Thermostatic control is a luxury easily taken for granted, at least until the bill comes. In this age where many home devices are smarter and connected to each other and the Internet -- a network referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT -- there is the additional concern of security. To demonstrate this point, two white hat hackers recently created ransomware that hijacked a smart thermostat whereby the user would've been obliged to pay or else be stuck with a locked unit. This shows that despite illusions to the contrary, people really don't have control over these things. While this scenario would be fairly difficult to employ, the reality is that the very WiFi connections of IoT devices leave entry points for ambitious hackers.
The above-mentioned hackers stress that we're still some ways from the worst-case scenario that they tested. In the meantime, it's okay to enjoy the modern marvels that are smart thermostats. To make you feel more at home, the Lennox iComfort lets you upload a personal photo to use as a screensaver. The Salus IT500 has a beautiful face and is simple enough to use for those who are transitioning to smarter devices. The Honeywell Prestige IAQ is a 7-day programmable Wi-Fi thermostat from a company that is one of three leading contenders in the smart thermostat market.
The Prestige has an easy-to-read, high-definition display for which you can select English, French or Spanish. Its face can be changed to match the home's palette. These characteristics are the same as those found on the Honeywell TH9320WF5003, an almost identical unit. Programming is done when, after questioning you, the system takes your answers and uses them to program itself. Thermostatic control is accessed via smartphone, PC or tablet from anywhere with the Total Connect Comfort app. There is also a remote for checking or controlling the temperature from within the home. Time-of-use scheduling makes adjustments according to utility pricing. With an optional Wireless Outdoor Air Sensor, the Prestige will display outdoor temperature. This battery-powered unit includes professional installation.
No issues with signal strength or communication failures. Overall a well thought out unit. and yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Very easy to install and use... I also have a honeywell humidifier and its wireless controller connected seamlessly into the unit. Highly recommend the thermostat.
Excellent choice! This is an excellent system. It is well worth it. I've tried the competitive products and while good, Honeywell's experience in the industry is apparent.
Most amazing thermostat I have ever owned! If you are at all techie or a control freak, this is the one for you. Install is straightforward...