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Honeywell's new Lyric thermostat takes direct aim at Nest

When it comes to programmable thermostats, the Nest Learning Thermostat usually gets top billing. The Nest Learning Thermostat’s round design, intuitive interface, and energy saving features were enough to win over quite a few customers (and the ire of Honeywell which responded with lawsuits citing patent infringement).
 
But instead of lawsuits, this time around Honeywell is responding with its own stylish thermostat that takes direct aim at Nest. Honeywell’s new Lyric thermostat incorporates many of the features that made the Nest so popular (including a rotating bezel to scroll through settings and the ability to learn your heating/cooling habits), but also includes geofencing to further enhance the Home/Away settings found on the Nest.

 
With geofencing, the Lyric can automatically put your thermostat into an energy saver mode when you leave the house. But more importantly, it can sense when you are returning home based on the location of your smartphone and automatically turn on the heat or A/C to your preferred temperature setting. This is a step up from the Nest thermostat which will only adjust the temperature if 1) it’s on a preset schedule, 2) you manually change it with your smartphone app, or 3) you walk past the thermostat to “wake” the system.

 
Besides the geofencing, much of the other functionality is quite similar to the Nest including the ability to alert you when you need to change your filters, and adjust temperature settings in your home based on both indoor and outdoor humidity, temperature, and weather.

 
"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."

 
Honeywell’s new Lyric thermostat is currently available for HVAC contractors, and will be available to retail customers in August for $279.

Source: Honyewell





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By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/10/2014 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 5
Having a Nest, you can set it to adjust the temperature based on your parameters. ALSO, after about a week or two or monitoring your behavior, the Nest will fine-tune those temperature parameters based on your comings and goings.

However, the Nest is still adjusting temperature based on a preset schedule -- either one set by you, or one set by the Nest.

With the Lyric, it takes things a step further by actually changing the temperature based on your location.

Let's take this example

Nest: My Nest has learned my routine and knows that I will be home by 5PM, so it turns the A/C on automatically at around 4:45 to make sure that it's at my set temperature at 5PM and maintains it.

If I decided to come home at 6:00 instead, the Nest would still come on at 4:45 and maintain my temperature... wasting over an hour of runtime.

Lyric: It has a 7-mile geofence radius. So if I start making my way back home and cross the 7-mile barrier, the system will kick on to pre-cool instead of turning on based on a predetermined time schedule.


By Monkey's Uncle on 6/10/2014 11:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
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Lyric: It has a 7-mile geofence radius. So if I start making my way back home and cross the 7-mile barrier, the system will kick on to pre-cool instead of turning on based on a predetermined time schedule.


Not all that helpful if you live within 5 miles of your home or you forget/leave your phone at home.

I hope this feature can be disabled.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/10/2014 12:06:23 PM , Rating: 5
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Not all that helpful if you live within 5 miles of your home or you forget/leave your phone at home.

I surely hope that you live within 5 miles of your home ;)


By kattanna on 6/10/2014 2:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
I LOL'd

thanks


By Monkey's Uncle on 6/10/2014 4:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
LOL ya.

But I think you get the meaning here if you work just a few miles away from your home, this location feature would be pretty useless. :D


RE: not that I like the nest but this is wrong
By Reclaimer77 on 6/10/14, Rating: 0
By bah12 on 6/10/2014 5:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yep a Glass sensor will detect a flush in skin cells, and determine I'd like it cooler than usual... I for one welcome our thermostat overlords.


By Monkey's Uncle on 6/11/2014 9:49:47 AM , Rating: 2
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Brother, it's gonna know if you're even thinking about cooling or heating! :P It'll know if you're even thinking about going home lol.


Just waiting for the NSA to backdoor Lyric...

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