As voice-controlled devices are gaining traction throughout the home, ACHR News examines “Voice-Enabled Technology’s Role in the HVAC System.” The focus is on integrating heating and cooling systems with the rest of a home’s controls. Writer Nick Kostora paraphrases a Carrier representative:
Having an Open API for its line of Wi-Fi-based thermostats allows the company to grow its interface capabilities with other smart devices that provide homeowners with a rich set of experiences.
The article points to several HVAC manufacturers who are integrating voice-control technology into their products, like Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, and Carrier. Ingersoll Rand, parent company of Trane and American Standard, among others, even has their own smart-home division, Nexia. Meanwhile, thermostat maker Venstar has developed an Alexa-compatible unit called Skyport.
Cynthia Murrell, April 3, 2017