Honeywell Programmable Thermostat Review (RTH7600D)

December 19, 2008 | by Ethan (email) |

Honeywell products can be found at a variety of retailers but I’d suggest checking Lowes. The reason being, we’ve got your Lowes Coupon. Check out this coupon for an easy 10% off any in-store purchase. Isn’t it worth your time for an additional $10 off this thermostat?

By now, you are probably familiar with the great benefits of programmable thermostats. They enable you to better regulate the temperature of your home, ultimately saving energy and money. Well, I have found a great thermostat. Honeywell manufacturers this 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat ($99 from Home Depot), and it’s packed full of great features.

Honeywell RTH7600D Programmable Thermostat Features

Here are the features that really make this thermostat stand out.

  • You can program each day independently
  • Plus, each day has up to 4 different periods
  • Easy to use touchscreen for simple operation
  • Large backlit display makes it easy to read even in dim light
  • +/- 1°F temperature precision
  • Filter change reminder helps keep HVAC at optimal performance
  • Automatically adjusts for daylight savings (optional)
  • ENERGY STAR rated
  • Compatible with heating and cooling plus heat pump systems

Thermostat Specifications

  • Assembled Depth : 1.25 In.
  • Assembled Height : 3.75 In.
  • Assembled Weight : 0.7 lbs
  • Assembled Width : 6 In.
  • Voltage Rating : 24 volts

Additional Features

  • Auto Change from Heat to Cool – Automatically adjusts the pre-heating/cooling of your home so you are comfortable at your programmed times
  • Permanent Day and Time – Even if the power goes out
  • Battery-Free Operation (optional) – This unit can be powered from the HVAC system eliminating the need to change batteries
  • 1 Year Limited Warrant

What do you think? What thermostat do you have?

10 Responses
  1. Jennifer says:

    We’ve got a Honeywell Programable Thermostat that we love, too! Ours is the 5-2 version… we couldn’t afford the separate days. I love it… it has saved us a lot on heating (I posted numbers on my blog a few days ago!)

  2. Todd says:

    I use this same thermostat in our home. Highly recommend it!

  3. Blayne says:

    We have a Honeywell model YRTH8500D and we love it. My husband is an HVAC technician and he installed it at our old apartment, and it immediately cut the electric bill in half. When we moved to our house, we brought it with us of course! My last electric bill was $54. (Granted, we live in Texas, so last month was pretty mild!)

  4. Richmond says:

    Our kWh increased by 1,000 after we installed this thermostat. Any advice?

  5. Thomas says:

    On your home/away program if you have greater than a 2 degree temperature change the thermostat will call for the auxiliary heat to come on in order to bring your house up to temperature in a short period of time.

    If you want a physical example think about walking up steps. What your thermostat is doing is forcing you to jump to the top step instead of taking one step at a time. In my opinion this is bad logic programmed into the thermostat, they claim it will save money but I don’t see it.

    Try reducing your home/away program to within two degrees say 67 home and 65 away. That will keep the electric heat off.

  6. Ethan says:

    @Thomas, I actually don’t have an axillary heat so I haven’t bumped up against that problem. It does seem like an energy hog to “jump to that top step”, but it’s not a good idea for the home and away temperatures to be very different anyway. More than 3-4 degree difference creates more work and negates savings.

  7. Thomas says:

    @ Ethan,

    Yeah, I had about a 2hr discussion with tech support at Honeywell about how to program the logic in their thermometers. I’m sure that reached the top of the flag pole (insert scarcasm).

    I don’t understand why they can’t slowly ramp up the temperature in 1-2 degree increments over a givne delta t (set period of time). If the heat pump or primary heating cannot meet this demand then call in the supplimentray heating system.

    Just like accelerating from a stop light, which way uses less fuel?

    I guess they are more concerend with having your home at 70 degrees at exactaly 7:00 when you walk in the door than saving you money.

  8. Bob says:

    I don’t see what the problem is, if it is too cold wear a sweater for a while….if too hot, take the darn sweater off!!!!…..

  9. kedfiler says:

    I’m just wondering — if this model is $129, how much would switching to it save over the course of a year? Everyone always says that programmable thermostats save money, but how much do they save?

    And is there a way to set the temperature for upstairs/downstairs? We have a split level home and there is a noticeable temperature difference — I’d say probably 5+ degrees cooler upstairs.

  10. trebor says:

    I just happened to notice this article from the related content section on a different post…but the Honeywell thermostat I have is _really_ nice. Where I live (San Antonio), the city energy company does free installations of thermostats (they provide the thermostat, too) which is pretty awesome. I think I have this one: They have it set up online to set schedules, etc as well.

    Worth checking into your city’s info to see if they provide something similar

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