A thermostat that adapts to you? Check this out!
I am sure that we can all remember the old style thermostat. These thermostats are iconic. It seemed like everyone had either the circular or the rectangular model. These are the thermostats that used good ole fashioned mercury (you know, the stuff that isn’t very “green” today). Would you believe that these thermostats are still being sold by designers? They are using them to give the “vintage feel” to homes.
After these models, came the digital models, and after that the digital programmable models. The programmable models were so hard to program, that most people just kept them in “permanent hold” mode. Basically, using them as a non-programmable thermostat.
Now, we have something that is quite technologically advanced, yet SUPER easy to set up and use. Honeywell has come out with a thermostat that not only controls the temperature, but will do so much more. It even can sense whether someone is in the home through its geo-fencing technology (it will sense how close you are to your home based on your cell phones gps system). Of course, with something this fancy, you have to give it a name. That name is the LYRIC.
The Lyric is a round design in a glossy white with chrome trim. The design is one of simplicity. The chome ring around the Lyric turns to set the temperature. Everything else is controlled by touch. If you tap the upper display, it switches between heating and cooling modes. Another interesting feature is the weather forecast button. This will give you the current forecast plus the forecast for the next 6 and 12 hours. The home button allows the Lyric to switch between occupied and away modes, unless you have activated geofencing.
What is geofencing? Basically, this is a allows the thermostat to know when you cross a certain distance threshold. You can set it for either 7 miles or 500 feet. If you work close to your home (like I do) then you would select the 500 feet. For those that travel a good distance from home, a selection on 7 miles is more appropriate. When you cross the threshold that has been set, the thermostat will begin to cool or heat your home while you are on the way home. When you leave your home, the thermostat will go into away mode, and start saving you money. It is all about comfort and savings!
Since the LYRIC’s app is on your cell phone, adjustments to the temperature can be made remotely. This is a feature that Honeywell does have on its other wifi thermostats.
For example, Staci and I were on vacation for a couple of days in Myrtle Beach. We set the temperature at 82°F when we left. On our way home, I pulled up the app on my phone, and set the temperature to a cool 74°F. When we got home, the house was nice and cool. While away, we were able to save money by not having the a/c running as much.
This thermostat not only gives basic temperature settings, but has some comfort programs running in the background. These programs take into account the outdoor temperature, the indoor temperature, as well as humidity and weather conditions. Then, based on the results, the thermostat will regulate the a/c or heat accordingly. For example, here in SC the humidity is usually very high. Combine the humidity and the heat of the day, the thermostat might run a little longer to help pull humidity out of the home, thereby making you feel more comfortable.
There are more features to this thermostat, so give us a call if you would like to know more, or if you have any questions.
Are you ready to upgrade your thermostat or purchase a LYRIC? Give me a call at 843-821-0937, so that we can discuss which thermostat will best suit you and your family.