat - Minor Flaw of the ColorTouch Thermostat
I took the thermostat from the box and began examining it. A small transformer was hooked up to power it from my desk so I could explore the features comfortably by my note pad. I had done this before with other thermostats. One thing that stood out from the other thermostats from the ColorTouch was the fact that I had to use a tool to open it up or to separate the sub-base from the main thermostat. It is necessary to do this upon initial installation and whenever an HVAC technician wants to troubleshoot the HVAC system. I've done it a thousand times and so has many other technicians. It is a process of eliminating a possible problem and the core definition of troubleshooting. Anyhow, other modern digital thermostats do not need tools to take apart. I simply want everyone to know this so that someone does not pull the entire thermostat from the wall. This includes homeowners and HVAC technicians.
The Venstar ColorTouch Programmable Thermostat - Feature Rich along with Ease of Programming with a TouchScreen Interface
One of the big bonus features to this thermostat is that you can load your own photos on it and display the photos as wallpaper on the thermostat or as part of the screensaver feature of the thermostat. Or both. The screensaver and wallpaper feature can be set to one of many themes that come default in the thermostat. You can also set the screensaver to a clock (analog or digital - your choice) rather than photos.
It has its own software you can download and set up all the features and programs from your desktop. You will need an SD card to do this but it is one of the features I have been waiting for and it is refreshing to finally see. The ColorTouch Assistant is easy to use for most people. See the video below. No longer does one need to take a course in rocket science to program a thermostat.
Dealers or HVAC Contractors can easily preprogram their contact information into the thermostat so the customer can have easy access to contact information.
Alerts are easily programmed to remind you to change the filter, change a UV Bulb, or call for annual maintenance.
Set your vacation dates in the thermostat and the system will respond according to your setting when you go on vacation.
Additional features include multi-stage heating and cooling settings, English, Spanish, or French language settings, a free cooling option, heat pump condenser lock out feature and dual fuel settings.
There are other features to the ColorTouch Thermostat by Venstar that make it stand out from the average off the shelf thermostat. Once the thermostat is installed and your photos are loaded in this thermostat you will love it and never want another thermostat.