Have you ever wondered if you're using something correctly? When learning how to use a new technology like Amazon Echo, there's a lot to take in, given its impressive capability. Echo is a device connected to the internet that plays music, provides information and executes security and automation commands for your home security system.
The Echo has a speaker and microphone system to hear and respond to these commands. There's no point in having it if you're not making your life easier and safer. Here are some best practices to use in your home, so you're getting the most out of it.
Improve your security
Amazon Echo integrates with wireless security features. Use it to arm your doors with a voice command. This can be done in seconds, versus walking across the house to see if the front door is locked or finding your smart device to open the app. The Echo can also be commanded to open or close your garage, a handy feature when you're inside and want to let someone deliver a package, or close the garage when the kids have put their bikes away. You can even program Alexa so that when giving a command such "Lock up, I'm going to bed," the system will automatically lock the doors, turn the lights off and lower the thermostat.
Automate your life
The Echo also makes home automation even easier when paired with an updated system. Using Alexa's voice commands, you can change the lighting or temperature. Commanding Alexa to turn on lights, for example, might mean instantly having your upstairs hall and bedroom lights on, so when you walk upstairs with an armful of laundry, you won't have to grope for the light switch. You can change the room temperature while in the middle of cooking without having to wash your hands to do it manually or via your smart device.
Check your commute
This is also a helpful way to learn about any issues with the morning commute. Give the Echo your starting and ending location, and you'll hear about any traffic issues to adjust your route or timing.
Time your meals
The Echo can act as a timer, so you'll know when to get food out of the oven or off the stove. It's easy to forget when your food is supposed to be done. Using Echo in the kitchen or in another room can assist with this.
Some people expect that smart home platforms are expensive, but they're much more reasonable than people think. If you consider the cost savings in lowering heating and cooling bills, it can pay for itself quickly.
For more information on best practices for the Amazon Echo and your home automation system, contact a Vivint representative.