Disclosure: I received a free Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat for this review. All opinions are my own.
Want to reduce your home energy consumption and save money? Who doesn’t!
The biggest way I have found to do this is to closely monitor your heating and cooling system. This is the single biggest draw on our electric and gas usage. Even though we heat with natural gas, the HVAC system still needs electricity to run the fans and so on.
Using a programmable thermostat is the simplest and most efficient way to do this. The temperature is set automatically based on a schedule you set. So at night or during the day when no one is home, the temperature is lowered (in the cold months), so as not to waste the energy. I love things that are done automatically! Less for me to remember.
I was recently sent a Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat to install and test out. OK, I’ll admit that I, personally, did not install this. My very handy husband did.
Before you buy one of these thermostats you need to determine whether or not your system and household wiring is compatible. Honeywell provides a step by step set of questions to determine whether or not your current system is compatible with the thermostat. Go through ALL of the steps. We found that the final step, connecting power to the unit, proved to be a little tricky because of our furnace not the wiring at the thermostat. My husband was able to figure it out, but I’m guessing it was a little more complicated due to our particular furnace.
The installation was fairly easy. My husband did have some issues with supplying the unit power as I mentioned above. He was able to figure it out with the help of the videos. It’s nice to know that there is also a help line should you need more assistance.
After that it was my turn again. I was quickly able to set the temperature schedule throughout the week! Much quicker than our old thermostat. I also chose a cool red color scheme.
I, then, created an account at My Total Connect Comfort so that I could access the thermostat from my smart phone app. Apps are available for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices.
So far so good! Not sure I’ll use the app much, but I had fun changing the temperature with my phone and seeing the thermostat change. The thermostat is working well, was easy to install, and set up. I also like that I can see what the temperature is outside!
Honeywell is giving one lucky person a free Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. Enter below. Good luck!
The giveaway will run from Saturday April 18 through Friday April 25 midnight EST.