Guide to Home Automation Device And HVAC Compatibility Part III
Thermostat By Idevices
- Capability with many smart speakers: Amazon Echo or other speakers using Alexa, as well as Google Home, or Apple Homekit
- No learning capabilities
- Main Features: You can control the thermostat when you are away from home using your phone and the app
- Group settings for many different devices with a single command. Say something like “bedtime” to turn off lights and change the thermostat.
Insteon Smart Thermostat model 2441TH
- Smart Speaker Compatibility: includes working with Amazon Echo, and Alexa devices (it requires Insteon Hub)
- No learning capabilities – but can be programmed for 7 full days.
- Main Features: Has an app to let you control it using your phone while away from the house
Lennox’s Icomfort E30
- Smart Speaker Compatibility: includes working with Amazon Echo, Alexa devices, and the Apple Homekit
- Learning Capability allows it to be programmed once and then adapts to any changes in your routine
- Main Features: Will start fan when pollen levels are detected and are high
- Has a remote control app so you adjust thermostat on-the-go
- Uses a geofencing tracking sensor to let the thermostat know when you are close to home. Adjusts temperature to your desired setting.
- Sets alert for the temperature, humidity, or for service issues.
- Tells you when to change filters
Nest’s Learning Thermostat
- Smart Speaker Capabilities allows it to work with Amazon Echo, Alexa devices, Google Home, and IFTTT
- Has learning capabilities
- Main Features: Gives you energy reports
- Works with an app on your phone as a remote control
- Provides alerts for the temperature, humidity, and service issues.
- Tells you when it’s time to change filters.
Radio Thermostat 7 Day Programmable Thermostat CT 50 or CT80
- Smart Speaker works with Google Home
- No Learning Capabilities but can be set for a full 7-day schedule
- Other Features: Use the app with it as a remote control
- Uses geofencing location tracking so that your device knows when you are going home and sets your thermostat for you.
Venstar Colortouch T7900 Thermostat
- Smart Speaker Compatibility works with Amazon Echo and Alexa devices
- Learning Capabilities: None but can be set for a 365-day schedule
- MORE FEATURES: The app works as a remote control
- If your HVAC has a humidifier, use it to control humidity
Venstar’s Residential Explorer
- Smart Speaker Compatibilities will work when you buy the Wi-Fi module on Amazon Echo and Alexa devices
- No learning capabilities but can be programmed for 7 days
- Other Capabilities: App works as a remote control
Setup A Smart Speaker
Smart thermostats usually communicate with smart speakers using a set of skills. Every brand of a smart speaker has its own set of skills which you can read about online. To connect the devices, simply download a skill or enable it. The choice depends on the brand you choose. When you set up the thermostat you learn the phrase that will allow you to control the thermostat with the speaker.
In a short time, you will be controlling the comfort of your home by speaking a simple phrase or command!