VIP Programmable Thermostat Instruction Manual

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Audio Customer Information for the Visually Impaired Programmable Talking Thermostat, Model numbers VIP 1007 for single stage heating and cooling systems, the VIP 2007 for two stage heat, single stage cool and heat pump systems and the VIP2207 for two stage heat and two stage cool systems. Please note that the VT2207 is not for use on heat pump systems.

Introduction

Congratulations on acquiring the VIP Talking Thermostat for visually impaired and blind users. The VIP is the first digital thermostat with audio playback of the day, time, indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so visually impaired and blind users can precisely and easily manage their indoor comfort.

Section 1, GETTING TO KNOW THE VIP Talking Thermomstat.

The best way to get familiar with your new VIP thermostat is to pick it up and examine it! Knowing where everything is located will help you to easily follow its voice instructions.

We will now review the locations of all the VIP thermostat's buttons, switches and other physical features.
To get your bearings, hold the VIP thermostat in both hands with the rounded side in your left hand. The thermostat's dimensions are approximately 6 inches across, 4 inches high and 1 and one half inches deep. Feel along the underside of the thermostat until you find a flexible plastic ribbon inserted between the two pairs of batteries. This ribbon prevents the batteries from discharging during shipping. Remove this ribbon by gently pulling it until it is separate from the thermostat. The thermostat should now have power from the batteries.

Return your hands to their original positions. Move your left thumb along the curved side until it meets the top flat edge. Then move your thumb one inch down the flat front surface and you'll find a small round button. This is the HELP button. Press it and you'll hear useful service information. This also confirms the batteries are working correctly. If you don't hear anything you'll need to check if the batteries are properly installed and are not discharged. To check the batteries please fast forward to "Replacing Batteries" in section four.

Move down about one half inch more and you will find a one inch round protrusion for the speaker. Move one half inch below the speaker and you'll find another small round button. This is the REPORT button. Press it and you'll hear the day, time, indoor temperature and thermostat setting.

Now move your right thumb up the flat right side of the thermostat until you reach the top right corner. Now move your thumb one inch down the front surface, and you'll find a small round button. This is the Backlight and Version Number button. Briefly pressing this button illuminates the display screen for 5 seconds. Press and hold down the button for about 7 seconds and you will hear the software version of your VIP thermostat.

Move your thumb about one half inch to the left. You will find two half circle buttons, one above the other. They will be separated by a quarter inch space. These are the UP and DOWN buttons, and are used to adjust temperature settings and make programming changes. The top button is the UP button and the bottom button is the DOWN button. Each time you press the UP button, the thermostat temperature will be raised by 1 degree and the new temperature setting will be spoken. Each time you press the DOWN button, the thermostat temperature will be lowered by 1 degree and the new temperature setting will be spoken.

Move your right thumb down one half inch and then to the left until you find a curved flange opening. Gently pull it with your thumb and the front panel door will swing down. Once open you can access the switches and buttons that operate the thermostat.

Place the VIP thermostat on a table or other flat surface. With the panel door open, you will find a curved edge at the top of the opening. Run your finger to the right along the curved edge to the end corner. Move your finger back left one half inch and then down one half inch until you find a slide switch. This is the MODE switch. With your thumb slide the switch up as far as it will go. The thermostat is now set to run in heat. Slide the switch down until you feel one click. The thermostat is now set to the OFF position. Press the REPORT button to hear confirmation that the thermostat setting is off. If you forgot the location of the round REPORT button, it's on the lower left side of the case. Slide the switch down one more click to the bottom position. The thermostat is now set to run in cool.

Move your finger left about one half inch until you find another up and down slide switch. This controls your fan. With your thumb, slide the switch up as far as it will go. The fan is now in the ON position. Slide it down until it clicks into the bottom position. The fan is now in the AUTO position, and will only operate when heating or cooling is running.

Move your finger left about one half inch until you find a round button. This is the Yes button. Immediately below it is another round button. This is the No button. These are used to accept or decline programming changes.

Move your finger left about one quarter inch until you find two more round buttons one above the other. The upper button is the WEEKEND button. The lower button is the WEEKDAY button. The WEEKEND button is used to set up Saturday & Sunday programmable settings. The WEEKDAY button is used to set up Monday through Friday programmable settings.

Move your finger left about one quarter inch until you find two more round buttons one above the other. The upper button is the program ON-OFF button. The lower button is the RUN button. Press the ON / OFF button. If you hear "Program is On", the thermostat is set to programmable operation. If you hear "Program is Off", the thermostat is set to run as a conventional thermostat. Pressing the ON / OFF button toggles between program ON, and, program OFF. The RUN button is used to accept program changes.

Move your finger left one quarter inch until you find one more round button. This is the DAY/TIME button. Press this button to change day and time to the correct settings. Move your finger left and down about one quarter inch until you find a much smaller round button. This is the RESET button. Briefly press the RESET button if you wish to exit program setup without accepting any changes.

Close the front panel door by swinging it up until it clicks into place. Find the door's curved flange opening again, and then move your finger up one half inch until you find a smooth, one by two inches rectangular surface. This is the L C D screen that displays all operations that are spoken.

That's it! For more information about the function of each button or switch, refer to the, Case Buttons & Display Screen, and, the Front Panel Switches & Buttons sections.

Section 2, GETTING TO KNOW EACH FEATURE

Now that we have reviewed the general layout, let's go over the function of each button, switch, and other features. As each is reviewed, see if you can locate them on your thermostat.

Front Panel Switches & Buttons.

Most of the set up buttons and switches are located inside the front panel door. Gently pull the door down to access these. We will start with the button all the way to the left and then move right. When a buttons is located above another button it is described first.

RESET Button. Briefly press the RESET button when you wish to exit program setup without accepting any changes. Your original program settings will be maintained. Please note that the RESET button is recessed and a pencil or other pointed object may be needed to press this button.

SET DAY/TIME Button. Press this button to hear instructions on adjusting the day and/or time settings.

ON/OFF Button. This turns the programmable operation on and off. Press this button to hear "Program is On, or "Program is Off". Pressing again toggles between program on, and program off.

RUN Button. Located below the ON/Off button, this button advances and stores programming changes. It also is used to turn off a temporary override of the programmable temperature setting. For the sighted user the word OVERIDE disappears from the display screen.

WEEKEND Button. Press this to program Saturday and Sunday time & temperature settings.

WEEKDAY Button. Located below the WEEKEND button, press this to program Monday through Friday time & temperature settings.

YES Button. Press to confirm a voice instruction.

NO Button. Located below the Yes button, press to decline a voice instruction.

FAN SWITCH moved up to the ON Position. When this slide switch is all the way up, the fan runs continuously. For the sighted user, FAN appears on the display screen when in the ON position.

FAN SWITCH moved down to the AUTO Position. When this slide switch is all the way down the fan runs only when heating or cooling is operating.

MODE SWITCH moved up to the HEAT Position. When the slide switch is all the way up the thermostat is set to bring on heating. For the sighted user, HEAT appears on the display screen when operating.

MODE SWITCH moved to the middle OFF Position. When this slide switch is set to the middle position, the thermostat is set to off, and will not bring on heating or cooling. When the report button is pressed, You will hear, the thermostat setting is OFF. For the sighted user, OFF appears on the display screen).

MODE SWITCH moved down to the COOL Position. When this slide switch is all the way down the thermostat is set to bring on cooling. For the sighted user, COOL appears on the display screen when operating.

Case Buttons & Display Screen.

All case buttons are located on the front of the thermostat for ready ease of use.
HELP Button. Located in top left hand corner, press this button to hear useful service information.
REPORT Button. Located in bottom left hand corner, press this button to hear the day of the week, time, indoor temperature, and the temperature setting.
If you do not hear any audio playback when the REPORT button is pressed, the batteries may need to be replaced. For the sighted user, the display screen may display LO BAT or be blank.
If you hear a low battery warning when the REPORT button is pressed, the batteries need to be replaced. The unit will continue to operate for approximately 4 weeks, allowing you enough time to make necessary arrangements. For the sighted user, LO BAT appears on the display screen.

If you hear "It's time to check your air filter", when the REPORT button is pressed, your heating & cooling system has run a period time to require your air filter to be checked. The default run time is 1 month but can be adjusted by your service company. For the sighted user, Check Filter appears on the display screen and disappears after the REPORT button is pressed.

If you hear, "Operating hours indicate it is time to call for service", your heating & cooling system has run a period time to require maintenance service. The default run time is 6 months but can be adjusted by your service company. For the sighted user, "C F S" appears at the temperature setting location on the display screen. "C F S" stands for, Call For Service. To discontinue the call for service message and remove the C F S display press and hold the NO button down for 10 seconds.

UP Button. Half circle located in top right and corner. For each time pressed you will hear the temperature setting increased one degree.

DOWN Button. Half circle located below the UP button. For each time pressed you will hear the temperature setting decreased one degree.

Backlight and Version Number Button: Located immediately to the right of the UP and Down buttons. Briefly press and the display screen is illuminated by a backlight for 5 seconds. Press and hold the same button down for approximately 7 seconds and you'll hear the operating software version number of your VIP thermostat.

The following are the four time periods used when your VIP is operating as a programmable thermostat.
WAKE Time. During program set up, you will hear a request to program this time period for time & temperature setting. WAKE is the time you get up from sleeping. For the sighted user, an arrow points to WAKE on the display screen.
DAY Time. This is the second time period you will be asked to program. DAY is the time you leave your home for the day. For the sighted user, an arrow points to DAY on the display screen.
EVENING Time. This is the third time period you will be asked to program. EVENING is the time you return home for the evening. For the sighted user, an arrow points to EVE on the display screen.
SLEEP Time. This is the fourth time period you will be asked to program. SLEEP is the time you go to sleep. For the sighted user, an arrow points to SLEEP on the display screen.

Day of Week. When the report button is pressed, you will hear the day of week. For the sighted user, the current day of the week appears on the display screen.

A.M. or P. M. you will hear A M or P M after the time played when the REPORT button is pressed. For the sighted user A M or P M appears on the display screen.

FAHRENHEIT. You will hear temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit. For the sighted user the letter "F" appears on the display screen.

CELSIUS. If you prefer to hear the temperature in degrees Celsius, press and hold both the YES and NO buttons down for at least 7 seconds. For the sighted user, the letter "C" appears on the display screen.

OVERRIDE. You can temporarily override the programmed temperature setting until the next time period by pressing the UP or DOWN button. You will hear your new temperature settings with each press of the UP or DOWN button. For the sighted user, OVERRIDE appears on the display screen.

Section 3, SETTING UP YOUR THERMOSTAT.

Okay, now that you are familiar with where the button and switches are located, its time to get your thermostat ready to install. Lets start with, Changing the Day and Time Settings.

The first thing you need to do is program the thermostat to the correct day and time. Press the DAY/TIME button and you'll hear the default settings and question if you want to change it.
"Monday 12:00 A.M." "Do you want to change the Day or Time Settings? Press YES or NO." If the NO button is pressed, the day and time settings remain the same.
Press the YES button and you will hear. "Would you like voice instructions? Press the YES or NO button."
Press the YES button. Then you will hear.
"Press the UP or Down Key to set minutes. When finished press RUN."
Press the UP button once and you'll hear "1". Press again and you'll hear "2". Keep pressing until you have set the correct number of current minutes. When you have, press the RUN button to accept and the correct minute setting is repeated.
Then you'll hear. "Press the UP or Down Key to set the hour of the day. When finished press RUN.
Press the UP button once and you'll hear, "1 A.M. Press again and you'll hear, 2 A.M. Keep pressing until you've set the correct hour time. When you have press the RUN button to accept, the correct hour setting is repeated. Then you'll hear.
"Press the UP or Down Key to set the day of the week. When finished press RUN."
Press the UP button once and you'll hear "Tuesday". Press again and you'll hear "Wednesday". Keep pressing until you've set the correct day of the week. Press the RUN button to accept, and the correct day of the week setting is repeated. You will then hear your new day, hour, and minute settings followed by, "Program complete.

Congratulations, you've now changed the day and time to their correct settings. Now anytime you wish to hear the day of the week, time, indoor temperature and temperature settings, just press the REPORT button.

For the sighted user, on the display screen the larger, lower number is the indoor temperature. Above it, is a smaller number that is the temperature setting.

Regular or Programmable Operation.

The VIP can be used as a regular or a programmable thermostat by pressing the PROGRAM, ON / OFF button.

When pressed and "Program is Off" is heard, the VIP operates as a regular thermostat. Each press of the UP or DOWN key changes the setting by one degree. You also hear each degree change as you press the button.

What is Programmable Operation?

When set to programmable operation, the VIP Talking Thermostat will automatically change your temperature settings four times each weekday, and four times each weekend day. This can save you money by not excessively running your system when you are away or asleep.

To determine if the thermostat is set to programmable operation, flip down the front panel door and press the ON / OFF button. If you hear, "Program is On," the thermostat is set to run programmable operation. If you hear, "Program is Off," press the button again, and you'll hear, "Program is On".

The VIP thermostat comes pre-programmed with default time and temperature settings. To hear these settings, press the WEEKDAY or WEEKEND button. When instructed to, "Press the UP or DOWN key to set WAKE time. When finished press RUN." just press the NO button. Pressing the NO button allows you to hear the current WAKE time settings without making any changes. Continue to press NO as the program advances to DAY time, EVENING time, and SLEEP time to hear each of these settings.

The factory default settings are as follows.
WEEKDAY.
Wake Up, 6 A.M. Heat, 70 degrees, Cool, 78 degrees.
Day, 8 A.M. Heat, 62 degrees, Cool, 85 degrees.
Evening, 6 P.M. Heat, 70 degrees, Cool, 78 degrees.
Sleep, 10 P.M. Heat, 62 degrees, Cool, 82 degrees.
That completes the 4 weekday settings.
The WEEKEND settings are the same times and temperatures as the weekday settings.

Changing Your Programmable Operation Settings.

You can conveniently change programmable settings before or after installing the thermostat. Begin by opening the front panel door and set the far right slide switch all the way up to the HEAT position. If the slide switch is set to the OFF position, the VIP will remind you to "turn system to heat or cool and then press the WEEKDAY or WEEKEND button".

To change the Monday through Friday program settings, press the WEEKDAY button and you'll hear, "Do you want to change the program? Press YES or NO."
If the NO button is pressed, the programmable settings remain the same.
Press the YES button and you will hear the following voice message."
"Would you like voice instructions? Press YES, or NO."
Press the YES button and you will hear,
"Press the UP or DOWN key to set WAKE time. When finished press RUN.
70 Degrees, 6:00 A.M."
Each press of the UP or DOWN key advances the minute setting by 10-minute increments. Press the UP button once and you will hear, "10". Press it again and you will hear, "20". Press the RUN button to accept, and you will hear, "20", your new minute setting.
You will then hear,"Press the UP or DOWN key to set hour of the day. When finished press RUN."
Press the UP button once and you will hear "7 A.M". Press it again and you will hear "8 A.M. Press the RUN button to accept your changes and you will hear, "8 A.M.", your new hour setting.
You will then hear, "Press the UP or DOWN key to set temperature. When finished press RUN.
Press the UP button once and you will hear, "71". Press it again and you'll hear, "72". Press the RUN button to accept your changes and you will hear your new temperature setting, "72".
You will then hear, "Press the UP or DOWN key to set DAY time. When finished press RUN.

Follow the same procedure as you did for WAKE time to adjust the DAY Settings. Evening and Sleep Settings will follow and are adjusted the same way.

To change the Saturday and Sunday program settings, press the WEEKEND button and follow the same procedure as you did for WEEKDAY.

To change your programmable operation settings for cool, simply slide the MODE switch all the way down to the COOL position and follow the same procedure.

If you wish to exit program setup without accepting any changes briefly press the RESET button. with the tip of a ball point pen. Your original program settings will be maintained.

Now that we've gone through everything it's a good idea to practice using the thermostat. A good place to start is by actually programming the Programmable Operation settings to your own time and temperature preferences. Don't be afraid to change things. You can't break it and any wrong settings can always be corrected!

Time Saving tip

Time Saving Tip: To accept the current settings when your hear "Press the UP or DOWN key to set Wake, Day, Evening or Sleep time. When finished press RUN" button" just press the NO button. This allows you to skip the time periods that don't require any setting changes. It is especially useful when you wish to change only one or two time or temperature settings.

Section 4, OTHER THERMOSTAT CAPABILITIES

Quick Program Override

When program is on, programmed temperature settings can be temporarily overridden by pressing the UP or DOWN buttons. You'll hear the new temperature setting with each press of the UP or DOWN button. The new temporary temperature setting will remain until the next program time occurs or the RUN button is pressed. (For the sighted user the word OVERRIDE appears on the display screen).

Temperature Span

The temperature span to bring your system on & off is calibrated for normal operation. If adjustment is desired, please refer to Setting Cycle Rate on page 5 of the printed Users Guide instruction sheet that came with your VIP or contact your service company.

Replacing Batteries

Replacing Batteries (LO BAT) To change batteries, first remove the front body by pressing your thumb on the plastic clasp located in the middle of the lower edge. While pushing the clasp in with your thumb, carefully pull and upward tilt the front body until detached.

4 AA batteries are located at the inside top of the front body. Press the batteries upward to remove them from bracket and replace with fresh 4 AA alkaline batteries. Make sure the positive ends of the new batteries are inserted facing the "non-spring" positive terminals of the battery compartment. Note: installing batteries the wrong way can damage thermostat.

Check Filter and Call For Service Alert Messages

After a programmed period of time has elapsed, the VIP will remind you, when the REPORT button is pressed, to clean or replace your air filter and to call your service company for routine maintenance. For the sighted user the words Check FILT and C F S appear on the display screen. The check filter alert message default setting is one month and the call for service alert message default setting is six months. If a different filter and service time periods are desired, please refer to page four of the printed Users Guide instruction sheet that came with your VIP or contact your service company. To remove the check filter alert message press the REPORT button. To remove the call for service alert message press and hold down the NO button for 10 seconds.

This completes the instructions for the VIP 1005 thermostat. If you have a VIP 2005 thermostat for heat pump and two stage heating systems, please continue reading.

Section 6, Installation, Wiring, Technical and Troubleshooting Information

The printed Users Guide instruction sheet that came with your VIP contains more detailed information than can be included in the audio instructions. Please refer to it if you have questions that are not covered in this audio overview.

Section 7, Special Instructions for the VIP 2005 Two Stage Heat and Heat Pump Thermostat

The first stage of the VIP 2005 has the same features and operation as the VIP 1005 single stage. For sighted users the screen displays a constant shining HEAT icon when the thermostat is calling for heat in first stage.

After running in first stage for eight minutes the VIP2005 will engage the second stage if it senses that that additional heat is required. For sighted users the screen displays HEAT and HI icon when the thermostat is in second stage. The thermostat will then cycle between first and second stage without a delay as demand for heating requires. On heat pump systems the initial eight minute delay can be reduced to one minute by Activating Emergency Heat, as explained later in the audio instructions. The delay will remain one minute. To return to an eight minute delay perform a Full Factory Reset as explained in the RESET Key section on page 5 of the Users Guide instructions that came with your VIP. Please contact your service company if questions about adjusting the second stage delay time.

Second Stage Temperature Differential

The temperature differential to bring second stage heat on and off is calibrated for normal operation. If adjustment is desired, please refer to page six of the printed Users Guide instruction sheet that came with your VIP or contact your service company.

Activating Emergency Heat On Heat Pump Systems

If the heat pump fails to operate due to a broken fan blade or other problem, you can shut down the heat pump and operate on auxiliary or emergency heat until service is available.

To activate emergency heat press and hold the RUN button down for about 8 seconds or until you hear the relay click.  For the sighted user the display screen shows the EON icon. To disengage or deactivate the emergency heat again press and hold the RUN button down for about 8 seconds or until you hear the relay click.  For the sighted user the display screen briefly shows the EOF icon. Currently, audio playback to indicate emergency heat operation is not available.

Please note that the emergency heat feature will not operate on heat pump systems using an outdoor thermostat. Please contact your service company should you have any questions about using the VIP 2005 with your heat pump system.

This concludes the VIP 2005 section and all audio instructions.

Section 6, Features.

* Audio playback of current day, time, indoor temperature and temperature setting for the visually impaired.
* Complete audio walk through instructions of thermostat set up & programming.
* Audio alerts when air filter needs checking, batteries low, and system hours indicate service is required.
* Operates on most single stage gas, oil or electric heating & cooling systems.
* 5 2 Programming (weekday / weekend)
* 4 time & temperature program settings.
* Off the wall programmable.
* Battery powered by 4 "A.A. Alkaline batteries.
* Temperature range 40 degrees Fahrenheit, to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Stores heating & cooling temperature settings.
This thermostat was designed and manufactured by
SmartWay Solutions, Inc.
Customer information for model numbers VIP1005 and VIP2005 Talking Thermostats
This is customer information sheet number VIPCI 0205
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Created on ... September 14, 2007