Honeywell Introduces Smart ‘Lyric’ Thermostat

Honeywell has advanced its smart connected home thermostat lineup with the launch of the Lyric thermostat. The Lyric thermostat is the first offering in a new series of connected home products from Honeywell, noted the company.

The Lyric thermostat is said to know when the homeowner is coming and going, based on smartphone location, to better control home comfort and energy savings. Using the location of the smartphone, a geofencing feature automatically turns the Lyric thermostat into energy saving mode when a home is empty, and then senses when the user is coming home and heats or cools the house to their preferred temperature.

In addition, a Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide a comfortable temperature for homeowners, according to the company.

When a homeowner walks up to the Lyric thermostat, a built-in proximity sensor signals the display to turn on and show current temperature and the home’s heating or cooling status. A soft halo of light in orange (heating), blue (cooling), or green (away/energy savings) momentarily illuminates around the thermostat to indicate it is making temperature adjustments. Touch-sensitive buttons flank the center display for accessing current and upcoming weather information, and for setting back the temperature when away. The thermostat also provides alerts on when to change a filter and when other service is needed.

Beyond a smartphone, the temperature can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial control on the thermostat itself. The Lyric app is available via the App Store on iTunes and Google Play for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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).