So, you’re an Alexa user. And, chances are, since you’re an Alexa user, you may have already enabled the Aprilaire skill for your Amazon Echo device. (If not, we strongly suggest you stop reading this and read this instead.) You’re probably enjoying being able to take command of your home, calling out various temperatures for Alexa to set your thermostat to without having to get up from that delicious meal you just sat down to eat. It gets better though. Did you know that you can also set Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) reminders to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy year-round?
Here are some of the ways reminders can help you keep your castle’s IAQ up and running without lifting a finger.
IAQ Reminders to set for your Amazon Alexa
Replace Your Filters on Time
No matter the shape or size, it’s best to replace your air filters regularly before they’re rendered useless by the very dirt and grime they filter out of your air.
There’s just one problem: air filter replacement may be the most obscure, least stimulating task each of us will ever have to check off our to-do lists.
Don’t worry. We’re not offended by this reality. In fact, as a company that sells air filters, we’ve come to terms with it.
That’s why we want to make it easier to help you remember when to change your filters with Alexa.
For better indoor air quality, a healthier, happier home and more money in your pocket from energy savings, just ask Alexa to set a IAQ reminder for filter replacements, depending on the type of filter your home uses.
If you have pets, live in a particular dusty part of town or tend to use your HVAC system more than the Average Joe, you may want to set that filter replacement reminder a little earlier. If you happen to travel a lot and aren’t at home all that often, set your filter replacement reminder a little later.
For optimal times, your HVAC service professional should be able to estimate the lifespan of your filter for you.
Either way, set it and forget it until Alexa reminds you to replace it.
Get Ideal Temperature Based on Climate
There are two types of people in this world:
- Those who live in sweltering conditions so they’ll never have to shovel snow
- Those who live nearly anywhere else because they just “love seasons” so much
No matter where you live, knowing how your home is interacting with the outside world is beneficial to maintaining indoor air temperatures, which can save you money on energy costs down the road.
If that sounds enticing to you, just ask Alexa to send you seasonal reminders every four months to check your indoor air temperature. Staying on top of your indoor air temperature as it relates to the weather outside prevents your HVAC system from having to work twice as hard to heat or cool your home.
And that’s how you preemptively save on energy costs.
Maintain Your Indoor Humidity
As outdoor humidity rises, so does your indoor humidity, which can attract dust mites, mold and even ruin the beautiful wood furnishings in your home. Not only that, but humidity also plays a large role in furthering allergy symptoms.
Ideally, you want to keep your indoor humidity between 30-50% to optimize your overall indoor air quality.
For that, there’s Alexa.
Simply ask Alexa to remind you to check your humidity once a month – or however often you’d prefer, based on the climate you live in – ensuring that your humidity is always on point.
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Alexa is not just for IAQ reminders. Learn the other Aprilaire Alexa skill commands you’ll need to command control of your home year-round.