Honeywell takes on the smart home with the Lyric thermostat

Ian Hardy

June 10, 2014 9:32pm

“There is now a thermostat that will adapt to you.”

The race to own the thermostat is on. Nest has been the pioneer of this once outdated space for the past couple of years, but Honeywell has announced its first smart product, the Lyric thermostat. There are some similarities between Nest and Lyric: both have the ability to check and set the temperature while you’re away from the home via an iOS and Android app, and both have a focus on saving energy, offering to putting more money in your pocket.

However, where Honeywell sees an opening is with its Fine Tune feature. With the integration of the sensors in your smartphone, the Lyric goes beyond switching the temperature inside your home by factoring in a number of important attributes. It combines indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, and weather into its algorithm to provide you with “the most comfortable temperature.” In addition, Lyric also has the option to send you a notification when the furnace filter needs to be replaced or serviced.

The design of the Lyric is round, but Honeywell states they’ve been producing round products since 1953, so Nest better not come after them. The temperature appears when you approach the Lyric in a “soft halo of light” in orange (heating), blue (cooling), or green (away/energy savings). As for the price, it’s currently available to HVAC trades now, but will hit retail stores this coming August 2014 for $279.

Source: Honeywell
Via: YouTube, Engadget

  • MXH070

    Sold!…. I had a nest till the data mining machine Google bought it and started talking about putting advertising on it and mining the users data from it. I do miss the convenience of the nest but this Honeywell thermostat fills that void and more….

    • Laer

      Pretty happy with the ecobee I have. The branding sucks, mostly for the snow birds. No bridge is required though! Also, it’s ultra stable, the web site has great data/options, and the android app is feature rich and stable.

      Lastly it works well with a fan/coil domestic loop system, which are fairly rare.

    • Dave Scott

      Agreed, Ecobee is the king of the smart thermostats. And Ecobee has been around longer than Nest. Some of the “innovative” features of the Lyric have been available on Ecobee for some time.

    • Me Ted

      The Nest is amazing. Stop being so dramatic.

    • MXH070

      Where did I say nest was a piece of crap. I have no problem with nest as it is a great product but I have ISSUES with Google and it’s never ending hunger for personal data. We both know Google is working hard and furious to some how work in a way to get data from nest users to sell to a third party.

    • Me Ted

      Nah. You’re paranoid.

    • MXH070

      Nah I HATE telemarketing calls, knocking on my door from door to door sales people and wignut religious nuts knocking on the door wanting me to listen or read the crap they are pedaling.

    • MikeOxlong

      They have signs to place on your door for that. Heck, you could search Google images and find one to print out yourself if you weren’t so paranoid of them.

    • MikeOxlong

      The nest is superior. Also, if you were smart you’d have a full ad and tracker blocker running on your firewall so that no device would be subject to that garbage.