You could get your contractor to put on the climatemaster tstat with programmable set backs. The new tstat has a logarithm feature that will monitor the increase in temp and time periods which ultimately means the stat is smart and wont bring the back up on
But I do have a question to ponder. You are saving money already why dont you keep your comfort level and dont set back your temp? just ponder I dont need an answer
It is a comfort thing for me, I actually like it to be about 2 degrees cooler at night when I am in bed with my big comforter on. Yes, I know, a little TMI. I know I lose a little efficiency, but I am losing more than I should with the aux heat coming on with only a one degree difference (switched to 1 degree from two a while ago to do some testing).
This morning, it was saying 68/68 (inside/set to) with Aux Heat On for a while, so I set it down one degree and it said 68/67 and the Heat stayed on. Shouldn't that have registered as a met condition? Took 10 min for it to show 67/67 with Heat still on the whole time (not Aux). Interestingly enough the digital thermometer I placed right next to the t-stat showed 68.4 before, during and after the inside 1 degree t-stat drop.
I think tonight I am going to take off the drop and just keep it at 68 all night and see what happens in the morning.
Are the residential ClimateMaster t-stats available directly to homeowners? Is the general consensus that they are good units?
Why is that?
Originally Posted by beenthere
Every since we started using the Honeywell stats, Aux heat has been a problem. I did a lot of complaining to Honeywell and got NOWHERE. When Enertech Mfg.(GeoComfort and Hydron Module) got involved with Honeywell and began to use their stats, I started pestering them about it. You know what rolls down hill... Enertech and Honeywell got together on the problem and came back with the posted recommendations.
Originally Posted by beenthere
Yes, would be good to get some info on why you think the 9 is not an optimal setting. Thanks!
Originally Posted by Bergy
Actually, I just pulled (not changed) my settings on my t-stat and here are my results:
I was already at 9 for 260 and 270. 160, 220 and 230 are different than recommended though.
Last edited by JoeGen; 01-05-2010 at 10:23 AM.
Reason: Updated Info
3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off, 3.25 min on, 3.35 min off.
In emergency heat, you hear it cycling on and off along with the blower if you don't run your blower 24/7.
If you have a VS blower and run it 24/7 you will probably notice the blower going to a higher speed and then back down to a low speed all the time.
Becomes very annoying.
In aux heat. If your HP isn't keeping up, and is discharging 85° air. You'll get 100°(10KW at 2000CFM) for 3.25 minutes and then back down to 85° air for 3.25 minutes.
9 times an hour.
Not very comfortable.
What? While I'm no expert on CPH I do know that as long as there is a call for strip heat, the unit runs. I have NEVER heard, or seen, a unit that runs 3 off 3 during a single call for heat.
Go to a unit with the emergency heat set to 3 CPH. Set the stat to emergency heat. If its near the equipments 50% load range. It will cycle as I said.
Seen it several times on units set to 9 CPH.
So last night, I did no step down in the heat. Was checking it until about 11pm last night and it was always just 68/68 with "Heat On", no Aux. Woke up this morning about 6:30am and checked, "Heat On", no Aux. Climb back into bed to get a few more winks before I had to get up, and I hear the Aux come on. Go to the t-stat and sure enough it says "Heat On Aux", t-stat is showing 68/68.
I climb into bed and listen, and I hear the Aux going on and off alternately. Quick looks at the clock seem to comfirm BeenThere's post, it was about every 3 minutes for several cycles.
To be sure, I go in to time them with a stopwatch, but I did not get a pure 3 on 3 off cycle. Aux Heat seem to be on for about 3 min usually, but it was longer between off cycles. It seemed more random than anything (just did a 12 min off cycle then a 1:45 min on cycle). I will take better measurements tomorrow when I have more time in the morning to just stand in front of my t-stat.
Remember, I haven't changed any settings on the t-stat yet, they are all as listed in the post below. Not liking that aux heat is coming on when the t-stat constantly shows 68/68.
GeoComfort Honeywell and now Emerson stats
Stating in 2010 you will see Enertech moving to "Big Blue" Thermostat they will still have the Honeywell Stat. In the new 2010 price book you will see, White-rodgers "Big Blue" ATGNE32A works very well I have one in my house and I like it. ask your TM about it.
Originally Posted by Bergy
We got the information about that at last years dealer meeting. I've never been impressed with the Honeywell stat used for Geo. They are VERY slow to respond to market needs so it appears as if White Rodgers is stepping up to the plate. As I posted before, Enertech and Honeywell can up with the recommended stat settings. We set them up that way and have not had the complaints about too much run time on aux heat .
The CPH is only accurate at 50% load.
Since you were having a long off cycle. You weren't at 50% of your equipments load(heat pump plus aux ability).
Changing to a lower CPH for aux heat probably would have either satisfied the stats call for heat. Or got it to go to fist stage heat pumps.
If you switched to emergency heat. it would have had shorter off cycles.
So what would be the best value then for 260 and 270? Would changing 220 and 230 from 3 to 1 by itself make a difference? Or setting 680 down a step to 2 or 1? What should be the order of things I change to test or should I do them all at once?
The settings that were suggested were:
#160 schedule options... Set this to "0" nonprogrammable
#220 1st stage compressor... Set this to "1" CPH
#230 2nd stage compressor... Set this to "1" CPH
#260 Aux heat... Set this to "9" CPH
#270 Emergency heat... Set this to "9" CPH
#680 Temperature control in heat... Set this to "1" Least aggressive
The least aggressive setting will allow the heat pump to run longer before aux heat is engaged.
1 Is fine for aggression setting.
Originally Posted by JoeGen