Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 Programmable Thermostat Review

Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 Programmable Thermostat
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The unit measures 6 by 4.5 inches on the wall. The display alone measures approximately 3.5 by 2.5 inches. It's a little bit easier to read than some cell phone displays in the dark. Menu boxes line the bottom of the screen and other choices are on the left side of the display from top to bottom. It's easily to trigger a function unintentionally with a touch of the screen. Yesterday while measuring the display I accidentally turned off the heat. I noticed the situation just before going to bed and wondering why the house was getting chilly.
This thermostat, along with the new heat pump, keeps the house temperature more constant and even than the other thermostat did. Though the heat runs more often, we don't don't get those wild swings of temperatures and uncertainty about when the heat is going to cut on. It's also great to know that if the Honeywell says 68 degrees, you can be sure that 68 is the actual temperature.
Installation seemed easy for the installer who had the thermostat installed and programmed in about 15 minutes with no peeking at the installation guide. After my previous adventures in thermostat installation, I was more than happy to let someone else do it. Too many wires for me, and too many possibilities for disaster. The installation guide warns that only a trained professional must install this thermostat. I'd guess someone who is relatively handy could install this Honeywell without too much difficulty. Someone like myself, who can barely boil an egg, might create havoc.
I like that this thermostat is programmable for each day of the week. The only day I have to get early for work is Saturday, so that day is programmed differently than the other days. Overriding any programming is intuitive and quite easy.
To get a reminder to change the filter or battery, you must program the thermostat by inputting a time frame. For example, you could have the thermostat remind you to check the furnace filter every two months. I haven't bothered to take advantage of the reminder feature but probably should.
It's possible to set the thermostat to sense whether heat or A/C is needed for any particular day. I have that feature in my car, and actually prefer to set the thermostat myself on either heat or A/C.
One nice feature is the screen setting. Press screen to have thirty seconds for cleaning the screen. In this mode, there's no danger of turning off the heat or mistakenly changing any settings.
The entire unit pops off the wall smoothly, enabling one to comfortably sit in a chair while programming the thermostat or changing batteries.
There's even an option to buy remote units so that the user can see the outside temperature and/or the temperature in another part of the house by looking at the thermostat. We have no interest in this option. Finally
So far this has been a great thermostat that works well with our NuTone heat pump. It's wonderful to be able to set a given temperature for a specific morning time and wake up to that exact temperature every time. The thermostat learns how long it takes to reach that temperature and turns the heat on at the appropriate time before the target time. Amazing stuff.

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A unique, intuitive menu-driven touchscreen programming display makes the Honeywell VisionPro® 8000 programmable thermostat the ideal choice for homeowners who want a virtually effortless way to save money on energy bills.

Enter your custom temperature preference settings once, and then forget about it until you see your savings on your energy bills. You set the thermostat to adjust the temperature when you are away or asleep -- times when you don't necessarily need to heat or cool your home to optimum comfort -- and your heating and cooling equipment runs less.

Setting up your new thermostat is a breeze -- a digital menu on the touchscreen guides you step-by-step through customizing your temperature settings -- no instruction manual to worry about! Not only that, but you can even set up the VisionPro® 8000 from your sofa since the thermostat is specially designed to be removed from the wall for easy programming.

The blue backlight is easy to read even in dimly lit hallways and rooms. The early start function on this thermostat begins the heating/cooling of your home prior to your programmed times for maximum comfort.

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