Tried and retried and true

It wasn’t her idea, but Fillyjonk has gone back to a normal thermostat:

The new one is not programmable or wi-fi linkable, but I am okay with that. I figure fewer brains in the thing means less chance of those brains getting scrambled by power blips. Also, I used the programmable feature for a while when I first had the thing, but I quickly learned that if we had a power outage of anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, the thing “forgot” what time it was and I had to reset the clock, and if the power was out for more than five minutes, the thing forgot ALL its programming and I’d have to go through and painstakingly reset the times (there were four times per day: wake up time, leave-house time, return-home time, bedtime) and the temperatures for them. And the thing would default to a temperature of 85 F (if the ac was on) or 60 F (if the heat was on) if it lost its programming and you didn’t reprogram it. So that would not be too cool when you were away for an extended time.

It was 1953 when Honeywell introduced the T-86, better known as the “Eyeball,” thermostat. It is programmed by turning a knob to the desired temperature. More than that, I will not ask of a thermostat. Yes, they do make the fancier stuff. I don’t care.


  1. Chuck Pergiel »

    5 June 2016 · 1:49 pm

    As an adjunct to this creeping smartiness, the internal programming on these devices is crap. I bought half a dozen little electronic gizmos over the last year and on balance they can be counted to work about half the time. Half of them were so bad they have been relegated to the junk drawer. The CEO of ROKU needs to be drawn and quartered.

  2. CGHill »

    5 June 2016 · 2:27 pm

    You have to figure that to make big-box-store pricing, they have to cut the costs to the absolute bone, so quality control is probably optional at best.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 June 2016 · 7:46 pm

    I’m wondering if complaints were what drove my HVAC company to go back to the simpler devices. (They haven’t gone as far back as the “eyeballs,” though I don’t know if they even still MAKE the “eyeballs.”)

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