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What commands can I give my Sensi thermostat using Amazon Alexa?

Once connected, you will be able to verbally set, lower, or raise the temperature on your Sensi thermostat. In order for Alexa to properly carry out your demand, you will need to use the name you’ve given your Sensi thermostat in your Sensi app.

For instance, in the following examples, let’s say you’ve named your Sensi thermostat “living room.”

Here are some examples of commands to give Alexa:

  • “Alexa – set living room to 68 degrees”
  • “Alexa – raise (or increase) living room by 2 degrees”
  • “Alexa – lower (or decrease) living room by 4 degrees”

Auto Mode Notes

Alexa will verbally respond differently if your Sensi thermostat is in Auto Mode. While in Auto Mode, if you ask Alexa to set your temperature to 72 degrees, she will respond, “Thermostat is in Auto Mode. Aiming for 72 degrees.” Alexa’s response take into account your target setting and the comfort range you’ve set in your Auto Mode.

While in Auto Mode, Alexa will keep your comfort range. For example, if your current cool set point is 80 degrees and your current heat set point is 60 degrees, you have a 20-degree comfort range with an implied 70-degree midpoint. If you ask Alexa to set your thermostat to 75 degrees, your 20-degree comfort range will hold, and your new cool and heat set points will be 85 degrees and 65 degrees, respectively.

Also, if you have an odd comfort range, such as a comfort range of five degrees, Alexa will decrease your comfort range to have equal splits on each side of your requested temperature. For example, if you have a cool set point of 75 degrees and a heat set point of 70 degrees and you ask Alexa to set your temperate to 73 degrees, Alexa will say, “Thermostat is in Auto Mode. Aiming for 73 degrees.” Your cool set point will stay at 75 degrees (two degrees over your desired temperature) and your new heat set point will be 71 degrees (two degrees under your desired temperature).

Fahrenheit/Celsius Note: Alexa and your Sensi thermostat can function in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, however both Alexa and your Sensi thermostat should be set up in your preferred format. To change to degrees F/C on your Sensi thermostat, navigate to the Sensi app and click Settings and then Thermostat Display. You can toggle between F/C. To change to degrees F/C on your Echo, navigate to the Alexa app and click Settings. Under Alexa Devices, find and click your Echo. Scroll down and toggle Metric Measurements to On for Celsius or Off for Fahrenheit.

If you want to change the name of your thermostat, you will need to do this in your Sensi app.

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