It’s been over four years since Amazon released its voice-activated assistant Alexa and it’s fair to say the world has changed quite a bit since. Once something of a novelty, voice control technology has come on leaps and bounds, integrating into our daily routines and massively contributing to the smart home phenomenon. Whether you’re new to voice recognition software or not, smart, Alexa-enabled systems are becoming more and more prevalent and nowadays, even your heating can be controlled hands-free. But what exactly is the benefit? Alexa: what are the options for smart, voice-controlled heating in the home?
What are smart electric radiators?
Smart electric radiators, like any “smart” appliance, offer advanced control, specifically relating to WiFi, or voice-activated technology. Where older radiators need to be adjusted manually, smart radiators can be controlled using your phone, tablet, PC, or - in the case of more sophisticated models - simply the sound of your voice. It’s the 21st century way of interacting with your heating, free from the inconvenience of having to move from room-to-room and make changes manually. Voice-controlled electric radiators are the pinnacle of smart heating technology, allowing you to call out temperature changes, turn your heating system on and off, and raise the temperature by uttering a few simple commands.
Can Alexa control my heating?
The WiFi enabled smart electric radiators in our range all support Alexa, which means you can use Amazon’s assistant to adjust your heating with ease. Alexa works in conjunction with a smart app and usually some form of WiFi hub. In short, the WiFi hub connects your radiators to the internet, which allows Alexa to remotely adjust them once you’ve called out your instructions. Think of it as a super-quick, three tier process. You tell Alexa to adjust your heating, Amazon’s assistant uses the WiFi hub to communicate with your radiators, which then respond accordingly. It’s the same process you’d follow for WiFi control but instead of opening a smart app and tapping the changes in yourself, you’re asking Alexa to do it on your behalf.
How do I connect Alexa to my heating?
Most of the voice controlled electric radiators in our range come with detailed instructions on how to setup Amazon Alexa voice control. It’s a quick process that shouldn’t take long, you simply download a compatible heating app, turn on the setting that grants Alexa control over your radiators, and you’re pretty much good to go! The Haverland SmartWave, our most advanced smart electric radiator, comes with its own dedicated instructions for Alexa setup as well as a list of key phrases – ensuring you’re good to go from the moment you receive your radiators.
What voice controlled electric radiator is best for me?
A self-programming electric radiator, the SmartWave uses its integrated motion sensor to detect your comings and goings around the home – creating a unique heating schedule based on when it knows you’ll be present in specific rooms. On top of this, this intuitive electric radiator can be controlled using compatible smart devices when purchased with the SmartBox, a WiFi Hub that connects your SmartWave to the internet.
Using this internet connection and the Haverland heating app, the SmartWave can be linked with Alexa for completely hands-free heating. Initiate your voice commands with “Alexa, ask Haverland to…” and choose whether to turn individual radiators on/off, select specific heating modes, or specify an exact temperature you’d like your heating to aim for, all while keeping your hands free to shepherd children into the car, prepare dinner, or simply remain sat down.
Available in both sleek white and stunning anthracite, the SmartWave is the ideal choice for a range of décor, complementing interiors while bringing your home up to date and into the smart age. If you’re looking to replace an existing system, already have Alexa installed, or simply want more control from your heating, we have everything you need at Electric Radiators Direct. Browse our range of smart electric radiators today or call our sales team for a free, no-obligation quote.
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