Using Smart Home Technology to Help Spring Allergies
Allergy season is in full swing here in Atlanta. This means pollen and other seasonal spring allergens are likely making the allergy sufferers in your family pretty miserable. If you already use smart home technology, why not take it a step further to use your smart home automation to make your home more comfortable and allergy friendly?
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Have you ever tried to ask, “Hey Alexa, what’s the pollen count?” Both Amazon and Google’s home assistance devices will be able to accurately report the pollen count for your area, which is a fantastic tool for any allergy sufferers to use. This way, you’ll always know if it’s time for more medicine or maybe to avoid the outdoors altogether.
Amazon and Google also designed their Alexa and Assistant services so that they can communicate with devices that are made by other manufacturers. Alexa can work with many robotic vacuum cleaners. By making it possible to control robotic vacuum cleaners remotely, homeowners can eliminate allergy triggers like dust whenever they choose to do so. Alexa also works with many smart thermostats that have WiFi capabilities. This gives homeowners the ability to override their thermostat – even when they aren’t at home.
The IFTTT (If This, Then That) App allows all of your smart technology to work in harmony. There are many different types of smart technology out there, and different brands and programs have limitations on which devices they are compatible with. Thankfully, IFTTT changes this by acting as the translator between different smart devices. It also allows for action formulas to be set up.
So, for allergy sufferers, the app might allow your smart air purifier to talk with your Google Assistant that wasn’t previously compatible. In the same vein, it could allow that air purifier to automatically turn on anytime the temperature on your smart thermostat goes above a certain degree.
Most importantly, this app is free, making it a no-brainer addition to any smart home environment looking to improve function across devices or automation.
Other Add-On Systems to Boost Smart Home Capabilities
Z-Wave is a similar program that utilizes a hub which is the “central controller” for their system that connects a smart device. They rely on newer networking standards and create mesh networks that make the communication between devices possible Z-Wave is one of the oldest of these wireless standards, and they’re also the standards that are most often used in homes that use smart home technology.
By enhancing connecting smart devices to recognize home conditions that may make allergy sufferers more uncomfortable, you’ll improve the air quality and comfort of your home. Smart Home technology may seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Let the Atlanta area home automation experts from BriteBox show you how to improve the comfort of your home for allergy sufferers this spring.