The Honeywell Lyric is the newest smart thermostat to be unveiled and is sure to turn some heads. It’s classic design coupled with the ease of installation and amazing capabilities are going to make the Nest thermostat look like more of a gimmick than anything. Honeywell has launched a website to promote their newest thermostat. The idea for the Lyric is based on the ability to control the thermostat with a smartphone with one huge amazing bonus feature: The thermostat recognizes a virtual fence around itself and when you bring your phone inside the fence it knows how to adjust the comfort level in your home so that you don’t have to do anything.
The Lyric beats the Nest on two very important features:
1) Proximity based temperature changes based on your actual location rather than how the Nest has to “see” you with it’s integrated “eye”.
2) Fine Tune – enables the thermostat to make smart decisions about how your home actually feels.
The Lyric knows you have left the house and adjusts the temperature accordingly. You will save money on your electric bill by not having your heating and air conditioning system running while you’re away. When you return home, the Lyric changes the temperature in the home to meet your expectations.
The Lyric has a special feature called Fine Tune that utilizes humidity sensor and weather information to test how the air in your home “feels” and it knows that drier air feels cooler so it compensates accordingly so you don’t have to adjust a thing.
Here’s what Honeywell had to say about Lyric in their press release today:
There’s no such thing as a regular routine for today’s busy families. No two days are alike and schedules change by the minute. Honeywell (NYSE: HON), the leader in managing home comfort and security for 125 years, is today launching the LyricTM thermostat to put you back in control. The Lyric thermostat knows when you are coming and going, based on smartphone location, to deliver comfort when you’re home and savings when you’re away.
The Lyric thermostat is the first offering in a new family of innovative connected home products from Honeywell, the recognized category leader found in more than 150 million homes globally. The Lyric thermostat is designed for how people really live today:
- Using the location of your smartphone, the geofencing feature automatically turns the Lyric thermostat into energy saving mode when a home is empty, and then senses when you are coming home and heats or cools the house to your preferred temperature.
- The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature for homeowners. No other do-it-yourself Wi-Fi thermostat on the market does that.
“Most people don’t have a predictable pattern to how they live their lives; why not have a thermostat that adjusts based on your real-time schedule?” says Beth Wozniak, president of Honeywell Environmental and Combustion Controls. “With the Lyric thermostat’s geofencing capability, my house returns to my preferred comfort setting when I’m within a few miles from
home. Quite simply, the Lyric thermostat offers me the ability to keep my life in tune – delivering comfort when I’m home and savings when I’m gone.”
Beyond a smartphone, the temperature can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial control on the thermostat itself. With the Lyric app (available via the App Store on iTunesTM and Google PlayTM), homeowners can adjust their home’s temperature to life as it happens, wherever they are. When a homeowner walks up to the Lyric thermostat, a built-in proximity sensor signals the display to turn on and show current temperature and the home’s heating or cooling status. A soft halo of light in orange (heating), blue (cooling), or green (away/energy savings) momentarily illuminates around the thermostat to indicate it is making temperature adjustments. Additionally, touch-sensitive buttons flank the center display – one for accessing current and upcoming weather information, and one for setting back your temperature while you’re away. The Lyric thermostat provides easy-to-understand alerts on when to change a filter, if and when your furnace needs servicing, and even help find a trusted service professional.
The gloss white finish and silver accents of the Lyric thermostat, along with its shallow depth and flush wall mount, add a contemporary appearance to any room. Beyond contemporary design and innovative functionality, it delivers the same reliable control and accuracy for which Honeywell is known since it introduced the iconic ‘Round®’ in 1953.
The Lyric thermostat is available now via professional heating and cooling contractors, and will be available at retail beginning in August 2014 for $279 (MSRP). To learn more, please visit www.lyric.honeywell.com. Consumers who want installation assistance can search for a local contractor at www.lyric.honeywell.com.
Check out Honeywell’s Lyric website for more information.