[bct] Re: thermostat trama

  • From: "Judy W" <judyw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 06:22:40 -0600

Thanks to everyone who responded. Our gas company doesn't carry tactile

ILA is sending the new circuit Lois mentioned. It would save money and time
if they would include this in the original packaging. I have an appointment
to have the supervisor come out on Jan 19.


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Mike Justice
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 5:28 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: thermostat trama


FREE alternative where available: low vision/tactual, manual thermostat.
In 1999 while a contractor was installing a replacement air conditioner in
our home, I asked the service technician about a tactual thermostat.  He
said I could save the expense of purchase and installation by contacting my
local gas company (Columbia Gas of Ohio in my case), and they would supply
and install a tactual thermostat free, for a qualified resident.  The
thermostat has large raised numerals 5, 6, 7, 8 (for 50, 60, 70, 80), raised
lines for two degree increments, and as the dial moves it has notches at the
two degree increments.  The room temperature thermometer must be read
visually, but the thermostat is accurate in control for the selected
temperature.  There is no program feature for day/night set-back, but the
basic functions
are very reliable.

Mike Justice,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy W" <judyw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Blindcooltech@Freelists. Org" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 8:39 AM
Subject: [bct] thermostat trama

> This is to warn anyone thinking of getting a Kelvin talking thermostat
> that
> my experience with this product has been traumatic and very expensive.
> Someone bought it for me for Christmas. If I had chosen it, I would
> probably
> gone with the talking thermostat model.
> It cost me $150 for a "professional" to install it as recommended in the
> manual. From the start, it has had problems holding the settings.
> Sometimes,
> it is possible to use the keypad to restore factory defaults, but more
> than
> half the time I have to take it off the wall and pry the batteries out to
> get it to reset. After the reset process which takes some time and effort,
> the settings drop out after a couple of days. Yes, I read the manual and
> understand how to program the product. If I couldn't do it, it wouldn't
> work
> for a couple of days.
> I am going to call ILA and get them to take it back. Before sending it
> back,
> I will have to pay $150 to get my old thermostat reinstalled. Thank God I
> kept it. Now I am out $300. Merry Christmas!
> If I purchase the other from talking thermostats, I will be out another
> $300. Obviously, this will negate any energy savings. Has anyone else had
> any experiences with these devices?
> Regards,
> Judy

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