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Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: richorlin
Date: June 13, 2007 11:15AM
Does anyone have suggestions for a programmable wall thermostat that is both easy to program and has a really big, bright display.
We have a Hunter Set and Save #44360 and it does everything but change your filter. However, my wife finds it very intimidating to program or change and I'm still overseas for the next few months and it's getting hot. It's hard to tell someone how to work the thermostat over the telephone. Thanks
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: Bixby
Date: June 13, 2007 11:39AM
I've got a touchscreen RiteTemp that I'm happy with. The display is big, but it is not lighted. At the time it was a good deal cheaper than comparable Honeywells.
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: davester
Date: June 13, 2007 11:43AM
I doubt you'll find anything easier to program. The question is, why would your wife need to program it at all. I only change the programming on my thermostat about twice a year. Simply set it up for the hours and temps desired and then leave it alone. Can't you just show her how to use the temp up/down buttons to manually override the programming if she's too hot or too cold?



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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 13, 2007 11:48AM
so, if you did somehow find a simpler one, wouldn't you have to talk her through the thermostat swap over the phone?
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 13, 2007 01:04PM
I have a Honeywell that I'm pretty happy with-- it's really no-nonsense. It doesn't have a big display, however (but big enough that you can read it, etc.)




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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: June 13, 2007 02:12PM
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Bixby
I've got a touchscreen RiteTemp that I'm happy with. The display is big, but it is not lighted. At the time it was a good deal cheaper than comparable Honeywells.

Love my RT, EL backlit also, made by Home Depot, only sold through them, buy the medium size display model, the big display model is hard to read. Can be removed and programmed from the easy chair.
Really cool features.
[www.ritetemp-thermostats.com]

BGnR



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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: modelamac
Date: June 13, 2007 03:01PM
Davester:

2 problems:

A. She is home and he is overseas, per his post

B. That solution doesn't work with some gals, including my wife. She agrees to a temp setting one day, and two weeks later, that temp is "too hot" or "too cold".



Ed (modelamac)

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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: MikeF
Date: June 13, 2007 03:08PM
I'm amazed still by the quantity of thermostats that require you to select Heat or Cool. Why isn't the temperature range sufficient (if it's too hot then cool; if it's too cold then heat).

Hunter was one of the few that actually offered that...
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: papercup
Date: June 13, 2007 03:24PM
The RiteTemp with the Indiglo® screens are the catsazz.
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: Dick Moore
Date: June 13, 2007 04:15PM
Amen to the RiteTemp. The minute my old Honeywell with the unreadable LCD burps, it's history.



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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: sunfalcon
Date: June 13, 2007 06:07PM
I've got a Hunter 7 day programable - it's a great device and has saved me A LOT of money. I'm sure it paid for itself in one month during the winter.
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: testcase
Date: June 13, 2007 07:45PM
I've always wanted a programmable thermostat with an alph-numeric keyboard (like a phone's). Instead of having to scroll, you could simply enter data directly. Large display would be useful for aging eyes.
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Re: Need suggestions for a new wall thermostat
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: June 14, 2007 07:37PM
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papercup
The RiteTemp with the Indiglo® screens are the catsazz.
Indiglo is a Timex trademark of Electroluminescent (EL), the word the rest of the planet uses.

BGnR



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