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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: I will stick with my Nest
By kamk44 on 6/10/2014 3:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they are trying to reassert their "ownership" of the round design. Interesting how they regarded the round design as theirs but failed to see how it could be used in a modern thermostat until someone else did it first. The Nest gave them a jolt and caused a bit of scrambling to get their own design out, which is not necessarily a bad thing. To their credit I do think this one is different enough from the Nest so that it is not a blatent copy.

RE: I will stick with my Nest
By sprockkets on 6/10/2014 9:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
Honeywell had a round programmable thermostat as well many years ago that was controlled by the outer ring, and not just the inner one.

RE: I will stick with my Nest
By BillyBatson on 6/11/2014 12:54:32 PM , Rating: 2
a bit of scrambling? Nest has been out for 4 years and Honeywell has released several competing products in that time that weren't round, they definitely weren't in a hurry or scrambling. Perhaps they think with a round design they can slow down the sales of Nest or confuse some of the less informed customers to buy their product.

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