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Amazon Alexa or simply Alexa is an AI-based home assistant which can connect/integrate with other Alexa enabled device and provide voice control over all connected device. Alexa enabled thermostats are getting a lot of attraction nowadays because it becomes so convenient to control temperature and related operations with voice. In this article, I list some of the commonly used Alexa thermostat commands, you can use these existing commands and can make your own through the AWS Lambda console.

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Alexa Command to check the current temperature at a thermostat

“Alexa, what’s the <thermostat name> temperature?”

Example– “Alexa, what’s the thermostat temperature?”

Like here if you set the name of your thermostat as “Nest” then you must use this command “Alexa, What’s the Nest temperature?” while using this command use the thermostat name that you set during the initial setup. You also can use the below listed quick commands if you are not using any sensor, it will return you the current temperature:

“Alexa, what is the temperature inside?”

“Alexa, what is the temperature in <thermostat name>?” 

Alexa Command to check the current temperature at a Sensor

“Alexa, what’s the <sensor name> temperature?”

Example– “Alexa, what’s the kids room temperature?”

The modern smart thermostats come with a room temperature that you can place in different zones like if you place a sensor in your kid’s room and name that sensor as “kid’s room” during your initial setup then you 

Alexa Command to check the current temperature a thermostat is set to

“Alexa, what is the <thermostat name> set to?”

Example– “Alexa what is the thermostat set to?”

If you use a simple command like “Alexa what is the temperature?” without using the thermostat name then it will tell you the temperature from the weather. You need to use the thermostat name to get the temperature which it is set like if you set the thermostat name as “Ecobee” then you must use this command as “Alexa what is the Ecobee set to?”

Alexa Command to set the specific temperature on a thermostat 

“Alexa, set <thermostat name> to <desired temperature>

Example– “Alexa, set thermostat to 20° C”

If you set your thermostat to follow the temperature in Fahrenheit then you must follow that while communicating with your thermostat through Alexa. In this commaned thermostat name and temperature can be different for everyone.

Alexa Command to increase or decrease a thermostat temperature set point by a set amount

“Alexa, raise the <thermostat name> temperature by <desired number> degrees”

Example– “Alexa, raise the thermostat temperature by 5°C”

“Alexa, lower the <thermostat name> temperature by <desired number> degrees”

Example– “Alexa, lower the thermostat temperature by 5°C”

It is always a good idea to use the command “Alexa what is the thermostat set to?” before raising or lowering temperature may be temperature is not reached the set level yet. In the above-listed command thermostat name and temperature, the number can be different.

Alexa Command to raise or lower a thermostat temperature by 2 degrees Fahrenheit or 1 degree Celsius

“Alexa, increase the <thermostat name> temperature”

Example– “Alexa, increase the thermostat temperature”

“Alexa, decrease the <thermostat name> temperature”

Example– “Alexa, decrease the thermostat temperature”

These are the most simple commands to increase or decrease the temperature and allow you to set the temperature quickly, thermostat name can be different for every use, use what you set during the initial setup. you can use other quick commands for similar tasks while skipping the thermostat name and it will get you the exact results of above-listed commands, like:

“Alexa, make it warmer in here”

“Alexa, make it cooler in here”

Alexa Command to select heating/cooling or automatic mode

“Alexa, set the <thermostat name> to <heating/cooling/automatic>
“Alexa, turn <thermostat name> to <heat/heating/cooling>” 

Example– “Alexa set the thermostat to heating”

Example– “Alexa turn thermostat to cooling”

These commands allow you to quickly switch between different modes like if it’s working on cooling you can set it to heating or automatic with just your mouth words. My preferred way is automatic but it’s only advised if you are using the latest model of Nest or Ecobee. You can use similar simple commands to turn off a specific mode like:

“Alexa, turn off the heat”

“Alexa, turn off the cooling”

Alexa commands to turn on or off the thermostat

“Alexa, turn on <Thermostat Name>

“Alexa, turn off <Thermostat Name>

Example– “Alexa turn on thermostat”

When you are not using smart features of your thermostat and to dictate your thermostat the temperature and setting every time then you better switch off smart features and can use the above-listed command to turn on or Off the thermostat conveniently.

Alexa Command to set the thermostat to a specific temperature for specific hours

“Alexa, set the <thermostat name> to <twenty-five degrees> for <duration/time>

Example– “Alexa set the thermostat to 20°C for 2 hours”

Example– “Alexa, set the thermostat to seventy-two degrees for thirty minutes” 

Just imagine you enter the house and you want a lower temperature then you can use this command after the specific time the thermostat will resume its usual business. Remember it will not affect the schedule or automatic setting this command can be used to get a specific temporary temperature.

Alexa command to resume the schedule

“Alexa, resume <thermostat> schedule”

Example– “Alexa, resume thermostat schedule”

The previous command will set a temporary temperature for you for a specific time, and this one will resume the schedule so when you feel that now it’s temperature and you fool down and want a normal one you can use this command and the thermostat will start following its usual schedule.

Alexa command to turn on the fan of the thermostat

“Alexa, trigger <thermostat name> fan”

Example- “Alexa, trigger nest fan”

This command will turn on the fan for fifteen minutes, you can use this command when your main cooling device is on but you still want to get cool air.

Some Quick Commands that can be used with any thermostat

Suppose that you’ve named your thermostat “house.”

  • “Alexa, set house to 68 degrees”
  • “Alexa, raise (or increase) house by 2 degrees”
  • “Alexa, lower (or decrease) house by 4 degrees”
  • “Alexa, set house to heat”
  • “Alexa, set house to cool”
  • “Alexa, set house to auto”
  • “Alexa, set house to off”
  • “Alexa, what is the temperature in house?”
  • “Alexa, what is house temperature?”
  • “Alexa, what is house set to?”

Alexa Commands – List of ecobee plus skill commands

Check the current temperature at a thermostat or room sensor

“Alexa, ask ecobee the temperature” 
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee the <thermostat or sensor name> temperature” 

You can simply ask for the temperature if you are not using any room sensor and it will return you to the room temperature where the main unite (thermostat) is installed, and when you have installed the different room sensors then you need to include the name of sensor or thermostat to get the temperature.

Check a thermostat’s current set point temperature and System Mode 

“Alexa, ask ecobee what the thermostat is set to”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee what the <thermostat name> is set to”

Before making any changes to your temperature it’s necessary to get know what is current temperature and setting or mode, this command will get you all information that you need to move on.

Check what equipment is currently running

“Alexa, ask ecobee what equipment is running”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee what equipment is running on the <thermostat name>

When you feel unpleasant and when you feel that something is wrong you can just use this command to check which equipment are running, the information also can be used to optimize your thermostat for energy efficiency.

Set the temperature on a thermostat

“Alexa, ask ecobee to set the temperature to <number> degrees”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee to set the <thermostat name> temperature to <number> degrees”

This command is not used very often because once you set your thermostat for the preferred temperature it keeps following your instructions. 

Lower a thermostat temperature set point by 2 degrees Fahrenheit or 1 degree Celsius

“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m hot”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m hot in the <thermostat name>

The first command is very simple you can add cool to raise the temperature, its simple yet quick way to change the temperature of your thermostat. Remember that it only works with Ecobee.

Increase or decrease a thermostat temperature set point by a set amount

“Alexa, tell ecobee to raise/lower the temperature by <number> degrees”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee to raise/lower the <thermostat name> by <number> degrees”

This command will help you to set a temporary temperature for a specific time, it will not disturb your schedule and you can resume your schedule with the below command when you do not want a different temperature anymore or leaving home.

Cancel a Hold and resume a thermostat’s schedule

“Alexa, tell ecobee to resume schedule”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee to resume schedule in the <thermostat name>

When there is a schedule in place and you are using a temporary setting to get a different temperature then you can use this command to resume the schedule, it will send all of your temporary settings.

Set a thermostat to Home comfort setting temperature indefinitely

“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m back home”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m back home in the <thermostat name>

I found that when you are using your Ecobee thermostat on the automatic mode there I no need for such command that case because Ecobee is intelligent enough to detect your presence and can get your location through motion activation and mobile, but when automatic or smart features are turned off then you have to use this command. 

When you replace the i’m back home with i’m leaving it will turn on the away comfort setting that is usually energy saving, the exact commands are:

“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m leaving”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m leaving in the <thermostat name>

Set a thermostat to the Home, Away, or Sleep Comfort Setting indefinitely

“Alexa, ask ecobee to set the thermostat to home/away/sleep”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee to set <thermostat name> to home/away/sleep”

Switching modes while using Ecobee is quite easy this is a simple command to tell your thermostat a mode that you want on an immediate basis. you can use the above-listed command to get your sleep comfortable setting or it can be a simple one like:

“Alexa, tell ecobee good night”
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee good night in the <thermostat name>

Set a thermostat fan to ON

“Alexa, ask ecobee to turn the fan on”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee to turn the fan on in the <thermostat name>

When your main device is off and you want to get some pleasant air you can simply use this command, it will turn on the fan.

Change a thermostat system mode (Heat/Cool/Auto/OFF)

“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to Heat/Cool/Auto/OFF mode”
OR
“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to Heat/Cool/Auto/OFF mode in the <thermostat name>

Create a Vacation

“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m going on vacation
OR
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m going on vacation from <start date> to <end date>”in the <thermostat name>

This is my favorite command, a very simple and basic command to suspend all of the thermostat operations. you can use this command when you suppose to not come home for several days, going outstation or on a vacation.

Most Commonly Used Alexa Thermostat Commands 

  • “Alexa, ask Ecobee to set the thermostat to home mode.”
  • “Alexa, ask Ecobee to resume the schedule.” or “”Alexa, ask Ecobee to cancel hold.”
  • “Alexa, ask Ecobee if the heating is enabled.”
  • “Alexa, ask Ecobee if the dehumidifier is running.”
  • “Alexa, ask Ecobee to turn the fan on.”
  • “Alexa, ask ecobee to set a vacation from tomorrow to next Wednesday.”

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