The Lux TX9600TS is a basic thermostat that delivers excellent performance on the thing that matters most in modern digital thermostats – it turns your heating and cooling system, such as an HVAC, on and off at the right time and to the right temperature.
Many people may find it too basic for their tech-savvy needs, but most of its buyers are highly satisfied with its overall performance. It’s no wonder that it still finds its way into many lists of the best smart thermostats!
Lux Products TX9600TS Programmable Touch Screen Thermostat
This may be a basic thermostat but it’s also a relatively smart thermostat, so there are definitely plenty of features that will catch your attention and encourage you to buy it.
Easy to install
We have to say that it’s so easy and quick to install the Lux programmable thermostat, a convenient feature for less-than-tech-savvy individuals. You can watch the installation video and install in on your own, if you can, particularly if you have the DIY skills for it. Basically, you just have to remove the old thermostat and attach the wires to the new Lux thermostat, mount it on a wall, and voila!
But we always suggest asking the professional assistance of a licensed electrician, since your system may require additional wiring work. You shouldn’t risk your own safety and your house’s integrity by taking a chance.
Easy to use
But before attaching the unit to a wall, you have to set the eight switches on the circuit board (i.e., programming process). We strongly suggest reading the instruction manual for specific instructions regarding their proper positions; per our experience, the instructions are on pages 17 and 18 of the manual. The proper positioning of the switches is a must, so that the thermostat will recognize your home’s heating and cooling system, as well as your preferred operations settings.
After programming has been completed, you just need to set the control switches, and follow the prompts for operation displayed onscreen. When the thermostat has been installed and programmed, it can be left on its own, then you can go about your business and let it do its work. You have to check on it regularly, nonetheless, but it’s a self-regulating device, sort of.
You may also use the manual override feature for switching the thermostat on and off, in case you want to override the programmed settings. You can also restrict access to the thermostat’s controls with the PIN lock facility.
By programming the thermostat to turn the heating and/or cooling system in your home on and off, you can actually save money on energy bills – as much as $180 per year, according to Energy Star. Of course, the actual amount of your savings will vary depending on several factors, including the type of system installed in your home. You should ideally also spend time and effort on determining the most efficient setting for your home, which should pay off with reduced energy bills month after month.
Also, the Lux thermostat is powered by three power sources – by batteries alone, using two AA alkaline batteries; 24 AV volts alone; and 24 volts AC with battery backup. Many buyers report that the first option seems to be the best, because the thermostat performed well with the accurate displays of room temperature. But it has its drawback, too, including regular replacement of batteries.
With recovery feature
We like the optional recovery feature, too. Basically, the Lux thermostat changes to your desired temperature setting as early as necessary. By the time your scheduled time arrives, the room has been warmed up or cooled down according to your preference. Your comfort level will increase because of it.
But it isn’t just about comfort, as the recovery feature also contributes to higher energy savings. This is especially true if you have a two-stage heating system, wherein the thermostat maximizes the use of the more energy-efficient first stage and minimizes the use of the less energy-efficient second stage.
- Easy to install and use with intuitive touchscreen controls
- 7-day program
- Compatible with most heating and cooling systems in North America
- With temporary override and PIN protect options
- Energy use monitor
- Affordable price with 3-year warranty included
- No remote access connection
Of course, there are a few things about the Lux thermostat that fall behind in comparison with competing products. We think, for example, that it isn’t as stylish as the Nest Learning 3rd generation thermostat, but it’s a functional product so that can be overlooked.
We are also of the opinion that it can be improved with remote control features, such as those on the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat, as well as with more screen display options like on a Honeywell thermostat.
But these are relatively minor flaws when its practical features are considered.
Aside from being compatible with most heating and cooling systems in the United States and Canada, it performs well on the most important thing in a thermostat – reduced energy bills from the efficient use of the heating and cooling systems.
Every consumer who buys a thermostat for his home considers such energy savings first, before the bells and whistles.