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More than I need but worth every penny!
on September 8, 2010
I had a couple of the older Honeywell programmables for a two zone hot water baseboard system and they worked quite well. Since I moved into this new house I found out I couldn't use them on 240v electric baseboard heaters. Luckily, I just recently found these. The first thing I love about them is, unlike the older ones I had, they are a vertical format that perfectly fits the utility boxes. They also look good! They have more features than I really need and the overall cost for 5 units - I have 3 now and will be ordering 2 more next month - is more than I'd like to pay but being they are electronic and react much faster than the old dial control bimetal coil mercury tilt switch pieces of junk that were originally installed AND are programmable, hence worry free, they should pay for themselves by significantly reducing my heating costs this winter. The simple 4 wire installation was a snap - having spent 22 years as an electrical technician helped a lot - and it took only 5 minutes to swap in each unit. A quick test proves that they operate well. There is a relay click which will be noticeable late at night but I don't think it will trouble me much. This house is pretty well insulated so I doubt it will happen often enough to become a bother. Another neat feature is an `Early Start' option, available via dip switch that ensures the house will be warm for you by the time you get out of bed. There is also a nonvolatile memory that keeps your program settings safe in case of a power failure (no batteries needed). I'll sum up by saying that the convenience, increased efficiency, and general good looks make these thermostats a worthwhile investment.