Review: Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat Just Doesn’t Stand Up to the Test

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If you’re still running a retro thermostat with only basic controls, you’re missing out on an opportunity to save money each year by controlling the efficiency of your furnace; turning it down when you’re away, or asleep, or at work, and only keeping at at temperature when you’re home actually using it.

I’ve tried a number of programmable thermostats in my home, from the most basic computerized one, to the high-end fully automated Nest. Read my review of the Nest here.
So I was pleased (and had a wee sense of Deja Vu at how similar the Lyric looks to the Nest) when Honeywell’s Lyric thermostat arrived at my home for testing.

The Lyric bills itself as a “reinvented” thermostat, outlining the energy savings you can expect with its “perfectly in tune” device.  It also specifies “no complex menus”, and “one-touch buttons save you time”.  Sounded great to me, however, I’d soon come to feel this was not accurate.IMG_0117

Installation was super easy, despite the fact there are no instructions.  Step one (of only one step) on the tiny paper-doll-folded card was to download the Lyric app, which walked me through which wires to connect, and it was on in minutes.  From there, it walked me through how to connect the thermostat to my home’s existing wifi network, and get it running.  It was connected in a few minutes, but that’s where things started to go off the rails.

To find out how, click here to read the rest of the review on Future Shop’s Tech Blog!

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