Updating Our Home with the Honeywell Lyric



Homeownership has a steeper learning curve for those who’ve spent the past decade paying rent. I practically went spelunking to find our water meter, had no idea how to turn the boiler on, and almost burned the house down when we realized a light switch turned on the space heater in our basement. Thank goodness for Google.

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Both the benefit and curse of modern day technology is we are always connected. Thankfully, managing the security and efficiency of our home with newer technology has helped make the homeownership transition a little easier for us. The first technology update we made was upgrading to the Honeywell Lyric. When Honeywell initially asked me to try out their new smart thermostat, we hadn’t moved in yet, and I told them I wasn’t exactly sure this slick new device would work with the ancient heating and cooling system in our house. Turns out I was wrong! When we moved in, I discovered we had the original Honeywell Round thermostat (the one that made them famous) and had Honeywell out to our house to see if the Lyric was compatible. And here we are, having our cake and eating it too, with cutting edge technology in our very, very old home.


It was fitting that the Lyric replaced my original piece of technology history, especially because the design harkens back to the beautiful simplicity of the original round thermostat. Sure, it is beautiful, but it’s the technology that truly make this device a worthy investment.

Why I like my Lyric:

1. Geofencing: By connecting the thermostat to your wifi and smartphone, the Lyric automatically adjusts based on my smartphone location. It’s an easy way to save money for busy families…or first-time homeowners who aren’t use to managing heating and cooling bills.

2. True temperature control: 72 degrees with humidity feels a lot different than 72 degrees with low humidity. The Lyric can tell the difference between the two with Fine Tune technology and weather forecasting.

3. The Lyric App: It is easy and enjoyable to use, which means I’ve actually made it part of my daily routine. Apple has announced that Honeywell with be a partner with the new HomeKit and I can’t wait to hear more!

The only hiccup I had was having a little trouble connecting our Lyric to wifi, but the Honeywell support team worked diligently to help me quickly to resolve the issue!

Disclaimer: This is a post sponsored by Honeywell. I received a Lyric thermostat and compensation in exchange for coverage. All opinions and thoughts about this product are my own. Thank you for supporting sponsored posts! These posts make it possible for us to continue to produce quality content on our website. 

BY Kate Arends - September 26, 2014

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September 26, 2014 1:39 pm

i want one!

September 29, 2014 10:19 am

Kate, first thank you for the way you presented this post. It’s a breath of fresh air. Also, I look forward to seeing your posts on your home!

September 29, 2014 4:19 pm

Ditto what Erica said. I so, so appreciate your transparency regarding the sponsored post. I feel like a lot of bloggers try to bury the lede when a post is sponsored, but I really appreciate that you’re so forthright with your readers—it makes me enjoy the sponsored content a lot more!

September 29, 2014 6:08 pm

That looks cool. Embarking on buying my first NYC apartment, so will definitely keep this in mind. Would love to know where that lovely marble-look notebook is from too!

October 10, 2014 9:47 pm

I think the lyric looks chic and it sounds so useful even for an older home. Simply great post. Love the transparency and the product. Merci.

January 12, 2015 6:58 pm

I know this is a bit of an older post, but I would love to know how you all like the Lyric today? I’ve been looking into this system and its got a lot of mixed reviews, something I don’t always necessarily go by considering many of the reviewers have mentioned they aren’t exactly tech-saavy. Have you had any more glitches with it?

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