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Wifi thermostat, NOT nest

2,617 948 December 8, 2015 at 07:16 AM
hi,
in MA, though our energy provider, I am able to purchase some "discounted" wifi thermostats and have them installed free (after purchasing)

my options are (never heard of 2/3 of these brands)

1. Building 36 intelligent thermostat ($50)
2. Ecobee smart SI ($50)
or
3. Honeywell wifi 9000 ($85)

anyone have any real life experience with any of these?

- also, some of these thermostats, like the honeywell have a color screen. where will this thermo draw it's power from? my current thermostats just use 2 AA batts. will they have to wire these thermostats for electric?

- i currently have 2 zones(one/floor) and 2 thermostats. i'm assuming i should replace those 2?
- i do have a 3rd thermostat in a bonus room, but i dont think i need a wifi for that room.

thanks for any help.

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I've used the Honeywell 9000 thermostat. It works well and has some decent features. These thermostats pull power from your AC unit itself. I believe there is a small sealed battery that is likely trickle charged from the existing wiring of the AC unit but I'm not sure. On the honeywell, the outdoor temperature info is pulled over the internet (once you set it up to join your wifi). This unit does require a 24V common to run. I ran this thermostat in a vacation home for about a year. Never had any problems with it. My primary home has 3rd gen Nest units.

I can't speak for the other 2 as I've never used them.
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I've used the Honeywell 9000 thermostat. It works well and has some decent features. These thermostats pull power from your AC unit itself. I believe there is a small sealed battery that is likely trickle charged from the existing wiring of the AC unit but I'm not sure. On the honeywell, the outdoor temperature info is pulled over the internet (once you set it up to join your wifi). This unit does require a 24V common to run. I ran this thermostat in a vacation home for about a year. Never had any problems with it. My primary home has 3rd gen Nest units.

I can't speak for the other 2 as I've never used them.

thanks for that info. i guess if the installer will install and do the necessary electrical work to get teh honeywell up and running then i might choose that one.
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hi,
in MA, though our energy provider, I am able to purchase some "discounted" wifi thermostats and have them installed free (after purchasing)
Why not get them for free (after rebate) through Mass Save and install them yourself? $100 rebate (limit 2) on Wifi thermostats - http://www.masssave.com/en/reside...hermostats
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Why not get them for free (after rebate) through Mass Save and install them yourself? $100 rebate (limit 2) on Wifi thermostats - http://www.masssave.com/en/reside...hermostats

thanks, i did not even know about that option...
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thanks, i did not even know about that option...
There is a lot of good info on Mass save. They used to have subsidized light bulbs for sale too.
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