Thermostats have really advanced from been just manually controlled temperature regulators to smart regulators that automatically change the temperature to suit your better as well as saving us money on power bills. Now, most thermostats are internet-enabled (mostly with WiFi) with the ability to set a schedule for your heater and air conditioning based on your preferences.
On more prominent brands, you also get amazing sensors like a humidity sensor or a presence sensor. And being these thermostats are internet-enabled, you can remotely control your home temperature either with the smartphone app or with voice Assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
With all that, they have in common, there are still some variation in price, added features, smarts, and design that may matter more to some buyers.
The Nest Learning Thermostat (or Nest Thermostat) is a smart thermostat developed by Nest Labs (Initially a start-up company, but now acquired by Google) and designed by Tony Fadell, Ben Filson, and Fred Bould. It is an electronic, programmable, and self-learning Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat that optimizes heating and cooling of homes and businesses to conserve energy as well as learn and adjust the temperature based on your preferences.
Nest already has a vast number of Nest products you can build your smart home ecosystem with, the Nest Hello doorbell, Nest Cam, Nest smoke detector, and so on, but. Nest also allows integration with other third-party smart home products to control Nest devices and vice versa.
For instance, you can link the Nest thermostat to work with your Smart doorlock like the Yale or August smart lock, so when you unlock your smart deadbolt, the lock tells your thermostat that you’re home and sets the temperature accordingly. Or link the Nest thermostat with the nest smoke detector, To turn off your Vent system +when ever there is smoke or fire to prevent it from spreading to other rooms.
Nest Thermostat also does an excellent job in helping to reduce your power bill by detecting when you are not home and turns itself down when you’re away. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. We’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year.
Ask your grandparents about Honeywell products, and there might probably run you through the company’s history. The brand has been into electronic manufacturing since the early 50s, with a wide variety of products. While some products have seen huge innovations over the year, the Honeywell thermostat has been lagging for some years. It has been finding it hard to keep up with the new cool kids like the Nest or the Ecobee brand.
But this OG got some tricks up its sleeves, With that in mind, Honeywell decided to release the Honeywell Lyric T5 thermostat. The Lyric T5 is an affordable thermostat that is aimed to bring some smart features to your home HVAC system as well as retaining some of the simple traditional control systems.
And while you may not get the advanced smart home integration or learning ability like Nest learning thermostat, you still get some smart home features. The Lyric T5 is compatible with all three major voice assistants, which are: Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, unlike the Nest, which supports only Alexa and Google Assistant. In essence, the Lyric T5 tries as much as possible to maintain the simple traditional thermostat control as well as adding some smart spin to them.
Today we will be giving a comparison between the Nest thermostat and Honeywell lyric t5 to help your decide which one is the best option for you you should. And why you should invest your money on either of the devices and preferably on the better one.
The Nest thermostat has the edge over the Honeywell Lyric T5 to me despite both of them being smart.
First off, in terms of designs, the two smart thermostats are a world apart, the Honeywell has a square form factor with a touch screen display for controlling and seeing reading. In contrast, the Nest learning thermostat takes a round form factor with a display at the middle and a rotating knob around the thermostat for manually changing the temperature.
For looks, I would say I like the Nest learning thermostat design more, with its sleek and stylish look, Double SS, a clear and bright display that adds that touch futuristic feel to the thermostat and a metallic finish that wraps everything up. You can get the Nest in different color option, which is: Copper, stainless steel, black and white, with these color option I am sure you will find one that fits your home interior design just fine.
Moving to the Honeywell, taking a look at the device, the first thing you will notice is the four-inch touch screen display and a square shape. The Lyric T5 has this elegant and classic look to it. But the Lyric T5 left more to be desired. To start with, the thermostat has a plastic build, which makes it look like a budget thermostat (which it actually is), which a metallic trim around the display.
Build quality is excellent, and the device feels robust, but we just wished we had gotten a metallic or steel body. The screen on its own while being great can feel a little clutter, with controls, reading, and buttons all trying to win your attention.
It’s also sad that the screen leans towards the monochrome color option, unlike the nest thermostat, which kind of makes the display look a bit dull. For color options, you can only get the Lyric T5 in Grey color. But apart from those, the Honeywell Lyric T5’s design should also fit into your home decor.
Another factor to consider when making your decision smart home integration and remote sensing. Both thermostats all come with some level of smartness and can be integrated into your smart home ecosystem.
The smartest of the two being the Nest learning thermostat, thanks to the features and sensors in the Nest thermostat, observes your regular temperature preferences for both day and night. Then learns and adjust it adequately suit you and save your money, so you are not always niggling with the control knob to find the perfect temperature.
Smart home integration is another aspect where the Nest learning thermostat shine. You can link with other smart home products to create Automation that saves you time and can even protect your house from fire hazards.
For instance, you can connect it with your Nest doorbell, and whenever your doorbell is rung, it will set the temperature to a specific degree. Or integrate it with the nest Smoke detector, and when even the smoke alarm gets triggered, the Nest thermostat will shut off your vent system, so that the smoke Does not spread to other rooms. The Nest hub also has an inbuilt humidity sensor that it uses to regulate the humidity, and whenever it’s getting too much, you will get notified.
The Honeywell Lyric T5, on the other hand, does not offer as much smart home integration as you get with the Nest learning thermostat. Unlike the Nest thermostat that learns your preferred temperature settings.
The Lyric T5 does not come with any learning features. You can only schedule your preferred morning and nighttime temperature, which isn’t too bad, but only require a more hands-on appreciate.
For smart home integration, integrating this thermostat with other smart home products like doorbells, sensors, etc. With a smart home hub like the Samsung SmartThings or Hubitat Elevation hub and so on.
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If you should decide to get a smart home hub or already have one, you can create Automations like a good morning routine “that turns on your lights, open your blinds and set the temperature to 35°”. Or a security routine that “turns off your vent whenever a smoke alarm goes off’.
Both the Nest thermostat and the Honeywell lyric t5 have geofencing ability, i.e., the ability to know when you are at home by tracking your mobile phone and then regulate temperature. But only the Nest can detect residence (with its occupancy sensor) and sets the temperature to your preferences.
For both thermostats, the setup process is quite straightforward But requires some basic DIY skill because you will be dealing with drills and wirings.
Start by drilling the required screw holes, connect the Thermostat wires to the terminals. Now download their respective app and link the thermostat to your account and then connect it to your home WiFi networks, and you are done with the setup process.
Both companies offer details step-by-step guides on the installation process in the document included in the box. But if that’s not enough for you, you can hop on to YouTube and watch howto guides.
For wiring, most smart thermostats, including the Honeywell Lyric T5, require your thermostat wiring to have a common wire or C-wire. If your home does not have the C-wire, you can contact a local electrician to help you with the installation. But The Nest Learning Thermostat doesn’t technically require a C-wire and will even work with older, two-wire HVAC systems.
In terms of power consumption, both the Honeywell Lyric T5 and Nest learning thermostat saves you money on your power bills. Still, in comparison, the Honeywell Lyric T5 consumes more power than the Nest thermostat. It’s also worth noting that the nest thermostat has an inbuilt rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which it operates on.
When it comes to controls these thermostats, you have a couple of options you can go with. Well, you can always change the temperature manually directly from the thermostat, but in this age, unlikely any of us will be using that.
You can also use their dedicated smartphone app or your home hub app to change your temperature, and since there are internet-enabled, you can change the temperature from anywhere in the world. And the final and for me, the best way is with digital voice assistants, The Honeywell thermostat is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
So no matter what ecosystem your smart home is built on, you can use any of those assistants to control the Lyric T5. At the same time, the Nest learning thermostat is only compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa.
A simple command like “Hey Google, change my room temperature to 35°” or “Alexa, change my bedroom temperature to 40°” will see the thermostat change the temperature accordingly.
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So which thermostat won? I guess I won’t be the only one who agrees that the Nest learning thermostat came above the Honeywell Lyric. At $246, the Nest sits at the premium range thermostat, but the features packed into these devices make it truly worth getting.
From the Smart home integration, temperature learning features, inbuilt sensors, clear and bright display, the Nest learning thermostat easily outshines the Lyric T5. Ths Nest learning thermostat is best suited for users who will like to smarten up their HVAC system, with its learning features, so you don’t ever worry about regulating your thermostat.
The Lyric T5, on the other hand, is a budget-friendly option for those who don’t need “extra” features like motion and humidity sensors, sophisticated “learning” modes, or individuals.
One cool aspect I liked about the Lyric T5 was that it does what it does well. Changing the temperature from either the app or with your voice was seamless, and although you can natively integrate it with your smart home, for that, you will need a smart home hub. The Lyric T5 is best suited for people who still like it’s manual traditional controls features it offers as well as for those looking to save some bucks on their next thermostat.
Although both thermostats were impressive smart thermostats, the winner of this comparison is ultimately the Nest learning thermostat. Both have there pros and cons. If you don’t mind the price and you want to a thermostat that will think for itself get the Nest learning thermostat. But if you are on a budget and don’t really need the smarts, Nest offers them go for the Honeywell Lyric T5