Long before the Nest Learning Thermostat warmed up the high end of the thermostat market, there was the Honeywell T800, carrying the flag of the "$200 electronic digital thermostat" that represented a "'revolutionary' concept in energy conservation."
And according to a Dec. 7, 1981 article in National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, it was a little ahead of its time, perhaps.
The article, "Mfrs. simplify new generation of thermostats," raised the issues of ease-of-use vs. energy savings, and sticker shock vs. lifetime ownership costs -- these issues continue to play out in the thermostat aisle.
At the Honeywell Residental Controls Center, the plan was to move away from the electronic T800 model that retailed for $199.99, toward an easier to use and less expensive CT400.
The T800 was a groundbreaker, But, according to a department manager at a New Jersey Rickel's, "You'd have to be an engineer to handle one."
Similar criticism has been directed toward the Nest product in 2016.
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