home automation

Controlling Your Heating and Air Conditioning HANDS ON with Amazon Alexa

You guessed right, it is home automation week here at VoiceDesigned!  

A great project you might be interested in seeing to completion is that of upgrading your thermostat so that you can control your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) from anywhere!  This article looks at the Sensi Smart thermostat and covers installation, setup and Alexa integration.  There is no support for Google Home yet.   There are a number of different thermostats available from Amazon which support WiFi, and you are always wise to find the one which is right for your situation. Read More >>> about Controlling Your Heating and Air Conditioning HANDS ON with Amazon Alexa

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Home Automation 101 - HANDS ON - Controlling a Smart Plug

The easiest and probably least expensive home automation project you can start with is controlling an electrical socket with a Smart Plug.  This lets you control a standard (non-smart) electrical device like a lamp remotely from your iOS or Android mobile phone and lets you setup scheduling as well.  On top of that, it will integrate with Amazon Alexa and give you the convenience of voice control. Read More >>> about Home Automation 101 - HANDS ON - Controlling a Smart Plug

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The Butterfly Effect, Home Automation and Voice Commands

Home automation, the ability to control the lighting, heating, air conditioning, security and appliances in your house, is all the rage this year.  The devices and infrastructure have moved to a point where most anybody can add them to their house. As they do, I predict we will see a tidal wave of change in the way home automation becomes standard for all homes.  Read More >>> about The Butterfly Effect, Home Automation and Voice Commands

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How to control your home with Echo and Alexa

The surprise hit use of Amazon Echo's voice assistant "Alexa",  has become the ability to control the electronics in your house. It's what techies like to call Home Automation. The idea is that you control the electronics in your house from your Echo by giving voice commands. For example, you can walk into a room and say:

  • "Alexa, turn on the living room light"
  • "Alexa, turn on the TV"
  • "Alexa, turn on all lights upstairs"
  • "Alexa, turn everything off"
  • "Alexa, set the bedroom light to purple"

What makes this so wonderful is that it can be done hands-free. When you get home and the house is dark, and your hands are loaded with bags, a simple verbal command can turn light your way through the entire house.  Read More >>> about How to control your home with Echo and Alexa

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