A smart thermostat offers a number of benefits. Not only can it simplify your life, it can also make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bill. Plus, smart thermostats are typically affordable, easy to install, and simple to operate.
Two smart thermostats getting rave reviews are Lyric and Nest. We took a close look at both and compared their features in five important areas. If you are in the market for a smart thermostat, read this before you make a purchase.
Lyric and Nest both offer a number of impressive features. Lyric uses “geofencing” technology and the Lyric app to detect your phone’s location to determine if you’re home or not. Once you’ve installed the Lyric app, it can track your location up to seven miles away. When it recognizes you’re within range of your home, it will automatically adjust the temperature to your preferences. It is important to keep in mind, Lyric only detects phones that have the app installed, but anyone can adjust Lyric manually.
Lyric’s “Fine Tune” feature detects the humidity level in your home and adjusts the temperature accordingly. Using Lyric’s “shortcuts” feature, homeowners can create custom settings for recurring events.
Nest offers an auto-scheduling feature which allows the user to schedule temperature settings for any time of the day. For example, Nest can be scheduled to lower the temperature by five degrees at 10:00 p.m. so you can sleep at just the right temperature. It also has an auto-away feature, which detects when a room or the entire house is unoccupied. The Nest Leaf, a small green leaf icon, appears on Nest when you set it to a temperature that saves energy. Nest’s Energy History feature provides insights into how you are using Nest, including how your adjustments and the outdoor temperature impacted energy use.
One of Nest’s best selling features is that it “learns” your temperature preferences over time. Simply set your temperature preferences for a few days and within a week Nest will operate on these on its own.
Both Lyric and Nest will work with any Apple Watch, delivering notifications straight to your wrist.
3. Extreme Temperature Alerts
If the temperature in your home gets too hot or cold, Lyric will send you a text message letting you know. Nest does not offer extreme temperature alerts.
Both Nest and Lyric can be controlled by smartphones or other web enabled devices. The Lyric app is compatible with Apple smartphones and tablets using iOS 6.0 and above, as well as Android smartphones and tablets 2.3 and above. The Nest app offers compatibility with iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iOS 6.0 or later and Android smartphones or tablets 2.3 or later.
5. Installation Options
Lyric and Nest are both DIY products that are designed to be easy to install. In fact, according to Nest, three out of four customers install the product in 30 minutes or less.
If you do not want to install Nest yourself, you can arrange for a Nest Pro to install it. The Nest professional will also remove and recycle your current thermostat, connect Nest to your Wi-Fi, and give you a basic introduction to Nest. Similar to Nest, Lyric offers a network of professional contractors who are trained to install the device.
Which is better, Lyric or Nest?
Lyric offers extreme temperature alerts, but Nest costs a bit less and offers usage history. The bottom line is, Lyric and Nest are both well respected DIY home control products that offer a number of big benefits. If you want the convenience and money savings a smart thermostat can offer, either product is a safe bet.
Written by Alexia Chianis
Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more