Honeywell has joined the wave of manufacturers opening up their connected devices to Amazon’s voice activated Alexa.
By simply saying “Alexa,” customers with Honeywell Lyric Round™ (first and second generation) or Total Connect Comfort (Wi-Fi and RedLink) thermostats can adjust their home’s temperature with a short verbal command. Even homes that have multiple zones using applicable Honeywell thermostats can be adjusted, simply by confirming for Alexa which thermostat should be controlled. This is all made possible thanks to a new Alexa Skill.
The Skill is the latest collaboration between Honeywell and Amazon. Customers can also still change the temperature, set up schedules, and make other changes directly with the thermostat by using their thermostat’s corresponding Honeywell app.
“Even as our homes – and the tech inside them – change, customers simply want to feel comfortable, safe, and in control, and find ways to save time and money,” said Jeremy Eaton, General Manager, of Honeywell Connected Home. “We’ve always designed our thermostats with that in mind, and bringing Amazon’s Alexa into our family is a perfect next step to help make people’s lives easier and homes smarter.”
“Every day customers are using Alexa to interact with their homes. We’re excited to work with Honeywell to enable customers to control their thermostats just by asking,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Alexa Smart Home. “We’re thrilled to continue to offer customers seamless ways to control their homes with Alexa.”
In addition to Alexa, Honeywell’s connected thermostats can be connected to other home products and ecosystems, such as Samsung SmartThings and If This Then That (IFTTT), to provide customers with the flexibility to pick solutions that best fit their needs. A move that we’ve noted many top tier manufacturers are taking to ensure they are compatible with the various platforms that consumers are gravitating towards.