Even Tim Taylor could make this Home Improvement and Operate It!
Jun 11, 2003
Review by agingpeacock
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:No Mercury, no balancing,no batteries
Honeywell quality and simplicity, extremely accurate
Cons:On/Off, Heat/Cool switch indicators difficult to read.
The Bottom Line: Excellent quality, reliable, accurate and a bargain. Less is more with this model.
Recommend this product?
Whats with the title of this review? Im referring of course to the fictitious host of the fictitious show Tool Time. This was from the long running sitcom Home Improvement on the ABC TV network.
Back in 1952 cars had tail fins, phones had dials, TVs were big black and white monsters, airliners had propellers and the Honeywell Company introduced their infamous thermostat, The Round One. This simple but reliable instrument was to thermostats as Frigidare was to refrigerators! Accept for cosmetic changes the Round One is virtually unchanged from the original model introduced when the country liked Ike. The round one is still one of the best sellers.
Several years ago Honeywell added a digital version of the Round One. Here is my very positive review of this performer. Im an apartment dweller. Five years ago, the thermostat provided by the landlord was a rectangle generic brand that looked like it would fetch at least a few looks on Antiques Road Show. Getting an accurate temperature was a major feat. During the long hot summer, to get a temperature of 72, some days I had to set the thing at 64 other days at 76. During the heating season it was even more of a crap shoot. I do not require much heat so I never set it the thermostat above 65. When the heat came on, the temperature shot up to a toasty 75 before the furnace clicked off. Then, the heat would not come on until the temperature dropped below 55! Management replaced the antique with a new version of the same generic el cheapo thermostat. Performance was pretty much the same.
Off to Home Depot for some florescent bulbs and voila, I saw a display with this new digital Honeywell round thermostat. I paid $44.95 for it. This was back in 1998 when it first came on the market. Other stores sold it for as high as $65 bucks! Now, Epinions has a link where you can take one home for $27.00 plus shipping.
Installation: Easy! You dismount your old thermostat and match the colored wires. Hence even Tim Taylor could install it without blowing up his abode. One should kill the juice (electricity) I did not and my cat and me are still here five years later. A ring is included. This ring came in handy. Since I replaced a rectangular thermostat from a different manufacturer there was a gaping hole and the original paint from when the building was constructed circa 1957. The ring fits around the actual thermostat and covered this up. I double-checked my connections everything was in order.
When first installed or, when switching from heating to air conditioning there is up to a 15 minute wait for the device to synchronize with the furnace/air conditioner. I guess this is due to the computer chips. This thermostat is environmentally friendly. There are no mercury bulbs. Which means there is no need to balance this unit. Most analog thermostats including the standard round one need to be balanced to work properly. So, you need a leveler and with this model as the round one (analog) a plum line to do this. I still made sure it was balanced.
Accuracy: Home Depot told me that the manufacturer allows for a variance of 4 degrees. I set up two thermometers, a standard mercury bargain affair and a battery operated digital unit. My Honeywell Round digital thermostat matched exactly to both thermometers. Both during the heating and the air conditioning season. Five years later, my thermostat is as accurate as the day I bought it.
Operation: This unit is very simple. There are no batteries. You can set it for two different settings. They are sleep and wake. You can choose what times of day. Sleep and Wake are just reference points. No more, no less. Since there are only two programmable settings, if you are like myself, you will have to reset this thermostat for heat and for air conditioning. My winter settings are sleep- 60 degrees, wake- 65 degrees. For the cooling season, my settings are 72 and 76 degrees respectively. In addition you have to adjust the time for the change to and from daylight savings time. This is a simple device. If you want multiple setting selections look for other models. Honeywell makes them but they are not round. And, they require batteries. Every few months, I will advance its clock time a couple of minutes. Though it is excellent at temperature accuracy for whatever reason the clock slows a minute or two. Its a thermostat, not a Rolex watch.
As with the traditional analog version of this model, the switches for the fan/auto/off switch and the heating / cooling modes are small and hard to read. Be advised of this if you mount it high on your wall or if you have to maneuver around shelves, lamps or whatever heirlooms you have in your living environment. Also be advised if your power goes out like it does constantly during Baltimores torrid summers, you have to reset its clock. Fortunately it retains your temperature settings.
Like the Energizer Bunny my Honeywell Round digital thermostat is still going after five years! Thats longer than many marriages! Its simple, dependable and has that Honeywell quality built in to boot. At under $30.00 it is a bargain to boot!
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