Control your thermostat with your voice thanks to Tado's new integrations

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Too hot? Too cold? Just say so, and Tado’s new smart thermostat will get that taken care of for you. It’s all thanks to the third-generation system’s newfound compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Echo, and IFTTT.

That means that not only will you be able to control the temperature of each room in your home, but you’ll also be able to do it with nothing more than your voice. Just ask Siri or Alexa to make your bedroom a little warmer or your kitchen a little cooler — you’ll never have to adjust a thermostat by hand again.

Debuted at the IFA 2016 consumer electronics conference in Berlin, the Smart Radiator Thermostat comes out of Munich-based startup Tado, which has been in the business of making smart home systems since 2011. While little has changed in terms of the hardware of the device, the new integrations with smart home platforms certainly make the Smart Thermostats easier to control.

Moreover, you’ll be able to create scenes using these platforms, which means that you could set a number of your smart-home devices to act in tandem — when you leave your house, for example, they could turn down your heating, turn off your lights, and switch on your alarms.

Finally, Tado says that its latest generation of thermostats features improved energy efficiency algorithms. By using your smartphone’s geolocation features, the Smart Thermostat will automatically adjust itself based on whether people are leaving or entering the house, and will also take the weather into consideration when setting temperatures. Tado claims that you’ll be able to save even more money as winter begins to rear its head — up to 31 percent, to be exact.

So if you’re already preparing for those cold months ahead, you can plan to purchase the newest Tado products later this month. You can either rent or buy the thermostats, and if you choose to do the former, the cost will be less than $8 a month. If you’re looking to buy, on the other hand, you can get the entire kit (which includes two thermostats and one Wi-Fi hub) for around $220, or a standalone Smart Radiator Thermostat for around $88.

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