Honeywell Gets Into Home Automation with Nest Competitor Lyric
Move over Nest, there is another smart thermostat coming to town this August. Honeywell, a leader in home security and control for over 125 years, introduced Lyric earlier this week, its first smart thermostat for the consumer market.
The round thermostat, connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi to allow you to control the temperature and view reports remotely. The design of the thermostat may seem very similar to the Nest but Honeywell insists that the Lyric’s design is based on the Round Thermostat they introduced to the market back in 1953.
Unlike Nest which tries to learn your heating and cooling patterns and then make decisions for you, Lyric uses geo-fencing to understand if you are home, away or on your way to change the temperature according to your settings. You can always change your temperature while at home directly on the device or via the app, which also comes in handy when you want to change settings remotely.
Another big difference between Nest and Lyric is the Fine Tune feature which factors in indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its alogrithm to provide the optimal temperature for homeowners.
In the Lyric app, Honeywell has allowed for shortcuts which can be set for specific, recurring situations, say for when you are working out at home, or when your in-laws who are always cold come over. With one-tap your Lyric can change no matter where you are. Honeywell has also equipped the app with push notifications for when your temperature or humidity reaches certain levels in the home for you to action.
According to Honeywell, Lyric is the first in a family of connected home products that we should see out of the company. 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).
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