Pro Commands for Tado on Google Assistant

Pro Commands for Tado on Google Assistant

Late in 2017, Tado announced support for Google Home, which was music to my ears as a smart home heating & cooling system is only as good as the level of control you can get out of it.

Now you can control your home heating and cooling using any of your devices running Google Assistant. To get setup and link your Tado account to Google Home Assistant, Tado has a helpful webpage with setup instructions.

Before you get started, please ensure you have assigned all your Tado devices to a “room” in your Google Home app. You can do this under Home Control > Devices.

Below I’m going to cover some of these commands, but also some more advanced commands as well as some cool custom shortcuts to make controlling your Tado thermostat easier.

Basic Commands:

“What is the Living Room room temperature?”
– Tells you the current temperature measured by the Tado Thermostat / Radiator assigned to that room mentioned.

“Lower the Bedroom temperature by 2°C.”
– Instructs Tado to set a manual temperature for the room mentioned, based on the current temperature in that room.
– Note that this sets the desired temperature as a Manual Control, and automatically makes it active until ended by user.
– There is no way at the moment to set other manual durations such as Timer or Until Next Automatic Change

“Set the Bathroom temperature to 22°C.”
– Instructs Tado to set a manual temperature for the room mentioned, based on an absolute temperature (e.g. 22 degrees).
– Note that this sets the desired temperature as a Manual Control, and automatically makes it active until ended by user.
– Like the command above, there is no way at the moment to set other manual durations such as Timer or Until Next Automatic Change

 

Pro Commands:

“Turn on Living Room
– Depending on what other third party devices you have connected to Google Assistant, this might not work.
– If Google Assistant doesn’t recognise this command, you could try setting it up as a Shortcut, with the expanded phrase “Turn Living Room Tado on”.

“Set basement to cool”
– Only works if you have a Tado cooling device installed
– This

“Set garage to heat”
– If you have heating off in a room, this turns the heating back on (in Manual Control until Ended by User) to 22 degrees celcius.

“turn off all thermostats”
– In any room that you have a thermostat, this turns off the heating & cooling.
– This only takes effect in rooms with a thermostat – for rooms where you have a Tado radiator head, nothing happens.
– This is set as Manual Control until Ended by User.

“turn off thermostat in dining room”
– Same as above, but turns off the thermostat only in a particular room.
– I found this difficult for Google Home to recognise my command! The first time it thought I had said timers app and the second time tamil stats
– This is set as Manual Control until Ended by User.

“what’s the humidity in the bedroom?”
– Tells you the humidity level in the room you want, as measured by the Tado device.

“what’s the kitchen set to?”
– Tells you the temperature goal set for the room.
– Annoying that it doesn’t also tell you the current temperature and whether the heating/cooling is on or off, but you could probably do this by creating a Google Assistant Shortcut to get a chain of answers.

“turn off manual control in the living room
– Turns off manual control and back to the schedule in the room desired.

“turn on the schedule in the living room
– Looks like the same command above, just in a different way of phrasing.

“turn on the hot water
– If you have the Tado extension kit, this instructs the device to turn on your boiler hot water.
– You can also set the command to turn off your hot water.
– The new state is set as Manual Control until Ended by User.

Things we would like to see / looking forward to:

At the moment, all changes are set as Manual Control until Ended by User. We would like to see in future, support for commands that allow you to set a timer to changes.

For example, saying something like “set bathroom temperature to 22 degrees for 2 hours”, when you want a bit of a heat boost in the bathroom, but only temporarily.

Tado says that the list of voice commands that you can use with Google Assistant is ever expanding, so we’re looking forward to more ways in the future to control our Tado devices and our home heating!