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One of the chief concerns with most people is how they can save money. One place where nearly everyone can save is with their heating and cooling bills. It is necessary then for you to lower the amount of energy you use in your HVAC system. One easy way to do this is with a smart thermostat like the Honeywell TH9320 Wi-Fi Thermostat.
This smart Honeywell thermostat is fully equipped with a responsive touch screen. The screen can display lots of information, including the current date and time, the outside temperature and humidity, and the current indoor temperature. The background color can be adjusted to match your décor as well.
The Honeywell TH9320W5003 can be programmed for maximum energy savings using 7-day easy programming. You can use the Honeywell app to control your thermostat from any smart device including Android phones and tablets as well as Apple iPads and iPhones. You can also take control from any computer.
Professional installation is recommended for this thermostat. The main reason is because it does require a C-wire to be connected to maintain power. Many older thermostats didn’t require one, so you may have to have one run from your HVAC unit.
How to Save the Most Money
When you want to save as much money as possible, you want to use as little energy as possible when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Of course, you could just not run your heat or air conditioning at all, but the goal is to be thrifty, not miserable. The recommendation from the US Department of Energy is a setting of 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Here are a couple of tips for saving the most you can.
● Set the thermostat as high or as low as you can when you’re not home. That doesn’t mean you should turn it off, but when you’re away, letting your home get to 86 or 88 degrees Fahrenheit is fine in the summer and setting it to 55 degrees in the winter is also good.
o When you set your thermostat to these temperatures, and have the comfortable temperatures as your at-home setting, you’ll never know that your home was that warm or cold while you’re away.
● Get multiple readings. Where is your thermostat installed right now? Chances are that it is in the hallway or someplace you can’t see. So what room is determining what your heat and air conditioning is doing? The hallway is. If you can get multiple sensors or thermostats to the rooms that you do use, you can make sure that you are only heating and cooling when it makes sense.
How Does Home Automation Help?
One of the things that help you make the most of your smart thermostat is controlling it with a full smart home hub. That means that everything in your home that is considered smart can be connected. For instance, if you have smart outlets or smart lightbulbs, you know you can turn them on or off with a simple command. If you use Alexa or Google Home, you just say it out loud.
What becomes really neat is when you start to create commands that connect everything together. So you can tell Alexa that it is bedtime and she will automatically lock your front door, turn off the entertainment center, turn off the lights in the living room and set the thermostat to sleep levels. When you wake up and tell Alexa you’re awake, she turns on your coffee maker, sets the thermostat to your awake comfort level and whatever else you want her to do.
The possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to creating chains and linked events. If you want to do something, chances are that someone has written a skill or an app for you to be able to do it.
● Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT
● 7-day programming with multiple events per day
● Full touch screen with adjustable background
● Font and text are easily readable from across the room
● App is able to control multiple thermostats at one time
● Requires C-wire connectivity
● Unit is larger than most at 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches
This Honeywell TH9320 Wi-Fi Thermostat full color touch screen is extremely easy to read, even from across the room in the daytime. It provides a wealth of information at a glance. Controlling the thermostat from the app or from the web application is simple and fairly intuitive. Professional installation is recommended, but there are enough YouTube videos available to walk you through it if you’re so inclined. All in all, this is a great option for a smart thermostat if you aren’t ready for the full learning experience that a Nest will bring.