Honeywell has been a leading innovator in the world of Thermostats for over 100 years. In fact, the company got its start through a clever thermostat for coal furnaces. Chances are you, or somebody you know has at least some form of Honeywell Thermostat in their house (we have 4 - 1 for our forced air furnace and 3 for the baseboard heaters in the upstairs bedrooms.) Now, Honeywell brings their smart home game to Best Buy with Two choices - The Lyric and the 7-Day Smart Programmable Thermostats.
Both Thermostats are part of the growing Smart Home trend - They can be controlled off your smartphones or tablets using the applicable Apps (both are compatible with the iOS and Android networks.)
Importantly for many homeowners - It solves a problem many furnace owners (including myself) have - No need for a third wire. While it is possible for you to use your C wire to self-power the Lyric, it isn’t necessarily. It can be installed with a single AAA battery which means that 2 wire furnace owners that only run heat wiring can install this and use it. There are very very few smart thermostats out there for 2 wire system owners, so this automatically makes it an intriguing option.
The Lyric also features a few great options. The app has the ability for you to pre-designate temperature settings on it that you can activate with the touch of a button. Away for the winter and want to maintain just enough so that you can keep the pipes from freezing? You can set that. Want your AC to run while you’re working out downstairs? Absolutely. Perhaps one of the neatest features with the most potential is the Geofencing option. In it, you can do things like have your phone communicate with your thermostat when you’re a certain distance away from home, and have it automatically kick start your furnace so you arrive to a warm home.