Climate: The Thermostats That Do More Than Set Temperature
Nest Learning Thermostat and Honeywell Lyric
If there is one connected home device that is a must-own right now, it’s a thermostat. Nest Learning Thermostat ($250, buy it now at bedbathandbeyond.com) revolutionized the once-ignored appliance with a bright screen, intuitive interface, and built-in motion sensors that make HVAC control better — and sexier. The Nest lets you adjust the temperature with your phone, and, after about four days, it can create a profile of your habits and set itself automatically. The comparably cool Honeywell Lyric ($200, buy it now at amazon.com) has one great feature the Nest doesn’t: It uses your smartphone’s location to know when you’re on your way home. That means on its own the Lyric sets the temperature exactly how you like it before you pull into the driveway.
How Much Money Can You Save?
By automatically creating its own schedule based on when and how high (or low) you set it, the Nest Learning Thermostat can save the average homeowner up to $145 annually. In addition to cutting back on heating and cooling while you’re at work, the Nest detects whether your home has been empty for longer than usual (if you’re on vacation, for example), and shifts to even thriftier temperature settings.
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