Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by happy Good Z-wave Thermostat
This thermostat works well as a Z-wave device connected to a VeraLite controller. Installation onto the wall was simple, requiring only two holes to be drilled. Connectors are clearly labeled so you know exactly which wire goes to each connector.
Because this thermostat is being controlled via the VeraLite controller, it's programmable functions become redundant, making this purchase a bit over the top. All programming and scheduling can be done via the Z-wave controller, so I don't have to deal with the thermostat itself. So why buy a programmable thermostat in the first place? Honestly, I think it has a much nicer appearance that other Z-wave enabled thermostats without costing an arm and a leg like those really nice color touchscreen thermostats.
Regarding the thermostat itself, I found the touch interface to be a little difficult to use, as the buttons as very close to the thermostat bezel, increasing the difficulty of pushing the buttons to control the thermostat. With that in mind, I would certainly not use the touch interface to program the thermostat. The onboard menus aren't intuitive either. The backlight is sufficiently bright, though, so that's a good thing. Another plus is that the thermostat works with many types of HVAC systems, so if I ever move to an area with a totally different climate, this thermostat would most likely still work with whatever HVAC system is there.
Overall, I don't regret buying it. I know I could have saved a lot of money with another Z-wave thermostat, as the controller does all the programming work. However, the thermostat's appearance was actually an important thing for me and I didn't want it to look like every other generic basic thermostat. And it doesn't hurt to have a bit of redundancy if the Z-wave controller goes down, since I can still program the thermostat directly.
Best of all, I love having the home automation. It's so convenient to turn on the AC before I leave work and have the house nice and cool when I get home. Other thermostats have their own apps, too, but I don't like having an app for this device, and another app for another device. With Z-wave, it's just one app to control the whole house. So this thermostat fits right in with that.
July 30, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by WAY2FAST4U NEAT STAT
I bought this Z Wave stat online with the home depot. I had to call my HVAC guy that installed my new furnas an AC to install this stat. He installed it and the heat worked and the AC worked. BUT when it came to the Z wave I have (smart things) he could not get it to hook to the hub. He called honeywell and they told him that they could not help us because they said this was A security device for the home and he was not with a security company with A name on THERE list they would not help get it paired with the hub. So I had no choice but to have my AC guy unhook the wires and box the stat back up for me to take back to the store for a refund. My hole idea of buying this stat was to use the great features of the stat and the z wave feature was a plus.
May 10, 2015