If you have a smart thermostat like the Nest Thermostat or Ecobee Thermostat you can control them with your voice using Alexa. In this post we teach Alexa Thermostat Commands so you can control your smart thermostat with voice.
If you are still considering what smart thermostat to get, we have a full thermostat guide that compares the top smart thermostats for your use.
Using Alexa Thermostat Commands is a great way to add handsfree control of your smart thermostat, that can make you more comfortable and increase the functionality of your smart home.
I’ve found that I use Alexa Thermostat Commands on a daily basis because one of my favorite things to do is adjust the thermostat temperature from my bed with my voice if I’m too hot or too cold without needing to reach for my phone. I don’t like to sleep with the cell phone right next to my head so it’s often just out of reach and I can adjust the thermostat temperature by speaking to Alexa.
I also use Alexa Thermostat commands while I’m moving throughout the house durring my daily activities and if I find I’m too hot or to cold I just tell the nearest Alexa device to turn up or down the temperature using my voice.
I prefer using Alexa Thermostat voice commands to adjust the temperature over using my phone because I feel like I’m already on my phone to much and even looking at it is likely to distract me down a rabbit hole of wasted time.
I personally have a Nest Thermostat Generation 3 smart thermostat in my home but there are a lot of good smart thermostat options that will work with Alexa. All you need to use Alexa Thermostat Commands with your smart thermostat is the Alexa App and a compatible Alexa device like the Echo Show or the Echo Dot.
I have a variety of different Alexa devices spread throughout my home because I test and review them for you, but I’ve found that my current favorite Alexa devices are the Echo Show 5 with it’s built in touch screen and the Sonos Beam with Alexa built in. The most value minded option for getting started with Alexa voice control is the Echo Dot and you could always upgrade to another Alexa device in the future, but what I’ve found is that having an Alexa device in every room I use on a daily basis helps me complete my tasks quicker and is incredibly convenient for controlling lighting, thermostats and my alarm system.
Below we provide you with the Alexa Thermostat Commands for the most popular smart thermostats’s but we also provide you with an instruction tutorial on how to connect your smart thermostat to Alexa so that you can use Alexa Thermostat Commands with your smart thermostat. Skip to the end if you need to learn how to connect your smart thermostat to Alexa.
Alexa Thermostat Commands: Nest Thermostat
These Alexa Smart Thermostat commands will work with all Nest Thermostats including the Nest E and Nest Thermostat Generation 3
“Alexa, set thermostat to 72 degrees” - Set’s Nest thermostat to the desired temperature.
“Alexa, set thermostat to heating mode” - Set’s Nest Thermostat to heat mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to cooling mode” - Set’s the Nest Thermostat to cooling mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to eco mode” - Set’s the Nest Thermostat to eco mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to away” - Set’s the nest thermostat to away mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to home” - Set’s the nest thermostat to home Mode.
“Alexa, what is the thermostat temperature?” - Alexa will respond with the current temperature of the nest thermostat.
In lieu of using the term “Thermostat” you can also use the name of the “Thermostat” as you specified it in the Nest App. So if your Nest Thermostat was named “Living Room” you could say “Alexa, set Living Room to 72 Degrees.” This is important to know because if you have more than one smart thermostat in your home you will need to use the name of each Thermostat in your Alexa Thermostat Commands in order for Alexa to know which Thermostat you want controlled.
Nest Thermostat Upgrades Available
If you have a Nest Thermostat you can upgrade the functionality by adding Nest Room Temperature Sensors that allow you to monitor and control the temperature in a specific room like your bedroom or living room.
Alexa Thermostat Commands: Ecobee Thermostats
“Alexa, what’s the thermostat temperature?” - Alexa tells you the temperature currently detected on the thermostat.
“Alexa, set thermostat to 72 degrees.” - Set’s thermostat to desired temperature.
“Alexa, raise temperature 3 degrees.” - Set’s temperature up 3 degrees. This command can be used to raise or lower the temperature with your voice.
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m leaving.” - Set’s thermostat to away mode.
“Alexa, tell ecobee goodnight.” - Set’s thermostat to yoru sleep comfort temperature.
“Alexa, ask ecobee to turn the fan on.” - Turns on the HVAC fan.
“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to heat mode.” - Set’s thermostat to heating mode.
“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to cooling mode.” Set’s thermostat to cooling mode.
“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to off Mode.” - Turn’s off the thermostat.
“Alexa, ask ecobee to switch to Auto Mode.” - Set’s thermostat to Auto mode.
“Alexa, tell ecobee I’m going on vacation.” - Set’s thermostat to vacation mode.
Ecobee Thermostat Upgrades Available
Some Ecobee Thermostats come with remote room motion and temperature sensors but you can also purchase them separately if you want to monitor and control the temperature in an individual room.
Alexa Thermostat Commands: Honeywell Thermostat
These Alexa Thermostat commands will work with Honeywell smart thermostats including Honeywell Wifi Thermostats and the Lyric line of Honeywell smart thermostats. These Alexa Honeywell thermostat commands will allow you to adjust most Honeywell smart thermostats. When using Alexa Honeywell thermostat commands you can also substitute the name of the thermostat you designated in the app rather than using the term “thermostat”.
“Alexa, what is the thermostat set to?” - Alexa tells you current temperature the Honeywell Thermostat is set too.
“Alexa, set thermostat to 73 degrees.” - Set’s thermostat to desired temperature.
“Alexa, raise thermostat by 3 degrees.” - Raises thermostat temperature per desired adjustment.
“Alexa, lower thermostat by 2 degrees.” - Lowers thermostat temperature per desired adjustment.
“Alexa, make it warmer.” - Raises Honeywell thermostat temperature.
“Alexa, make it cooler.” - Lowers Honeywell thermostat temperature.
“Alexa, set thermostat to 70 degrees until 7PM.” - Honeywell thermostat holds temperature until designated time.
Alexa Thermostat Commands: Emerson Sensi Thermostats
We have found that the Alexa thermostat commands for the Sensi thermostats need to be said precisely per the Alexa thermostat commands below or Alexa may not perform the action as intended. We recommend that you say the Alexa Thermostat commands for Sensi Thermostats below exactly as written. If you use a different name for your thermostat you should substitute the name you choose for in place of the word thermostat.
“Alexa, set Thermostat to 68 degrees.” - Set’s Sensi Thermostat to desired temperature
“Alexa, set Thermostat to heat” -Sets
“Alexa, set Thermostat to cool”
“Alexa, set Thermostat to auto”
“Alexa, set Thermostat to off”
“Alexa, what is the Thermostat Temperature?”
“Alexa, what is the Thermostat Set Too?”
Alexa Thermostat Commands: How To Connect Your Smart Thermostat
There are dozens of smart thermostats that work with Alexa but they all connect to Alexa in the same general manner that lets you control them with Alexa voice commands. We outline how to connect your smart thermostat to Alexa below.
#1. If you have not already done so, download the Alexa app and setup your Alexa device. We love the Echo Show 5, Echo Dot and Sonos One with Alexa built in for Alexa control of smart thermostats.
#2. You will need to install and setup your smart thermostat and connect it to the internet. You will also need to write down or remember your password for your smart thermostat account.
#3. Open up the Alexa App, you will then need to add a “Skill” in Alexa for your thermostat. You do this by opening the Alexa app and clicking on the Menu tab in the upper left. In the Menu Tab click on “Skills”
#4. With the “Skills” Tab open you can then search for the “Skill” You need by clicking on the magnifying glass or search icon in the upper right hand corner of the app screen and then typing in the manufacturers name or name of the “Skill.” you are searching for.
#5. Click on the “Skill” and press enable to add the skill.
#6. Then follow the in "Skill” instructions for setup which typically require signing into your smart thermostat account. We’ve included the links to the most popular skills below so you can click on the right skill for you.
Alexa Thermostat Commands: Summary
Alexa Thermostat commands are a great way to add voice smart home functionality to your home. Alexa voice commands feel like a true luxury the first time your laying in bed and adjust your thermostat using your voice. Any Alexa device will work with Alexa Thermostat commands but we love the Echo Show 5 and Sonos One with Alexa built in as voice assistants for controlling your smart thermostats. If you don’t know what Alexa device you want we have an entire guide to help you choose the right Alexa device for you.