Maximize the Comfort of Your Smart Home

Maximize the Comfort of Your Smart Home

In 1943, Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, published a theory about human needs in a scientific journal known as Psychological review.  This theory is known as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It defines a hierarchy of human needs that include “physiological”, “safety”, “belongingness” and “love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. This hierarchy­­ remains a very popular framework, and is often used in sociology and other fields today.


These human needs are often represented as a pyramid, with the largest, most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization at the top. Perhaps not surprisingly at the base of the pyramid are our physiological needs.  Physiological needs are the physical requirements for human survival.  Put simply if these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail.  Physiological needs are thought to be the most important and they should be met first. As expected, food and water are in this layer, as is shelter.  Shelter protects us from the elements. It helps us maintain proper body temperature such as keeping us warm, and protecting us from the cold.

Our shelters are simply more than just a roof over our heads.  They are where we live, where we raise our family, where we entertain, and where we establish our roots. Our shelters have become our homes.

Having a comfortable home is one of the cornerstones to a happy life. In the modern world, we are very fortunate. No longer do we have to go out and gather wood to build a fire to keep our homes warm.  We simply regulate temperature via the thermostat on the wall.

Like many of our modern conveniences, the thermostat has evolved considerably. In the modern thermostat, gone are the days of bi-metallic springs and mercury filled bulbs.  They have been replaced with solid state, programmable, sophisticated devices.

Thermostats are not immune to the technology tsunami, known as the Internet of Things, that is washing over our increasingly connected world. Thermostats are rapidly being connected to the Internet.

Connectivity brings entirely new capabilities to things. It lets things tie into services that they could not tie into before. For example, a connected thermostat can tie into the weather service, to make smarter decisions about how to adjust the temperature inside a home. A connected thermostat could know about a cold front moving in and adjust itself accordingly.

A connected thermostat knows when you are on your way home, and begins to gradually warm up your house in a more energy efficient way. This would eliminate the need for you to crank up your thermostat when you arrive home.

A connected thermostat could make smart decisions about how to heat or cool a home based on the peak energy demand times and save you money.

A connected thermostat could talk to other thermostats and other sensors inside your home, to more intelligently maintain a comfortable environment in a more energy efficient way. For example, why heat or cool a room when there is no one in it?

This lowly device on our wall that diligently does its job, has become a sophisticated, connected member of the Internet of Things.

One of our partners who has embraced this evolution is Honeywell. Honeywell offers a range of Wi-Fi  Smart Thermostats that include their Total Connect Comfort Thermostats and their Lyric Family of Thermostats. These are products that make your home smarter, that can be controlled from anywhere, and lets you manage your comfort and savings automatically, so there’s no learning curve or rigid scheduling.

Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort thermostats are ideally suited for the connected home. They are packed with smart features and some models even include a customizable touch screen. All are simple to set-up.

The Lyric Thermostats are thermostats that adapt to your life, not the other way around. Designed for crazy schedules and spur-of-the-moment activities, you can control the Lyric Thermostat from anywhere on your smartphone, or let it automatically adapt to your life as you go. Lyric can save energy when you’re away, and get the house warm when you’re heading home. No more wasted energy when you’re out for the night, and no more getting in from work to a cold house. It will even let you know when the filter needs changing.

These thermostats are packed with features, but it doesn’t stop there. Honeywell is introducing new Lyric T Series thermostats – the T5 and T6. The Lyric™ T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat is a retail-only model with a more DIY-focused feature set, and the Lyric™ T6 Pro Wi-Fi Thermostat is a professionally-installed-only version with additional features, including vent control and external sensors. These new thermostats have ground-breaking features and raise the bar as to what a thermostat should be.

My friends at Honeywell gave me five (5) brand new Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat’s to give-away. Now you can enjoy the comforts of a smart home with one of my favorite new connected devices.

Now you can connect the Honeywell Lyric T5 to hundreds of the most powerful digital and physical Things on the planet. Add it to Stringify and the comforts of a connected life are at your fingertips. Just enter below, it’s that easy.

Partnered with Stringify, you get more out of connected Honeywell thermostats. With Stringify you can build powerful Flows (things connected together) that connect your Honeywell thermostats to even more devices and services.

For example, here’s a Flow that when you wake up each morning, turns on your lights, sets your temperature, and get today’s weather report, all through the sound of your voice. Get the Flow

Or how about automatically turning down your Honeywell T Series thermostat when you are more than 2 miles away, to save energy? Get the Flow

Or perhaps you’re in the mood for some hot yoga. Use your Honeywell T Series thermostat and LIFX lighting to create a workout environment. Get the Flow


These are just a few small examples of what you can do with Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostats combined with the power of Stringify. The possibilities are limitless.

Our shelters have clearly become a lot more than a simple roof over our heads, and Honeywell and Stringify help you to turn that connected house into a connected home.

Dave Evans

Co-founder and CTO, Stringify


Honeywell Lyric T5 Giveaway from Dave Evans at Stringify