By now, you’ve probably considered adding a smart thermostat to your house, but the prices may be holding you back. Amazon has the Honeywell Lyric (RCHT8610WF2006) on sale for just $109, a savings of $21. When comparing this to prices you’ll find on a Nest or ecobee option, Honeywell’s is around $80 cheaper, yet offers a number of similar features:
- 7-day flexible scheduling or location based temperature control (geofencing)
- Adaptive recovery learns how long it takes to achieve the right temperature at the right time
- Smart alerts – push notifications for filter changes and extreme temperature warnings keeps you informed
- Easy to install using Honeywell’s exclusive uwp wallplate
Sure, it may not look as stylish to everyone, but in terms of functionality, it offers a lot. The Lyric works with Apple’s Homekit, so you’ll be able to use Siri voice commands to control it. If you want one that works with Alexa, be sure to check out Honeywell’s RTH9580WF with color display for $129.
Smart thermostats may seem like an unnecessary investment, but studies show that they end up saving people around 30% on heating and cooling costs, which means it will pay for itself over time. Many electric companies also offer rebates for them, so be sure to check with your local company to see if you can get any extra money back from them.