Central cooling and heating is great, but sometimes it makes more sense to primarily heat or cool the rooms where you spend the most time. If you’re looking for a way to help lower your electricity bills and save on heating and cooling costs, we have some tips on how smart plugs can help you save money.
How to Set Up Your Smart Plug
Smart plugs can turn on space heaters or fans to help keep occupants warm or cool in the room, and can be intelligently linked to daily activities for the most efficient operation.
Manual control of fans or heaters is easy with your favorite virtual assistant. Whether you want to yell around the house so your smart speaker can hear it, or you’d rather hit a button on your phone, it’s an easy-to-use control device that connects to a smart plug. Here’s how to get started.
- according to manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to download an app to get started.
- Make sure you give your smart plug a name you will remember. For example, something like “Johnny’s Fans” might be a good option if it’s tied to fans.
- Open the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app. Adding new equipments Use in-app tips to your smart home.
- Search for manufacturers In the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app.
- Follow the prompts Log in to the account you created using the smart plug maker’s app. This will link your assistant to any products you own from that company.
- Follow the prompts in the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app Add your smart plug to the appropriate room.
How to Control a Fan or Heater with a Smart Plug
Now that your smart plug is connected to your virtual assistant, controlling it is as easy as using your voice or smartphone. Here’s how to manage your smart plug using your voice:
- call Use the hot word “Hey Google” or Amazon Alexa Use the hot word you choose in the Alexa app to use the Google Assistant. If you’ve never customized it, it’s probably just “Alexa”.
- say “on” Followed by the name you gave the smart plug earlier.
- To turn off the fan or heater, call your assistant and say “turn off” Followed by the name you gave the smart plug earlier.
Alternatively, you might find it easier to control your device by tapping your phone. Most modern Android devices have a device control section that can be used to control any smart home device. Here’s how to do it on any modern Samsung phone:
- Open notification bar By pressing and dragging down the bar at the top of the phone.
- choose equipment button below the quick settings button.
- click drop down arrow Select the service of your choice, Google Home or SmartThings.
- Now you will see a series of quick tiles Represents a smart home gadget. Choose a tile to interact with each device.
To arrange the order of the tiles, press and hold on the tile, then move it to the preferred location.
- To manage this list, select the overflow menu icon in the upper-right corner of the device screen, then select Manage applications.
- choose your Smart Home Services choose.
click checkbox Next to any smart home device you want to appear in the quick tile list.
From now on, you can bring up the Device Controls section and tap any tile you want to control. Tapping the smart plug’s tiles will turn them on or off. Other devices may behave differently when their tiles are clicked. For example, when a tile in the device controls is tapped, the smart lock locks or unlocks itself.
How to automate smart plug control
You can manually control the fan or heater with a smart plug, or connect it to other smart devices through services like IFTTT. Once your device is connected to IFTTT, you can easily use your voice or routines to control fans, heaters, or other devices connected to the IFTTT service.
- Download the IFTTT app from the Google Play Store.
- Create an IFTTT account or Log in to the existing one.
- Search for smart plug device manufacturers in filter box.
- you should see a tile The manufacturer appears at the top of the list. click it.
- click connect button And follow the prompts to log into your account, the smart plug maker. This will link IFTTT to the device you own from that manufacturer.
list of IFTTT recipes Will appear.
In IFTTT, any automation you find or create is called recipe. Recipes can link devices together and control them according to specific criteria. For example, TP-Link Kasa has a recipe that turns the Kasa smart plug on or off depending on the temperature in your location. You can see this in the screenshot above, which links the Weather Underground service to your TP-Link Kasa plug.
Plus, if you have an air quality monitor or a smart thermostat like a Nest Thermostat, you can link those products together through IFTTT. For example, if your home drops below 63 degrees in the winter, you may want to have your bedroom space heater turn on automatically. Alternatively, you can turn on a stand or table fan when the weather outside is over 80 degrees. The choice is entirely up to you!
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