For more than 125 years Honeywell has been an industry leader in climate controls. So, I welcomed the opportunity to receive a complimentary, Honeywell WI-FI Color Smart Thermostat, RTH9585WF, for an honest and practical review.
What's In The Box?
* Honeywell RTH9585WF WI-FI Color T-Stat with Universal, Wall-Mounting Backplate.
* Quick Start Guide Detailing Easy Installation, Set-Up, WI-FI Connection, ** Registration.
* User Guide With Comprehensive Illustrations, Notes, Details, and Tips.
* Honeywell “C” Addendum, Two Options - Configuring “C” Wire or Using Green Fan Wire.
* Jumper Wire, 3” Long, 18 Gauge, White.
* Mounting Screws and Anchors, Combination for Masonry, and Drywall.
** Registration: Open the Total Comfort Connect Website. Create an Account. Follow On-Screen Instructions in Your E-Mail Activation. Register Your T-Stat Through On-Line with Your Unique, T-Stat's Identifiers. After Successful Completion You can Control Your T-Stat from Anywhere You Take Your Smart Phone, Laptop, or Tablet.
The Honeywell User Guide is highly detailed to cover the installation of almost every kind of system out there. If you don't see your particular wiring diagram, or, have any questions call the Customer Support phone numbers furnished for the various scenarios in the guide. They are very responsive and quick. I have a water-wrapped heat pump (not a common unit) and could not find an appropriate wiring diagram for me to use in the guide for my installation. One phone call and they walked me through the wire connections for my T-Stat. They were courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. Even with my phone call my T-Stat was installed out of the box in an hour. I was pleased and impressed.
Prominent Features of the Honeywell RTH9585WF, WI-FI-Color T-Stat:
** Basic Touch Screen T-Stat is Lighted at Two Levels – One Inactive, Lower Light Level, and One Brighter When Unit is Touched.
** After FREE Account Registration You can Control Your Home's T-Stat from Anywhere You Travel with Your Smart Phone, Laptop, or Tablet.
** Automatic Updates Through Your WI-FI Connection.
** Honeywell App has an Optional, Voice Feature, which You can Enable and Use Through Your Smart Phone, Tablet, or Laptop.
** Support to Enable Amazon Alexa, Voice Commands.
** If Your Power Goes Out – You Will Not Lose Your Scheduled Program Info – It is burned into the Chip, so When Power is Restored, Your Scheduled Program Resumes.
** This Honeywell T-Stat will Work Without WI-FI Connections – You Won't be Able to Access Settings on Your Smart Phone, Tablet, or Laptop.
** Intuitive Learning Mode, which 'Learns' How Long It Takes Your Heating and Cooling Equipment to Reach Your Programmed Temperature Settings at the Time You Have Scheduled. How Cool Is That?
** Added Users – You Can Add (Delete) Other Users to Your Account Through Your Total Connect Comfort Account.
** Future Compatibility with Microsoft, 'Cortana', Voice Commands.
** Real-Time Weather Information for Your Area, Based on Internet Connection for Your Area.
** One Year Limited Warranty.
Honeywell RTH9585WF, WI-FI-Color T-Stat Programming Features:
* Seven-Day, Daily Programmable Schedule Settings.
* Immediate Overriding Schedule Ability – Temperature Higher / Lower or Heating or Cooling Mode 'OFF'.
* Immediate Equipment Status – Heating or Cooling Mode, Fan ON or OFF.
* Night Time, Wake-Up, Leave, and Return Programmable Settings, which Allows You to Set Your T-Stat UP or Down depending on Your Requirements. This Setting SAVES YOU MONEY. WooHoo!
* Choice of Preset Programming Energy-Saving Schedules, which You can Modify to Your Particular Needs. Another Money Saver. Yeah!
* Preferences – An Important Setting, Which Allows You to Set Reminders Like When to Change Your Air Filter, Backlight, Smart Response Technology, which Learns Your System Responses Through Your Selected Temperature Settings (Very Important), etc.
* Holiday / Vacation Schedules. You can Maintain Selected Temperatures by Date while You are Away, and Change Them at Any Time With Your Total Comfort Connect App.
* Color Schemes for Your Touch Screen. You can Choose from 28 Different Color Schemes or even Customize Your Own Particular Choice of Colors. Wow!
* Security Option of Using Password Protection for Your Scheduled Settings.
* Compressor Protection – Built-In 'Time-Delay' Before Compressor Restart.
* Auto Changeover Feature – Allows the T-Stat to Select Either Heating or Cooling Based on the Indoor Temperature. I live in North Florida where it gets cool at night, and, hot in the daytime – great feature. YooHoo!
* Advanced Settings. You can Indicate Your Preferences for Fahrenheit or Celsius, Number of Schedule Periods, Manual or Auto Heating and Cooling System Changeover, Daylight Savings Time, Clock Format, Temperature Limits, Indoor Display, etc.
* On-Screen 'HELP'. When a Setting or System Problem Occurs and Orange 'Alert' Button will Display. Touching the Button will Display Instructions to Resolve the 'Alert', Accordingly.
* Clean Screen Option Under Settings – Your Touch Screen Will Eventually Need Cleaning, but You Don't Want to Change Any of Your Scheduled Settings – This Will Do That.
In my humble opinion I think that the most important settings are the Programmable Daily Wake, Away, Arrive, and Sleep Settings. They allow you to set your T-Stat temperatures back to lower, 'Unoccupied', and, or higher, 'Occupied' temperatures for comfort and $$ Energy-Savings. For example, if you and your wife are away for approximately 10 to12 hours a day from home – you can set the temperature back to around 5 degrees under your 'comfort' level for both heating and cooling. Think about it – that's approximately 300 hours a month your home, apartment, or condo is setting back the temperature. It will save you Money on Your Electric Bill. And, over time this Honeywell T-Stat can easily PAY for itself, while still providing you all the temperature comfort you demand.
After using this Honeywell Wi-FI-Color T-Stat for over a week now I am convinced it is the best climate-control device for my home. I love it. It is an easy Learning-Curve – the more you use it, the easier it is to understand and take advantage of all its comfort, and, money saving features. I highly recommend this Honeywell WI-FI Color Smart Thermostat, RTH9585WF for any geographical region or climate. This T-Stat allows you to take control of your individual needs and comfort all the while it saves you money on your electrical bill, and PAYS for itself in time. A WIN-WIN!