Honeywell. For some of us, that name is buried deep in the reaches of our subconscious, having been plastered on thermostats for so long that generations have grown up seeing it on their walls. Just hearing the name Honeywell makes us think of places that we've lived and worked. It can bring memories to mind the way that the taste of a madeleine can conjure images of houses, gardens and towns. (This incredibly pretentious metaphor brought to you courtesy of Marcel Proust and Remembrance of Things Past.)
That's the kind of brand recognition that most companies would kill for --- or at least sue for. Honeywell's name isn't so completely synonymous with thermostats that it's in danger of becoming a genericized trademark, like Kleenex(tm), but seeing the name on a thermostat immediately makes you feel that you can trust it. Unfortunately, the name is also identified with an older generation of thermostats, the analog kind that don't have the intelligence to analyze your behavior, crunch it with the predicted weather, and set the perfect, energy-efficient temperature schedule. That reputation belongs to a new generation of thermostats, like the Nest Learning Thermostat.
But Honeywell is doing its best to keep up with the times. The WiFi VisionPro 8000 isn't quite a Nest,, but a brand-new one is less expensive than Nest's latest model. The VisionPro can be programmed via smartphone app and a full 7-day temperature schedule can be set in advance. On the other hand, it doesn't instinctively learn your habits or check the weather. For that you'd need a Nest. Or a Honeywell RET97B5D1002. Or one of the other state-of-the-art self-programming thermostats on the market, like the Ecobee3.
Installed very easily...Very easy to control...downfall is that if you want remote sensors in bedrooms or other levels of the house, you have to run wiring.
Love the wifi interface and extra control with the app. Very easy to program and to change program as needed in the wifi app.
It allows a wireless outdoor temp sensor...Also allows the switch point between heat pump and gas furnace to be changed.
I thought that it indicated humidity; it does not. It linked easily with other RedLink stuff, but the Gateway was a bit more tricky than the brief instructions.