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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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RE: not that I like the nest but this is wrong
By Jeffk464 on 6/10/2014 1:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
With nest being purchased by google google is going full bore into home automation. Pretty soon the thermostat will just be part of you whole home automation system and I find that pretty exciting.

RE: not that I like the nest but this is wrong
By Argon18 on 6/10/2014 2:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't. Google is an advertising company first and foremost. So instead of just tracking your every email and web search, they'll now also track your habits around your home. They'll store all this in a database and compile profiles. They'll sell those profiles to marketers, and when you turn the heat up a few degrees in the winter time, your SmartFridge will bombard you Snuggie informercials.

Funny how people get all riled up at the NSA tracking peoples communications and patterns, but shrug their shoulders when Google/Facebook/etc does the same and more.

By amanojaku on 6/10/2014 3:21:08 PM , Rating: 3
Funny how people get all riled up at the NSA tracking peoples communications and patterns, but shrug their shoulders when Google/Facebook/etc does the same and more.
Google isn't trying to throw you in prison. It doesn't even have that power.

The NSA, CIA, etc... Have abused their powers under both parties. They don't need any more.

By Reclaimer77 on 6/10/2014 3:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah funny how people get more upset at the NSA (illegally) assuming we're all terrorists than a company selling advertising.

What a crazy world we live in! God people are stupid...


By superflex on 6/11/2014 3:11:03 PM , Rating: 2
Wait until someone hacks your home automation system.
You'll be less than excited.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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