You'll never ever need to get up off your couch to transform your thermostat again. Honeywell's Lyric Thermostat is one of a new breed of "smart" thermostats that you can control using your smart device. This $279 device can likewise sense when you're arriving home or leaving for work, as well as will immediately establish the temperature in feedback.
Harkening back to its thermostats from the '50s, the Honeywell Lyric is circular, with a large white face surrounded by chrome trim. In the center is a small, circular touch screen that shows the temperature. Simply over that is a smaller sized, arc-shaped display that indicates if the Verse is home heating or cooling, and also what temperature level it's attempting to reach. To the left is a weather condition icon that, when pressed, reveals your neighborhood projection in the main display. On the right is a switch that allows you set the Away setting.
Like with the Nest, you can transform the outer ring of the Verse to alter the temperature; soft backlighting (blue for awesome, amber for cozy) adds a nice cozy touch. The dial technique of changing temperatures is so intuitive that it's a marvel why thermostat makers abandoned the idea for so long. I preferred the Nest right here, as transforming its dial provided a little bit much more resistance.
On the whole, the Lyric has a classy look, however does not feel as smooth or as costs as the smaller sized Nest.
The Lyric includes an optional white plastic guard that can be used to conceal openings, in instance you don't feel like spackling.
Honeywell makes mounting the Lyric as simple as possible. I won't bore you with all the details, yet the procedure was very similar to installing the Nest. First, I downloaded the Lyric application to my apple iphone, and followed the onscreen, detailed instructions.
I after that had to shut down power to the system. Next off, I had to install the Verse's baseplate to the wall, affix the suitable cords and then affix the top section of the thermostat to the baseplate.
Afterwards, I connected to the Verse from my phone by means of Wi-Fi. I after that configured the thermostat's settings to inform it the sort of cooling and heating system I had, my preferred temperature levels, as well as my location. In all, arrangement took around 15-20 mins.
Unlike the Nest, which has a built-in rechargeable battery, the Lyric needs a lithium AAA battery, which you require to replace yearly. Additionally, when you mount the battery, you require to turn on the heating mode for 5 minutes, after that the cooling cycle for 5 minutes, so that the Lyric can best compute the power needs of your COOLING AND HEATING system, and get the most juice out of the battery.
When you open the Lyric application, a little circle at honeywell the top reveals the present temperature in your residence or home, with a blue history to show if the Lyric is in cooling mode, and also an amber background if it's in home heating setting.
Beneath this circle are your occasion settings, such as "I'm leaving home" and also "I'm going to rest." You can produce as well as edit these for a selection of circumstances, such as having the Verse enter Away setting when you leave your home, or establishing it to enter Eco setting when you go to sleep.
Press on the circle at the top, and it broadens to reproduce the controls on the Verse itself. Below, you can by hand change from heating to cooling down settings, alter the temperature making use of a dial at the end of the display, check weather conditions as well as established an Away timer.
The Lyric sets the temperature level utilizing geofencing. That is, it changes from home to away modes depending on when you are home (even more especially, when your phone is house). You can establish the geofence to either 500 feet or 7 miles, but aggravatingly, this setting is not in the application itself. Instead, it remains in the App settings menu on iphone. I additionally want I might alter the distances.
The geofencing feature functioned rather well. I such as that the Verse started cooling my home prior to I obtained residence, so I didn't walk into a warm house. The Verse's Fine Tune function additionally makes slight modifications to the temperature level based upon exterior ecological problems. Nonetheless, there were numerous celebrations when the Verse failed to understand I had actually left, as well as kept cooling my apartment or condo while I was away. Other times, it took a while for the Verse to understand I had returned.
The Nest additionally has a couple of other features that the Verse lacks. For one, there's no way to see when your home heating or air conditioning was energetic on the Lyric. Additionally, while you can change every setting on the Nest thermostat's display screen, you need the Verse's mobile app to change particular settings, such as your location or Wi-Fi password. This can be a problem if you do not have your phone with you.