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Honeywell’s Smart Thermostat

By Dwight Spivey

Honeywell, the manufacturer of the iconic round thermostat (actually called “The Round”) so many grew up with, has entered the home automation market. Honeywell makes more than thermostats, to be sure, but the company will forever be synonymous with those little round gadgets.

Honeywell has certainly not been sitting idly by in this new age of smart doodads. They very much have their game on regarding this new phase of keeping up with room temps, as is evidenced by their newest little round thermostat, the Lyric.

While Honeywell has produced Wi-Fi–capable and digital/smart thermostats for a while now, Lyric, shown, is its first real dive into the new world of thermostats controlled by smart devices. Honeywell gets that many folks today are just as comfortable controlling their home technologies remotely from their smartphones as they are standing in front of the control itself: Thus, Lyric was born.

[Credit: Image courtesy of Honeywell.]
Credit: Image courtesy of Honeywell.

Lyric is designed to replace your current thermostat. In fact, Honeywell claims that 97 percent of existing thermostats can be replaced with the Lyric with little effort (in other words, complete rewiring not required). Another plus is that no power wire is needed for Lyric, so that’s one less thing.

To be sure about Lyric’s compatibility with your current wiring, your network, and your smart device, check out the great information provided by Honeywell. It does a great job of making you aware of whether the Lyric will truly be a good fit for you and your home.

Lyric installation

When you first get your Lyric and open the box, you might be surprised at how little information is actually contained therein. That’s because installation instructions don’t come in the box, but are instead part of the Lyric app (for iOS and Android devices), which is necessary to use your Lyric anyway. It’s a good idea to go ahead and download the Lyric app from the iOS or Android App Stores before you get too far along with installation.

Honeywell claims you need a remarkably short list of tools to install your Lyric:

  • Philips screwdriver

  • Ballpoint pen

  • Pencil

  • Lyric app

  • Your Wi-Fi password

Once you’ve downloaded the Lyric app, create an account with Honeywell by following the on-screen instructions. Tap Install on the app and just follow along step by step until the job’s complete. There are also instructions on the website, including some helpful videos. Of course, Honeywell has folks standing at the ready to help you with your installation questions, too: Just visit the aforementioned website and scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the ways you can contact the support team.

[Credit: Image courtesy of Honeywell.]
Credit: Image courtesy of Honeywell.

Setting up and using your Lyric

After you install the Lyric, you need to connect it to your smartphone or tablet and configure it for day-to-day use.

To connect and configure your Lyric:

  1. Connect your smart device to the Lyric network.

    Find the Lyric’s network using your iOS or Android device’s network connection settings.

  2. Lyric will walk you through several questions regarding your heating and cooling system, your desired temperatures for when you are home or away, and more.

  3. Connect the Lyric to your home’s Wi-Fi network using the options within the app.

    Be sure to have your network password on hand. Patience is recommended during this process; it may take a few minutes for the Lyric to connect to your network and sync with Honeywell’s servers.

  4. Register your thermostat with Honeywell, which ties the device to the account you created when you first installed and opened the Lyric app.

Your Lyric is now ready to roll! Now all you have to do is sit back and relax as your Lyric controls the temperature in your home, whether you’re there or not.

A great feature of Lyric is its Geofencing feature, which allows the Lyric to adjust the temperature in your home based on your proximity to it. If you’re away from home, Lyric will know it because it’s tracking your smart device’s location. At that time, Lyric will heat or cool your home depending on the temperature presets you make on it. When the Lyric detects that you’re within a certain distance from your home (again, this distance is something you preset), it will then begin cooling or heating your home to your specifications.