Amazon’s Alexa can now control Nest, and other, smart thermostats


As promised when Amazon revealed the new Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, Alexa can now control additional smart thermostats, including ones from Nest, Honeywell, Emerson, and Insteon. All Alexa capable devices, including the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, have gained the new ability. Once configured, you can use Alexa to set a specific temperature by saying “Alexa, set the temperature to [value] degrees.” If you just want it a little warmer or cooler, but don’t know the exact temperature you want, you can say “Alexa, lower/raise the temperature by [value] degrees” to change the temperature relative to what it’s current at. If you don’t specify a value and just say “Alexa, lower/raise the temperature,” it will change the temperature by two degrees. Unfortunately, for the Nest thermostat at least, Alexa can only control the thermostat if it’s already on and can’t switch it out of Away mode. If the new built-in Nest abilities aren’t enough, there are several Alexa Skills, like Reflect Connect, Thermostat Controller, and Thermostat for Echo, that give you more control.

  1. Bill says:

    This would actually be useful for me since I have the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat.
    The configuration link is for the Nest and with Alexa as far as I can see, I do not see how to configure this and get it to work for FireTV with Lyric. Is there a guide or has anyone done this who can provide directions?

    • Jim says:

      I have both a lyric and a RTH9590 from Honeywell and can’t get either to work with the FTV or FTV stick as well. I guess they may be able to be configured with the echo and not the FTV? Thinking about trying IFTTT.

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