The Lux Products TX9000TS Thermostat found its way into my life last winter after reading about it in Consumer reports. It turns out they liked it. I had been waiting forever for a programmable thermostat compatible with my home automation and finally caved in to the pressure created by a constantly cold wife, and the necessity to keep a newborn toasty. While it does not integrate with my home automation, it does do a great job of managing the heating schedule for our house (a necessity for the notoriously brutal, violently cold weather here in coastal San Diego). One of the best parts of the TX9000TS is its touchscreen interface. I was skeptical, but the touchscreen really makes it easy to work with. Eco-green folks will rejoice in a default Energy Star approved program (ready to go right out of the box). Some electrical utilities will even offer you a rebate for replacing your old-school manual thermostat. I like its 7 day programming which lets you set a separate schedule (actually up to four per day) for every day of the week. Some other thermostats are stingy about how many schedules you can program and for what days. The large display is easy to read, and there is a cool backlit blue light that you can temporarily activate by pressing a button on the lower corner of the thermostat. Perhaps most enjoyable is that you can save money and energy by having the heat down or off at night, but still have it programmed to warm up the house before you get out of bed. No one likes to be that first person out of bed, making a cold trip to the thermostat to turn it on manually! Here in San Diego, many have suffered severe frost bite after having been side-tracked on the way to their manual thermostats. Don’t let it happen to you! The Lux Products TX9000TS Thermostat is available for about $65 from Amazon.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.