The Honeywell T5+ is something I have wanted for a long time: a thermostat I can control independently. So far, I’m very happy with it.
As a blind person, I have never had a truly independent way to know the temperature of my home and the ability to change it to the exact temperature I want. So, I have been thinking about a smart thermostat for a long time. In considering smart thermostats, I wanted one that, if possible, had an app I could use. I also wanted one that works with Apple’s HomeKit. The ability to know my indoor temperature and the chance to change it with Siri is something I really wanted. As I’m sure you can guess the Honeywell T5+ met both my requirement for an accessible app and compatibility with HomeKit.
Mom and Aunt Barb had little trouble installing the T5+. The instructions seemed very easy to understand. The whole process took them less than an hour. That includes having to install the C wire for power at the thermostat and furnace levels. Since neither of them had done something like this before, I was as proud of them as they were proud of their accomplishment.
Once the thermostat was working, I used the accessible Honeywell Home app to configure the thermostat. The process was accessible, but some of the screens required me to explore the screen to find the needed buttons. But everything was labelled to read with VoiceOver.
As a part of the app setup process, you do need a code that flashes on the thermostat’s display. So, configuring the T5+ to work with the Honeywell Home app is not as accessible as it could be today.
Setting the thermostat to work with HomeKit was not as accessible as I would have liked. Even if I knew the code, the process didn’t allow for it to be manually entered; instead, the camera on the phone must be used to report the thermostat’s code to the iPhone.
Once I had the settings and HomeKit configured, I loved being able to ask Siri for the indoor temperature. Getting her to change the temperature was honestly a little exciting.
For the first time in my life, I now have total control over the temperature in my home. That’s exactly what I was hoping to accomplish. Thanks to Mom and Aunt Barb, it’s working as well as I could have expected.
Now, I can start looking forward to the day when the process of installing and configuring something like the T5+ is accessible.
I can also look at other HomeKit-compatible devices. Next up will be a smart lock.