Honeywell’s new smart thermostat will heat your house when you’re heading home

For those people who love to have their homes at just the right temperature, but hate fiddling with thermostats, Honeywell has another option to add to its range of smart thermostats. The Lyric T6 is even smarter than usual, managing to pack in Apple HomeKit integration alongside geofencing technology to detect when you’re nearby.

Honeywell’s new smart thermostat will heat your house when you’re heading home

What does that mean in real terms? Well, Apple HomeKit is the company’s smart home framework, which allows various bits of smarthome equipment – from doorbells and smoke detectors to cameras and lighting – to talk to each other. You can also literally talk to them: Siri integration means that voice control can operate various parts of your home like all your science fiction fantasies come to life.

It also means that it can connect to other parts of your smarthome. That means, for example, that as you approach the house, the home could kick into life, powering up the heating, turning on the lights and getting the coffee machine started.hw_t6series_geofence_hr_rgb

If you don’t have an iPhone, a Honeywell Lyric app will allow you to control it remotely, meaning you can set the temperature anywhere you have an internet connection.

The second part is more interesting, especially if you’re not wired into the iOS ecosystem. The geofencing technology can detect when you leave home, and when you’re on your way back, meaning that the temperature can be just right, without wasting energy when you’re not using it.

Finally, the Lyric T6 can spot when you’re house becomes extremely hot or extremely cold, and adjust temperatures accordingly. Over time, it will learn heating cycles to automatically adjust without human intervention.

You’ll be able to buy the Lyric T6 in two varieties. The T6 standard edition has to be fixed to the wall, while the T6R is wireless, and will let you place it anywhere in the house. It’s released on 1 October online, and via heating and plumbing installers, with an RRP of £179 plus installation.

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