Smart home thermostats
Smart home thermostats not only bring intelligence to your home heating, they also make your heating more efficient by learning how you like your home warmed and when. They base temperature adjustment on when you're going to be home and reduce power waste by accounting for when you're not in. This intelligence makes for a great addition to your smart home setup.
You can also control some smart thermostats with Google Home devices - adjusting the temperature of your home with nothing but your voice. Which is an utter pleasure that your Dad wouldn't approve of.
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With Google Assistant on Google Home, you can use your voice to control the temperature in your home, switch between heating and cooling modes, and more. It therefore works with a Nest Thermostat, a product from Google-owned Nest, which actually sells smart devices other than thermostats.
To adjust the temperature, say "Make it warmer/cooler" or "Raise/lower the temp" or "Raise/lower temp two degrees" or "Set the temperature to 72". To switch heating or cooling modes, say "Turn on the heat/cooling" or "Set the thermostat to cooling/heating" or "Turn thermostat to heat-cool mode". And to set the mode and temperature, say "Set the heat to 68" or "Set the air conditioning to 70".
Honeywell Lyric T6
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Google Home works with the Total Connect Comfort line of thermostats. If you want to use Lyric thermostats, like the Honeywell Lyric T6R smart thermostat, you'll need to use a smart hub (like SmartThings) to connect. Check out Google's FAQ page for more details about using smart hubs with Honeywell products.
Oh, and all the same commands you can use with the Nest Thermostat also work with Honeywell thermostats.
Netatmo smart thermostat
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The Netatmo smart thermostat is one of the funkiest looking smart thermostats we've seen. Not only does this device promise to use 37 per cent less energy in your home, but it also allows you to remotely control it via your phone, computer or your voice with Google Home.
This smart thermostat was designed by famous French designer Philip Starck but it's not just its looks that make it stand out. This thermostat allows you to customise your heating schedule around your life. Setting the perfect temperature for when you get up in the morning, when you come home from work and more. It allows you to monitor your energy consumption as well as controlling it with Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home and even Facebook messenger.
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Tado offers compatibility with Google Home too. The smart heating system works with geofencing, so when it detects that everybody has left the house it will automatically switch off. It will then spring into action when it notices someone coming home and is within a defined radius.
Google Home owners can control the heating using their voice, including being able to control independent rooms thanks to Tado's smart radiator thermostats.
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