Some of the more interesting types of smart home devices are thermostats, which can help save energy by optimizing scheduling, automatically sensing when the home is occupied or vacant, and more. One of the early entrants into the field on the HomeKit side is Honeywell, which has introduced several different smart thermostats, starting with the second-generation Lyric Round, which debuted early last year.
I’ve been using a Lyric Round for quite a while now, and I’ve come to appreciate its integration with HomeKit and its ease of use, while Honeywell has continued to improve its function and stability over time.
As with any hardwired electrical accessory, installation takes a little bit of work and patience, although thermostats are generally pretty straightforward. Depending on your type of heating and cooling system, you’ll find a variety of wires that need to be attached to the back of thermostat.