Review of the Honeywell VisionPro 8000 Programmable Thermostat
With skyrocketing energy costs, homeowners are looking for ways to reduce the pain. That is why demand for programmable thermostats is going to increase. Even D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest residential builder, is adding them as a standard feature in a new, 71-home development in Rocklin, California.
"Sierra Valley Oaks will consists of single-family homes that each will be registered as Health Houses with the American Lung Association," said Rich Coyle, director of Purchasing for the Sacramento Division of D.R. Horton. "That in itself would be special, but these homes will also feature incredible energy-efficient products like the Honeywell VisionPRO programmable thermostat."
Debunking perceptions that programmable thermostats are complicated
Programmable thermostats aren’t new. But, homeowners typically underuse them. "Programmable thermostats can be very complicated," said Coyle. "So people just end up setting a temperature and hitting the ‘hold’ button, which defeats the energy-savings aspect of the programming. In our continuing efforts to build a better home, we wanted to find a programmable thermostat that people will actually use, and we found that in the VisionPRO."
The Honeywell VisionPRO 8000 thermostat offers D.R. Horton customers a large, touchscreen display and easy-to-follow programming. "The VisionPRO is the antithesis of my VCR," Coyle said. "You really can program it without instructions. Forget the manual – it’s that easy. Our customers are very pleased with it."
Ease of use and energy savings
Those homebuyers are pleased with the ease-of-use and energy savings which the VisionPRO 8000 provides. "The models aren’t even finished yet and we’ve already sold ten homes or nearly 15 percent of the community," Coyle said. "People are able to see that D. R. Horton is truly offering something special with these homes. Easy-to-use, money-saving products like the Honeywell VisionPRO. Better air. Easier home maintenance. Amazing efficiency. They see great value for themselves and outstanding selling points if they resell the home."
As the nation’s largest builder, D.R. Horton always looks for innovative ways to take care of homeowners and maintain its reputation as a high-performance, quality builder. "All homes in Sierra Valley Oaks are build to the platinum standard for energy efficiency," Coyle said. "Using the Honeywell VisionPRO is a big part of that. It’s great for our bottom line, too. As a builder, the VisionPRO is more profitable for us because of the reduced service calls. But even more, we like the high customer satisfaction level. That satisfaction extends to us as the builder."
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