Honeywell has introduced its second generation of the Lyric Round smart thermostat at the beginning of 2017. It seems to be designed to compete with the top smart thermostats like the ecobee3 and Nest 3rd generation.
The new Honeywell Lyric thermostat design is identical to the previous generation featuring round body such as the Nest thermostat. The polished glass face displays the current temperature and the target temperature. Touch screen interface enables changing the temperature directly at the device.
- Geofencing feature senses whether people are at home or away to save energy
- Adjusts temperature based on the humidity to reach perfect “feels like” temperature
- Integrates with most of the smart home ecosystems
- Notifications and status updates of your HVAC system
- Easy installation
- Does not require C-Wire (if not using with HomeKit)
- No web portal for thermostat management
- Requires smartphone application for the “smart” functions (e.g. geofencing)
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Features
Location Based Climate Control
With the location-based climate control or otherwise known as geofencing feature, Lyric thermostat knows when people are at home or away and adjust the temperature accordingly. The geofencing feature requires you to set up the Lyric mobile application which is available for Android and iOS devices.
After you setup the application the Honeywell Lyric thermostat knows where you are by using your phone GPS location information and can recognize whether you are at home or away. It will switch to “away” mode to save energy when nobody is at home and will make sure the home temperature is right when someone gets back home.
The Lyric application allows to set up multiple users and it will be useful if your family members are leaving and coming home at various times. The Lyric thermostat will switch to “away” mode when last person (or Lyric app user) leaves the house and will turn back to “home” mode, when first one arrives home.
Adaptive Recovery Feature
After the thermostat switches on heating or cooling, it will take some time for air in the rooms to reach the right temperature. To deal with that issue and provide perfect home climate Honeywell Lyric has another smart feature.
Adaptive Recovery function helps thermostat to calculate heating and cooling system operation in such a way that the right temperature is reached on the scheduled time or when you get back home if geofencing feature is enabled. It determines the amount of time it takes for your home to reach the right temperature at your designated time.
Feels Like Temperature Control
The Honeywell Lyric thermostat has a built-in humidity sensor. It will monitor humidity levels at home and can start air circulation on its own to make sure it is right and prevent negative consequences such as growing mold.
Using built-in smart technology and the sensors the Honeywell Lyric thermostat takes into account many factors when setting home climate, such as indoor humidity, indoor temperature, and local weather data to make sure the temperature set is actually what it feels like.
Lyric Mobile Application
The Honeywell Lyric thermostat does not come with the user manual as many technology products do nowadays. Instead, you download Lyric mobile application which guides you through installation and setup process.
The Lyric application becomes even more useful after thermostat setup as you can control your home climate wherever you are as long as your smartphone is connected to the internet and you have the Lyric mobile application paired with your Lyric thermostat.
The mobile application displays the current indoor temperature as well as indoor humidity levels. You can change the temperature as well as fiddle with other thermostat settings.
The mobile app allows you to setup your shortcuts for the thermostat control and also view notifications. As mentioned before the geofencing feature allowing your thermostat to switch between comfort mode (“home” mode) or energy saving mode (“away” mode) uses mobile application GPS location data to determine whether you are at home or away.
The Lyric mobile application is quite an integral part of the Honeywell Lyric thermostat, and if you don’t have it set up, then you are missing quite a lot of smart features.
The timely heating and cooling system service and maintenance surely extend the lifetime of your equipment and saves you money. The Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat will send reminders to your phone when the service is due.
It will also alert you about the extreme temperatures at home and this is something that we all would like to know to act upon to reduce consequences.
Smart Home Integration
Honeywell Lyric thermostat supports main smart home ecosystems: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT. It will allow adjusting your home climate with the voice control by using some of the smart assistants such as Amazon Echo or Apple Siri.
The extensive integration possibilities mean that you can quickly add Honeywell Lyric to your existing smart home ecosystem. If you don’t have chosen it yet, you can freely select one whatever you like – compatibility does not limit the choice.
Cons of Honeywell Lyric Thermostat
The Honeywell Lyric thermostat does not provide a web portal for the energy consumption and reports. Probably one of the reasons why you are getting the smart thermostat is to save on the energy bills. It would be great to see that information as it is provided for example on the ecobee web portal.
If you currently are not using anything like a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, then you may face the issue that the Lyric thermostat requires the mobile application to provide you with the location-based smart function (geofencing feature).
Without mobile application, your thermostat will not be able to switch to energy-saving “away” mode when you are not at home and revert back to “home” for comfortable indoor climate when you get back home. Without the mobile application, you’ll not be able to control the thermostat from anywhere, except when you in front of it at home.
Honeywell Lyric Installation
Installing Honeywell Lyric is simple and easy by following the official Honeywell installation guidelines. The Lyric thermostat does not come with the user manual, but instead, you need to download Lyric mobile application and follow the steps for installation and setup.
Honeywell Lyric thermostat does not require a C-Wire to power it up in many cases, therefore the installation of the thermostat might be easier when comparing to similar devices.
The power from HVAC connection and a single AAA lithium battery provide enough power for the thermostat to operate. This method for “borrowing” power is also referred to as Phantom Power or Power Stealing.
Please note: When using Apple HomeKit the Lyric thermostat does require a C-Wire as indicated by Honeywell, so please make sure you have that if you plan to use with HomeKit.
Compatibility with Heating and Cooling Systems
The Honeywell Lyric thermostat is compatible with most of the heating, cooling, and heat pump systems. It does not work with electric baseboard heat (120-240V).
How Does Honeywell Lyric Compare to other Smart Thermostats?
Honeywell Lyric vs ecobee4
The ecobee4 is a flagman in their smart thermostat lineup and has been released in 2017 as an update for the older ecobee3 thermostat. The main difference is that ecobee4 device has Amazon Alexa capabilities built in allowing it to voice control home climate.
The ecobee4 thermostat price is a bit higher than Honeywell Lyric thermostat and it is similar to the Nest 3rd generation thermostat price. The main differentiator of ecobee smart thermostats is their ability to work with remote room sensors.
These sensors allow to monitor separate parts of your home and ensure that the temperature is monitored in only occupied rooms.
Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat will not have those capabilities for monitoring climate in separate rooms as it does not have capability to connect to the remote room sensors.
If you are fine with that and don’t have very different areas to monitor the climate for, then the Lyric thermostat will be enough for you.
Honeywell Lyric vs Honeywell Lyric T5
Honeywell Lyric Round and Lyric T5 even build by the same company, but they are very different in the way they look. The Lyric Round thermostat has obviously round design and is more similar to the Nest thermostat. The Honeywell Lyric T5 design is more conservative and more basic comparing to the sleek designed Lyric Round or the Nest thermostats.
Where comes the difference is the price – Lyric T5 is pretty much half price of the Lyric Round thermostat. When comparing the functionality of both it is quite similar, if not taking into account the control and user interface of those thermostats.
Both thermostats have GPS location-based geofencing features for ensuring best home climate when you are at home and saving energy while away.
For that function to work you will need the Lyric mobile application, which also allows to control temperature, check the indoor climate information and receive push notification alerts and reminders on heating and cooling system maintenance.
What is the difference between the two in terms of functionality is a bit smarter way how Lyric Round sets the right temperature.
It will take into account factors such as indoor humidity, temperature and local weather information to make sure the home climate is up to “feels like” conditions, not just a temperature digit set.
If you are looking for more smart features, then Lyric Round is a better choice. However, if you are okay with enough functionality that Lyric T5 provides, then you can save hefty sum right at the purchasing the cheaper the Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat.
Honeywell Lyric is a solid smart thermostat with some of the advanced intelligent features. If you already have any of the most popular smart home ecosystems, it will integrate smoothly right in. The geofencing feature will provide smart ways to get home climate when you are at home and save energy while you are away.
Integrated humidity sensor and capability to get local weather information enables the Lyric thermostat to make sure the temperature set is exactly how it feels.
Overall, this is a solid contender for the Nest and ecobee smart thermostat. However, before you choose the thermostat, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of them all as they provide unique ways of how they deliver smart management of your home climate.