Voice-enabled Technology’s Role in the HVAC Industry

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Smart hub devices are among the most popular items on consumer Christmas lists this year, and HVAC manufacturers have taken notice.

The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device that can answer spoken questions; play music; make to-do lists; set alarms; stream podcasts; and provide weather, traffic, and other real-time information. However, perhaps most interesting to contractors is its ability to control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. The device became widely available in the U.S. on June 23, 2015, and it is estimated Amazon has already sold more than 5 million units.

Not to be outdone, Google recently entered the same space with its voice-activated Google Home speaker, which was introduced to the U.S. market on Nov. 4.

IMPORTANT INTEGRATION

“Integration with smarter and smarter devices has been a constant driver of our evolution,” said George Land, general manager of Nexia, a brand of Ingersoll Rand. “We concentrate on adding features and devices that add real value to consumers’ lives over the long haul. We are really interested in making sure the things we invest in are the things consumers will get value out of for an enduring period of time, and not things that are just gadgets or flashes in the pan. When Amazon launched the Echo, the interaction experience in the home was really transformational. If you have a smart home and you have smart devices, the ability to speak naturally and adjust those things is really a powerful way to interact with those devices. It was a no-brainer for us to integrate with the Echo and use it as another way for consumers to interact with their homes.”

By: Nick Kostora

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