[nfb-talk] Honeywell Pro 6000 Thermostat with iPhone?

Heather Field missheather at comcast.net
Fri Jul 7 13:59:11 UTC 2017

Hello Ellen,

I'm glad you've mentioned this thermostat because it reminds me to discuss 
my experience for others to consider.

I bought a talking thermostat and was assured by the seller that it met all 
the criteria to work with my dual-fuel, single unit heating and air 
conditioning unit.
My air-conditioning service guy is very experienced in his profession and 
used to sell the first talking thermostats and adjust them using a computer 
to work with units when this stuff was all new. When he attempted to install 
my talking thermostat he was unable to do so, saying that my thermostat was 
one port short of what the air conditioning unit needed to work properly as 
a dual-fuel heating and air unit.
He said that that the air conditioning unit manufacturers used to produce an 
alternative circuit board which he could get and install for me to make the 
thermostat work and he'd check for me.
Time dragged on as he attempted to get the board from the company and, 
finally, they were able to tell him that they no longer manufactured it and 
I couldn't buy one. This meant that my thermostat is unusable with my 
current unit. It is not an old unit, but it is incompatible with the talking 
thermostats and now, too much time has passed for me to return the talking 
thermostat and get a refund. It is extremely disappointing , frustrating 
and, as it's turned out, very expensive.

    So, Michael, if you have a dual-fuel heat and air unit, I would be 
extremely careful before investing in a talking thermostat.
The Honeywell unit you quote does work with my dual-fuel unit.
Obviously, the talking thermostat is a preferable alternative and I really 
wish that it would work for me. But, since it doesn't work for my unit, then 
the Honeywell is a life-saver.
-----Original Message----- 
From: Ringlein, Ellen via nfb-talk
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2017 7:38 AM
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Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Honeywell Pro 6000 Thermostat with iPhone?


If you would like an accessible thermostat not connected to the internet and 
not dependent on an app which may or may not remain accessible in the 
future, the NFB Independence Market can help. We sell the VIP3000 
Thermostat. Here is the catalog description.

This talking thermostat is designed to be used in residential settings and 
can control most 24 Vac AC and heating systems, including the newest 
multi-stage furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pump systems. One can 
easily check the indoor temperature and the thermostat setting, and adjust 
the temperature. The weekday and weekend programs allow one to specify the 
temperature for heating and cooling for four different selectable time 
points during the day and night. The unit speaks during all aspects of 
setup. Includes audio and text-based instructions on CD. Measures 
approximately 7 × 3 1/4 × 1 1/4 inches. Uses four AA batteries (included). 
This thermostat must be professionally installed. AIG92T; $199.00 + S/H


Ellen Ringlein
Manager, Independence Market
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2421| ERinglein at nfb.org

The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends 
who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation's blind. Every day we work 
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-----Original Message-----
From: nfb-talk [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Michael D. 
Barber via nfb-talk
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2017 3:21 PM
To: Gerardo Corripio via nfb-talk
Cc: Michael D. Barber
Subject: [nfb-talk] Honeywell Pro 6000 Thermostat with iPhone?

Looking for an accessible thermostat for our furnace/air conditioner. 
Honeywell used to make those thermostats that stopped every 2 degrees as you 
twisted the dial, but I'm told they no longer have those.  A Honeywell Pro 
6000 was suggested to. Me and was told it would work with smartphones.  Has 
anyone used one and are you, or have you had good experiences with it or 
would you recommend another?

Thanks very much.

Michael Barber

Michael D. Barber
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