Great Geofencing Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat

Great Geofencing Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat

Why write this post?

My first foray into Home Automation began when I had to change out my HVAC, I had a decision to make… re-use the crappy thermostat I had for over 10 years or… upgrade.  I upgraded.  I’m here to share with you why I purchased the “Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat with Geofencing”, which also works with Amazon Alexa.  Since this purchase, some of the benefits that I have experienced are:

  • Ability to manage the device from your mobile phone whether it’s on WIFI or Cellular
  • Ability to use Alexa to manage the device by voice i.e. set the Temperature as well as turn on and off
  • Create really adaptive schedules which will reflect itself on our Energy Bill

The turning on and turning off feature was a life saver for me while on holiday… the temperature went to single digits while away, and in order to ensure the house was warm which in turn will keep the pipes warm, I was able to turn the thermostat on as well as the temperature up.

The Right Thermostat

The Purchasing Decision

This was easier than I thought, I knew I was not going with NEST… way too much money in my opinion for what can I can get from the Honeywell. After looking at a few other players, it was both a matter of the features offered by the Honeywell as well as the fact it integrated with Alexa that made me pull the trigger on this one.  I loved the idea of also not getting out of bed to change the temperature of the thermostat for those winter nights as well.

My thoughts

So, if I had a complaint its that there are some times when the Honeywell server which this device needs to communicate with will have issues, when that happens, it can make the device go out of sync and at least twice I had to reset to factory and rejoin my WIFI and re-register the device. While this is not overly complicated, and by the second time I did it I was a pro, it can be frustrating, and more often than not I will just walk to the device and do what I need to do by hand.

Other than that however, I really am impressed with this Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat with Geofencing the form factor is appealing, its powered directly from the HVAC so no more need for batteries [oh.. check out my post on rechargeable batteries right here], and I have the app on all my mobile / hand held devices for even when guest come over.  I would recommend this product.

I hope you enjoy this post, please leave me some comments if you found this of interest. Want a complete review on Home Automation see my post here.  Thank you for your time.

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