There’s yet another HomeKit-enabled thermostat for Apple fans to select from. Heating and air conditioning stalwart Honeywell has just unveiled its second-generation Lyric that is compatible with Apple’s smart home protocol.
First off, a quick reminder about exactly what HomeKit does. The Apple-designed protocol was designed to make it easier for users to interact with products in the growing smart home market. The biggest advantage, for now, is the ability to control and check the status of different devices by simply asking Siri.
With its round design, the new Lyric looks similar to the Nest device that helped define the category. It offers a number of energy saving features and even works with the SmartThings platform.
Users can also control their thermostat with the companion iOS app and receive notifications regarding the temperature and humidity inside their house.
If you need to change the temperature on the device itself, the screen will automatically light up when its senses motion. Just turn the dial up or down to control.
You can preorder the new Lyric now from Honeywell’s site for $249.99. Shipments will start in late January.
Happy with HomeKit
There are two other HomeKit compatible smart thermostats on the market – the Ecobee3 and the iDevices Thermostat.
With Google-owned Nest likely to never support Apple’s protocol, it’s nice to see a number of other companies stepping in to fill the void. Being able to control your thermostat via Siri does show a nice glimpse of a smart home future – at least according to Apple.
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