Honeywell conducts extensive – and on-going – customer research to ensure the products they develop are simple-to-install and are easy-to-use. For instance, their Prestige programmable thermostat incorporates a patented, interview-based interface that walks a homeowner through the set-up process by asking a series of questions, such as “what time does the first person wake-up in the morning?” or “what time do you go to sleep at night?” The answers help the thermostat program itself – no owner’s manual is needed. The graphic user interface displays information in an easy-to-understand format, the on-board user’s manual provides definitions and directions for each display screen and can be customized to display in English, French or Spanish.
Some Honeywell programmable thermostats also have the ability to wirelessly communicate to accessory devices using the company’s RedLINK™ technology, the first wireless protocol developed exclusively for the HVAC industry. The thermostat can be used with an outdoor sensor that sends a signal to the thermostat to display outdoor temperature and humidity on the home screen. This makes it simple for the homeowner to get access to that information.
Finally, Honeywell thermostats are among the few thermostats that have been qualified under the National Electrical Manufacturer Association's (NEMA) new ENERGY AWARE™ program. When properly installed and used as directed, Honeywell estimates that homeowner’s can cut annual heating and cooling cost up to 33 percent – or by $200 each year – depending on geographic location.