Honeywell Thermostat: "Change Filter" Msg. Question

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  1. Robert11

    Robert11 Guest

    Hello,

    Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.

    Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable Honeywell
    thermostats for it.
    Works fine.

    Every month or so, I replace the filter.

    The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.

    Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that I
    never "reset" it at the
    time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?

    In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    just elapsed time ?

    Right ?

    Thanks,
    B.
    Robert11, Feb 9, 2007
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  2. Robert11

    lp13-30 Guest

    You are correct-- the thermostat measures run time. It has no way to
    actually monitor the filter itself. Larry
    lp13-30, Feb 9, 2007
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  3. Re: Honeywell Thermostat: "Change Filter" Msg. Question

    On Feb 9, 8:37 am, "Robert11" <> wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >
    > Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable Honeywell
    > thermostats for it.
    > Works fine.
    >
    > Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >
    > The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >
    > Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that I
    > never "reset" it at the
    > time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >
    > In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    > just elapsed time ?
    >
    > Right ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > B.
    Eric in North TX, Feb 9, 2007
    #3
  4. Re: Honeywell Thermostat: "Change Filter" Msg. Question

    You are correct sir. There is a sub menu to turn off that message, I'd
    have to get the book out to tell you how, but my Honeywell did that
    too. I think it is aimed at the big once a year filters.
    Eric in North TX, Feb 9, 2007
    #4
  5. Robert11

    George Guest

    Re: Honeywell Thermostat: "Change Filter" Msg. Question

    On Feb 9, 9:37 am, "Robert11" <> wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >
    > Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable Honeywell
    > thermostats for it.
    > Works fine.
    >
    > Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >
    > The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >
    > Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that I
    > never "reset" it at the
    > time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >
    > In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    > just elapsed time ?
    >
    > Right ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > B.


    Yep it's just a timer really.
    You can go here
    http://yourhome.honeywell.com/Consumer/Cultures/en-US/Products/Thermostats/
    and find a manual for your unit.

    George
    George, Feb 9, 2007
    #5
  6. Robert11

    Pete C. Guest

    Robert11 wrote:
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >
    > Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable Honeywell
    > thermostats for it.
    > Works fine.
    >
    > Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >
    > The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >
    > Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that I
    > never "reset" it at the
    > time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >
    > In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    > just elapsed time ?
    >
    > Right ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > B.


    Not elapsed time, like every 3 months, but elapsed fan run time so a
    more accurate reflection of the filters expected condition. You'll get a
    longer interval during the "off" seasons with minimal heating and
    cooling. You might even be able to adjust the time setpoint to better
    match the filters you are using and dust conditions. One feature I'd
    like to see is a minimum fan run time function to insure the fan cycles
    for air filtering purposes even if heating or cooling is not required.
    Pete C., Feb 9, 2007
    #6
  7. "Pete C." <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Robert11 wrote:
    >>
    >> Hello,
    >>
    >> Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >>
    >> Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable
    >> Honeywell
    >> thermostats for it.
    >> Works fine.
    >>
    >> Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >>
    >> The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >>
    >> Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that
    >> I
    >> never "reset" it at the
    >> time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >>
    >> In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    >> just elapsed time ?
    >>
    >> Right ?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> B.

    >
    > Not elapsed time, like every 3 months, but elapsed fan run time so a
    > more accurate reflection of the filters expected condition. You'll get a
    > longer interval during the "off" seasons with minimal heating and
    > cooling. You might even be able to adjust the time setpoint to better
    > match the filters you are using and dust conditions. One feature I'd
    > like to see is a minimum fan run time function to insure the fan cycles
    > for air filtering purposes even if heating or cooling is not required.


    If you have that type of thermostat, you can do that. Just set your fan
    setting to CIRC. The fan runs at random intervals about 35% of the time.
    Dimitrios Paskoudniakis, Feb 9, 2007
    #7
  8. "Robert11" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >
    > Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable
    > Honeywell
    > thermostats for it.
    > Works fine.
    >
    > Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >
    > The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >
    > Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that
    > I
    > never "reset" it at the
    > time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >
    > In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    > just elapsed time ?
    >
    > Right ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > B.
    >
    >


    As someone else replied, this is based on elapsed fan run time. You can
    turn this feature off or change the setting:

    Press your System button (Heat, Cool, Off)
    Press the blank center square at the bottom and hold for about 5 seconds
    until the special features menu comes on
    Press the up button through the feature setup (four-digit) numbers until you
    get to number 0500
    It will be set to a number from 0 to 6:

    0 - Off
    1 - 10 fan run time days
    2 - 30
    3 - 60
    4 - 90
    5 - 120
    6 - 365

    To change setup number, press the Up or Down arrow key to the right of 0500
    to change the number between 0 and 6.
    Press Done at bottom left.

    Honeywell assumes 33% average daily use, so 10 fan run time days, on
    average, corresponds to one calendar month. As some have said, during low
    use months this message will come up less often, and during heavy use
    months, more often. If you faithfully change the filter monthly, you might
    as well disable this feature.

    Now if we could only get it to automatically adjust to the new daylight
    savings dates...
    Dimitrios Paskoudniakis, Feb 9, 2007
    #8
  9. Robert11

    Pete C. Guest

    Dimitrios Paskoudniakis wrote:
    >
    > "Pete C." <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Robert11 wrote:
    > >>
    > >> Hello,
    > >>
    > >> Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    > >>
    > >> Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable
    > >> Honeywell
    > >> thermostats for it.
    > >> Works fine.
    > >>
    > >> Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    > >>
    > >> The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    > >>
    > >> Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and that
    > >> I
    > >> never "reset" it at the
    > >> time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    > >>
    > >> In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at all,
    > >> just elapsed time ?
    > >>
    > >> Right ?
    > >>
    > >> Thanks,
    > >> B.

    > >
    > > Not elapsed time, like every 3 months, but elapsed fan run time so a
    > > more accurate reflection of the filters expected condition. You'll get a
    > > longer interval during the "off" seasons with minimal heating and
    > > cooling. You might even be able to adjust the time setpoint to better
    > > match the filters you are using and dust conditions. One feature I'd
    > > like to see is a minimum fan run time function to insure the fan cycles
    > > for air filtering purposes even if heating or cooling is not required.

    >
    > If you have that type of thermostat, you can do that. Just set your fan
    > setting to CIRC. The fan runs at random intervals about 35% of the time.


    Which thermostats support that feature?
    Pete C., Feb 9, 2007
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  10. "Pete C." <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Dimitrios Paskoudniakis wrote:
    >>
    >> "Pete C." <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Robert11 wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> Hello,
    >> >>
    >> >> Have a gas fired, hot air furnace.
    >> >>
    >> >> Last year they put in on of these really fancy, 7 day programmable
    >> >> Honeywell
    >> >> thermostats for it.
    >> >> Works fine.
    >> >>
    >> >> Every month or so, I replace the filter.
    >> >>
    >> >> The thermostat has just come up with a message to change the filter.
    >> >>
    >> >> Am I correcdt that this message is based purely on time elapsed, and
    >> >> that
    >> >> I
    >> >> never "reset" it at the
    >> >> time I changed the filter (don't know how to) ?
    >> >>
    >> >> In other words, it really does Not monitor the filter's condition at
    >> >> all,
    >> >> just elapsed time ?
    >> >>
    >> >> Right ?
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks,
    >> >> B.
    >> >
    >> > Not elapsed time, like every 3 months, but elapsed fan run time so a
    >> > more accurate reflection of the filters expected condition. You'll get
    >> > a
    >> > longer interval during the "off" seasons with minimal heating and
    >> > cooling. You might even be able to adjust the time setpoint to better
    >> > match the filters you are using and dust conditions. One feature I'd
    >> > like to see is a minimum fan run time function to insure the fan cycles
    >> > for air filtering purposes even if heating or cooling is not required.

    >>
    >> If you have that type of thermostat, you can do that. Just set your fan
    >> setting to CIRC. The fan runs at random intervals about 35% of the time.

    >
    > Which thermostats support that feature?


    Mine is a VisionPro TH-8320U, a 7-day programmable,
    http://customer.honeywell.com/Techlit/pdf/69-0000s/69-1701.pdf.

    My guess is most VisionPro and VisionPro IAQ models have this. The list is
    at

    http://yourhome.honeywell.com/Consu...rammable/Professionally-Installed/Default.htm
    Dimitrios Paskoudniakis, Feb 9, 2007
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