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post #4636 of 5815
Thanks for the thoughts, guys. I'd been looking at the Honeywell stuff, but I wanted to check and see if there was some super SF-approved thermostat out there. It looks like I'm on the right track, though. I won't have any issue programming it - we're busy but pretty predictable - so I'll just have to see which Honeywell looks the best.
post #4637 of 5815
I believe the only SF approved thermostat is the damper on your hand-forged wood stove.
post #4638 of 5815
I just hid the thermostat behind an oil painting (an early picasso, nothing too fancy) and hired someone to use the wifi controls to control the temperature for me.

It's great--no ugly thermostat to look at, and Dominic keeps track of whether I am in or out of the house and makes sure it is always the perfect temperature.
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Got my propane tank delivered today - managed to get this all installed and hooked up with no problems! Fussing around with trim work, but might hook up the sink/dish/disp and insta hot over the weekend so we can at least have full functionality back.
post #4640 of 5815
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

So after reading on all the issues in systems without a C wire, quirks with its learning ability, and the data gathering, I've decided not to go forward with the Nests. That being the case, I'm trying to figure out what t-stats to get.

I need programmability, wifi access, and power that doesn't have to leech from the system (battery is fine). The ability to add remote sensors would also be nice but isn't critical. I don't care about remote access, and I'm fine with function over form (i.e. I don't need toys like touchscreen if there's a cheaper model without it that performs just as well).

Any input?

Why can't you use a c wire? Answer that first, I may have an idea for you depending on the answer.
post #4641 of 5815
It sounds like he doesn't have a C wire.
post #4642 of 5815
Also: Bathroom is up and running. Ceiling mounted rainhead is sooooo good. We have a temporary shower curtain while we decide how we want to configure the glass. I was hoping to have a single fixed panel, but based on testing with the curtain pulled back for the required opening, I think it will splash too much water outside the shower.
post #4643 of 5815
Butch is correct - neither of my thermostats currently has a C wire.

I did a bunch of research and ended up just going with a programmable Honeywell without the WiFi and all that. I couldn't find a WiFi thermostat that didn't collect data that I'm not thrilled about giving out in exchange for a marginal increase in convenience. Since it doesn't need a bunch of power for bells and whistles, the one I got can run on batteries or a C wire, so I'm going to give batteries a shot first and see how it goes.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I just hid the thermostat behind an oil painting (an early picasso, nothing too fancy) and hired someone to use the wifi controls to control the temperature for me.

It's great--no ugly thermostat to look at, and Dominic keeps track of whether I am in or out of the house and makes sure it is always the perfect temperature.

 

That's cute, you named yours Dominic!

post #4645 of 5815
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Butch is correct - neither of my thermostats currently has a C wire.

I did a bunch of research and ended up just going with a programmable Honeywell without the WiFi and all that. I couldn't find a WiFi thermostat that didn't collect data that I'm not thrilled about giving out in exchange for a marginal increase in convenience. Since it doesn't need a bunch of power for bells and whistles, the one I got can run on batteries or a C wire, so I'm going to give batteries a shot first and see how it goes.

Gotcha - sorry I missed the first part of the thread. I did a TON of research into this myself when I got obsessed with my HVAC system a couple of years ago. In my case, I found out that there was a C wire connection on the HVAC board, but my installer was too lazy (or too old school to hook it up). I was able to pull wire from the wall back to the furnace to hook this up. I was going to go with a snazzy thermo, but cheeped out and just got a fancy, but dumb Honeywell. I also hooked it up so it gets outside temp, humidity, etc..

What I found, and what I was going to recommend, is using a Honeywell IAQ/Redlink System with an EIM (interface module). Basically you mount a module at the furnace that allows you to make all the connection down there (think a hub), and you only need 2 or 3 wires to the thermostat, and it gives you insane control (multi stages, all kinds of add on sensors, controls, etc...), but uses only those couple of wires instead of having to run 8-10 wires to the thermostat to make it work. This must be a response to the fact that most older homes have limited wires, but most new HVAC systems have a ton of options that no one actually takes advantage of. I was going to use this in my parents house where they have a new multi stage high efficiency unit but a themostat from the 80's that doesn't have the ability to control.

https://forwardthinking.honeywell.com/products/thermostats/prestigeiaq/prestigeiaq_feature.html
post #4646 of 5815
I have a floor furnace
post #4647 of 5815
I have a hole in the floor where our floor unit used to be...
post #4648 of 5815
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Also: Bathroom is up and running. Ceiling mounted rainhead is sooooo good. We have a temporary shower curtain while we decide how we want to configure the glass. I was hoping to have a single fixed panel, but based on testing with the curtain pulled back for the required opening, I think it will splash too much water outside the shower.
Rain showerheads are highly overrated especially when cold water is the first thing to comes out.
post #4649 of 5815
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Thoughts on Bosch and Kitchenaid wall ovens?


We put in a KitchenAid convection wall oven to replace a busted Dacor unit that broke after 7 years. The KitchenAid is still going after 15.5 years! Couldn't be happier with it.

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

Also: Bathroom is up and running. Ceiling mounted rainhead is sooooo good. We have a temporary shower curtain while we decide how we want to configure the glass. I was hoping to have a single fixed panel, but based on testing with the curtain pulled back for the required opening, I think it will splash too much water outside the shower.
Rain showerheads are highly overrated especially when cold water is the first thing to comes out.

So I shouldn't be enjoying it?
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