How Do I Connect Alexa to My Honeywell Thermostat?
You can connect Alexa to your Honeywell Thermostat by enabling the appropriate Alexa Skill and then following the necessary on-screen instructions to integrate your account with Amazon Alexa. You will use a different Alexa Skill depending on which type of Honeywell Thermostat you have.
Most smart thermostats from Honeywell ultimately have some way of integrating with Amazon Alexa. How they get there is a completely different story. Honeywell has various apps and smart platforms that are used with their thermostats. You will need to use the appropriate Alexa Skill to make the integration possible. The three main Alexa Skills for Honeywell Thermostats are the Total Connect 2.0 Skill, the Total Connect Comfort Skill and the Honeywell Home Skill. You will most likely use one of these skills to have your Honeywell Thermostat communicate with Alexa.
If you have a Z-Wave Thermostat, you will enroll it with the Z-Wave network for your security system. This will allow you to use it with an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. Remember, most Honeywell Security Systems will use the Total Connect 2.0 platform. But also keep in mind that most Honeywell Z-Wave Thermostats can also be used with panels from other manufacturers that use Alarm.com instead.
Meanwhile, thermostats that are used with Honeywell Home and Total Connect Comfort will use a WIFI connection, and the setup process is completed using the respective application. You will need to download the application to your smartphone and complete the necessary process for getting the thermostat connect with a local WIFI network.
Complete the following steps to connect Alexa to your Honeywell Thermostat:
1. Configure your thermostat. Before you can start having your Honeywell Thermostat interact with Amazon Alexa, you must get your thermostat connected to the network. How you do this will depend on which Honeywell Thermostat you have. Remember, this integration is only possible for smart thermostats. Traditional programmable thermostats that do not use Z-Wave or a WIFI connection cannot be used with Amazon Alexa.
If your Honeywell Thermostat is a Z-Wave device, then you should pair it with your security system. That way, it will be accessible through Total Connect 2.0. If you don't already have access to Total Connect 2.0, talk with your alarm monitoring company about getting a monitoring plan that includes access to the service. Please note that at this time, the Total Connect 2.0 Alexa Skill only supports Z-Wave scene control. You will not be able to individually control the thermostat at this time. However, you can still created automated scene to control the thermostat.
The thermostat must be paired with your system's Z-Wave network. You can do this by putting your system into its Z-Wave exclusion mode and then activating the inclusion function on the thermostat. This will clear the thermostat from the Z-Wave network. Then put your system in its Z-Wave inclusion mode and activate the same inclusion function on the thermostat to pair it with the Z-Wave network. Remember, you may need to have the thermostat close to the panel when excluding and including. Refer to the instruction manual for your Z-Wave thermostat for more information on its inclusion function.
If your Honeywell Thermostat uses WIFI, then it is most likely a Honeywell Home device or a Total Connect Comfort device. You will need to download either the Honeywell Home App or the Total Connect Comfort App on your Android or iOS device. Both apps are available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Follow the instructions on the screen to get your WIFI thermostat connected to the network. This will involve creating a Honeywell Home or a Total Connect Comfort account. Remember this account information because you will need it later in Step 3.
2. Get the Alexa Skill. Your Honeywell Thermostat will communicate with your Alexa Device through an Alexa Skill. You will need to enable the appropriate skill within the Alexa App. You most likely set up the Alexa App when you set up your Alexa Device. But if you don't have the Alexa App, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. You will need to create an Amazon Account to use with the Alexa App.
Open up the Alexa App. Press the menu icon (three bars) in the upper-left corner. Choose Skills & Games. Press the search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper-right corner. Then look for the appropriate Skill. Remember, you will be using the Total Connect 2.0 Skill, Total Connect comfort Skill or the Honeywell Home Skill. Find the correct Skill, and click on it. Then press the blue "Enable to Use" button. This will enable the skill.
3. Link your account. Regardless of which Skill you are using, there will be some account you linked. You created this account before or during Step 1. Enter the appropriate information to link your Total Connect 2.0 account, your Total Connect Comfort account or your Honeywell Home account with Amazon Alexa. Then follow any of the necessary steps on the screen to complete the integration.
4. Test the thermostat. Go to your Alexa Device, and try using it to control the thermostat. Depending on the exact skill, a different command will be used. If you have Honeywell Home or Total Connect Comfort, you can just ask Alexa to adjust the temperature. Check and make sure that the thermostat responds accordingly.
But if you have the Total Connect 2.0 Skill, you must create a smart scene from Total Connect 2.0. Save the scene, and give it a name that you can remember. Then go to your Alexa Device, and say "Alexa, tell Total Connect to run (scene name)." The scene should activate, and the thermostat will adjust accordingly. Unfortunately, you must create a different smart scene for every thermostat command you want to activate through an Alexa voice command. This will change if the Total Connect 2.0 Skill is ever updated to allow for individual device Z-Wave control.
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