How You Can Control Your Home Automation System with Amazon Alexa
Explore the Newest Way You Can Manage Your Smart Home Technology
Chances are that you, or someone you know, owns some version of an Amazon Alexa-enabled device.
After all, research conducted by NPR and Edison Research in late 2017 revealed 11 percent of American adults – or about 26.8 million people – owned one.
You might use an Echo as a wireless speaker or as a tool to deliver you the latest news or weather. But you can use it to control your home’s smart technology, too.
In this blog, we detail how you can use Amazon Alexa to control the home automation system in your Portland, Maine-area house.
Interested in finding out more? Keep reading below.
How Alexa Integrates with Technology
For any Alexa-enabled device to integrate with smart home technology, you first will need your Echo to understand commands for those systems.
From the Alexa application on your smartphone, you can search through the “Skills” bar and select brands for your Echo to recognize.
For example, perhaps you have a Fire Stick connected to your TV. Maybe you have a Sonos multi-room audio system. Or previously you worked with SmartHome Solutions to add a Savant home automation system to your house.
Once you find the correct brand in the Alexa app, you then would select the “enable” button, log into your account, and allow Alexa to discover your connected devices.
When that process is complete, you will then be able to use your Echo to control those devices – even your entire home automation system.
Alexa and the Smart Home: What You Can Achieve
After you have integrated your smart home system with Alexa, you will have another way to manage your home’s devices – through your voice!
Just say a command such as, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights to 70 percent brightness,” and watch as instantly those lights turn on. You also can use Alexa to activate security systems, turn on audio and video components, adjust your thermostat, and more.
As long as Alexa recognizes the device, you can control it through just your voice.
Since Alexa also integrates with entire automation systems, you also will be able to access the custom scenes you might have previously created.
You can access those same scenes with Alexa that you can access through an in-wall keypad or a simple on-screen selection on your smartphone – such as a “Good Morning” command that raises your bedroom blinds, turns on the lights in your master bedroom and bathroom and begins playing your favorite music playlist.
If you’re interested in adding voice control technology to your Portland-area home and want the assistance of a professional, SmartHome Solutions can help.
We can ensure every home automation device is connected to your Alexa-enabled device so that you can manage every aspect of your house through speaking commands.
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