Whether you understand the impact that the IoT is having on just about every aspect of society, at home and in business, you must have noticed the increase in devices that you can talk to, such as Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod, Echo Show, etc.
In the age of smart homes, controlling your home air conditioning with just a voice command has become a reality. Thanks to the integration of Amazon Alexa, you can now effortlessly manage your home's climate and enjoy personalised comfort with a simple voice command.
In this guide, we will walk you through the process of connecting your air conditioner to Amazon Alexa, enabling you to control it with ease and convenience.
I don’t need the infra-red controller, I just say “Alexa turn on the living room”.
Step 1: Ensure you have the correct equipment
Before diving into the setup process, make sure that your air conditioner is set up for smart home integration.
Ensure you have the following equipment ready:
- An Amazon Alexa-enabled device (e.g., Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show).
- A compatible smart home hub or bridge (if required).
- The official Mitsubishi Electric companion app for your air conditioner, MELCloud
Step 2: Set up your air conditioner for smart integration
To connect your air conditioner with Amazon Alexa, you will typically need to follow these general steps:
- Download and install MELCloud for your air conditioner on your smartphone or tablet.
- Create an account or log in to your existing account within the app.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your air conditioner to your home's Wi-Fi network.
- Configure any additional settings within the app, such as naming the device or setting up personalised schedules.
Step 3: Enable the Air Conditioner Skill on Amazon Alexa
Now that your air conditioner is connected to your home's Wi-Fi network, it's time to link it with Amazon Alexa:
- Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Tap on the menu icon (usually located at the top-left corner) and select "Skills & Games".
- Search for the official Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning skill or look for general air conditioner control skills.
- Enable the skill by following the on-screen instructions and logging in with your account details.
Step 4: Control your air conditioner
With the skill enabled, you can now control your air conditioner using voice commands:
- Ensure that your air conditioner is turned on and connected to power.
- Use the wake word "Alexa" followed by a command such as:
"Alexa, set the living room AC to 22 degrees."
"Alexa, increase the temperature of the bedroom AC."
"Alexa, turn off the air conditioner in the kitchen."
Controlling your air conditioner using Amazon Alexa brings a new level of convenience and comfort to your home. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can integrate your air conditioner with Alexa seamlessly.
Ben Bartle-Ross is a Technical Trainer on heat pumps and air conditioning