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, these Alexa hacks can create better indoor wellness and efficiency.
Alexa Hacks on Reminders
We live in a fast-paced world. Our reminders have reminders.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 Alexa for better indoor wellness and efficiency for your home.
With Alexa, you can conversationally schedule reminders to replace your air filters or double-check indoor temperatures or humidity levels. Staying on top of these will ensure your indoor air quality is on point and your home is running efficiently.
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.
Alexa Hacks To-Do Lists
Take those reminders to a whole new level by simply including them on 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 using 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.
Alexa Hacks 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 effect 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.
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.
Traveling? Ask Alexa for the weather forecast in your area before you leave.
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What hacks or other skills are you using to make the most of your Amazon Echo device at home?