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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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Not sure how this helps
By mike8675309 on 6/10/2014 1:08:24 PM , Rating: 2
Will this thermostat be able to explain to my partner that when the A/C can't keep up that simply turning the thermostat down will not make things cooler?

I know the many times I've explained it has yet to have stuck.

RE: Not sure how this helps
By kamk44 on 6/10/2014 2:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
I need one that has a timer on it for the fan. My wife will change the setting from auto to on and then forget about it. A day later I'll find its been running non-stop. As for this article, I have a Honeywell programmable thermostat with wifi and it works pretty well. Once in a while it looses the network connection but then reconnects before too long. I don't know if it the thermostat or router but it only happens once a month or so. I've been very pleased as we've been using less electric and propane. It has paid for itself many times over. I don't think I need the additional features of this though. Especially since I'm often at home or nearby and wouldn't want the a/c or heat to kick on.

RE: Not sure how this helps
By Brandon Hill on 6/10/2014 2:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
I know that my Nest has a fan control setting that you can schedule however you like. I'm sure that Lyric will have something similar.

Here's a screenshot of what my settings page is for the fan:

RE: Not sure how this helps
By kamk44 on 6/10/2014 2:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting but what happens if someone manually turns on the fan overriding the schedule? Will it shut off after a while? If for instance it is hot in the kitchen while she is baking but the rest of the house is cool enough she will turn on the fan and forget to turn it off later. We have a newer house and the fan is so quiet it's easy to forget its on.

RE: Not sure how this helps
By kattanna on 6/10/2014 4:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
there isnt really an option to turn on the fan like with other thermostats, where you can flip a simple switch

you have to go into the thermostat, and set a timer, default 15 minutes, to activate just the fan

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