September 01, 2017

There are a number of Amazon Alexa skills out there that you can use to your advantage, creating a healthier, more efficient home for you and your family. Of course, none are more beneficial to Aprilaire customers than the actual Aprilaire Amazon Alexa skill.

However, Alexa does come pre-enabled with a few built-in skills that you can hack to your home’s advantage.

Reminders

We live in a fast-paced world. Our reminders have reminders, and yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s still possible for mental notes to fall through the cracks.

That’s what makes Alexa’s built-in reminders feature so handy. That’s said, you can use it to hack your home for better indoor wellness and efficiency.

With Alexa, you can conversationally schedule reminders to replace your air filters or double check your indoor temperatures or humidity levels every season. Staying on top of these will ensure your indoor air quality is on point and your home is running as efficiently as possible.

Learn more about how to set indoor air quality reminders using Alexa’s native reminder skill.

As an added hack for iPhone users, you can use IFTTT to sync Alexa with iOS Reminders, allowing you to keep track of your reminders anytime, anywhere.

To-Do Lists

Take those reminders to a whole new level by simply implementing them into your Alexa to-do list.

If you want to add or remove tasks on your to-do list – winterize your A/C unit, change your filters, schedule routine maintenance, find local Aprilaire dealers to discuss new installations – just ask Alexa.

If you’d like, you could even consider use these as a sort of seasonal checklist. This is a great way to keep your home HVAC systems up-to-date, providing healthy, breathable air to you and your family year-round.

Again, to take this Alexa hack a step further, you can use IFTTT to email yourself your Alexa to-do list whenever you ask Alexa for updates. If you’re an Evernote user, you can also sync your Alexa to-do list with the productivity app, allowing you to take your to-do list wherever you go.

Weather

When it comes to indoor air quality in your home, outdoor weather unsurprisingly plays a very large role. Depending on the season, your location and your personal preferences, Alexa can help you discern whether the weather will have an affect on your day-to-day activities.

While this isn’t a “hack” per se, you can use Alexa’s built-in weather capabilities as a simple way to your home’s benefit.

If you’d like to open your windows, ask Alexa if it’s expected to rain or if it’s going to be too windy.

If you’d like to know about inclement weather, ask Alexa if it’s supposed to snow so you winterize your home.

If you’re traveling, ask Alexa for the weather forecast in your area before you leave so you can appropriately prep your home for away mode.

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What hacks or other skills are you using to make the most of your Amazon Echo device at home?


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