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    wifi thermostat

    What are your thoughts on smartphone controled thermostats? Sounds interesting to me. I know they are availabe but I haven't had any experience with one yet.

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    I love my ecobee thermostat!!

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    The Honeywell product is pretty sweet, but you have to have to also install the redlink EIM to Connect to. It's free for the customer to use and pretty cheap to buy too.
    I've put a few in, no issues yet....

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    installed our first Lennox i comfort stat last week, customer was very happy with it.

    i must have screwed something up on the installer setup though since i can't access it from Davenet.......

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    Not many customers care for such a thing. I have installed a handful of the Redlink units. I just did a heat pump/zoning system for a customer who had a "control 4" system installed for his boiler. The Control 4 HVAC thermostats are almost as atrocious as the Mitsubishi thermostats... Steer clear of that brand
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    A few people have seen them as very interesting, but find parting with the extra $ usually not worth it. I have a guy who travels a lot and likes the ability to remotely control the residence from his phone. Especially cranking up the AC when he reaches the airport on the way home.

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    I like my Ecobee thermostat, but the "cool factor" of being able to control it from my phone wore off pretty fast.

    Most people loose interest when they find out the cost.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I just put 2 Ecobee's in my rental house. Nice to have charts showing how the house is behaving. I'm hoping to optimize differential temperatures to the largest delta the tenants will accept. Furnaces are grossly oversized.

    Pretty slick stats.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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    I'm beginning to hate my Ecobee thermostat.
    It is purely temperature differential driven, no algorithms or logic to its cycling of the system or stages to maintain the setpoint.

    Honeywell's P+I control is sooooo much better...
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I installed and watch over 98 ecobee stats in a building all on water source heatpumps i do like having the stats helps with checking operation and trouble shooting in some situations since everything is record online at there website i haven't had many problems with the operation of them nor keeping them connected to wifi also customer service I'd awsome if you have any problems they're always there to walk you through it

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibertyTree View Post
    Not many customers care for such a thing. I have installed a handful of the Redlink units. I just did a heat pump/zoning system for a customer who had a "control 4" system installed for his boiler. The Control 4 HVAC thermostats are almost as atrocious as the Mitsubishi thermostats... Steer clear of that brand
    I'm sorry to say that i do no like Honeywell thermostat myself either. The quality seems to have dropped greatly.... The Carrier Infinity Control has been my favorite over the past few years. I just like being able to have the customer check the fault logs and sometimes repair the problems over the phones which makes some customer very greatful and can help build great relationships with them because you don't act like you are after their money but are more concerned about keeping them comfortable and up and running even if you might have to come out at a later date. Education of the customer is key for those are interested in learning about their systems.

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    I just put the Honeywell prestige iaq with redlink in my house. It's great so far. Delta T sensors with programmable alerts, 4h4c, humidity, dehu, outdoor temp, everything you could ask for. And only two wires (with a controller board on the ahu).

    Pretty neat I can change the settings from my iPad in bed, or change any common setting from anywhere I have Internet access through the Honeywell website. I love tech toys. Especially useful ones.

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    Nytefog, communicating equipment is a whole nother level.

    Mark, I believe you can set smart recovery. Can also set delta to manage staging. Seems the thing gets as close to communicating as you could expect from non-communicating stat.

    Like totalhcgeo, I like being able to see history. Also, as these are in rentals, controlling temp is big. No setting to 80 and opening windows.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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