IFTTT Recipes For Home Connect Appliances

Earlier this week we took a look at using IFTTT with General Electric smart home appliances, but GE is far from the only manufacturer offering IFTTT integration for stoves, refrigerators, and laundry machines. In fact, other manufacterers not only bring their own appliances to the table, but they also offer some unique IFTTT capabilities.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Home Connect platform — a common framework used by appliances from Siemens, Bosch, and Gaggenau. As we noted in our last article, most major appliances haven’t yet embraced Apple HomeKit or Google Home, so IFTTT can be a real help in this area.

While Home Connect appliances support all of the IFTTT triggers you’d expect, one of the things that makes Home Connect especially interesting is its support for a wider range of IFTTT actions than we typically see in appliances, allowing you to do things like preheat your oven, adjust your fridge temperature, or pause your laundry machine program.

Turn on your dishwasher when you leave

If you tend to load your dishwasher first thing in the morning but wait to turn it on until you actually leave for work, you can automate this process with a Home Connect dishwasher and IFTTT, tying it into something like an August Smart Lock so that it comes on as soon as you lock the door when leaving.

In addition to the simple “Turn on dishwasher” action, Home Connect’s IFTTT service also provides options to start up any of your dishwasher programs, to stop a program, or to turn off the dishwasher entirely. There are also IFTTT triggers that can fire off when cycles begin or end, supplies are low, or even simply when the dishwasher door is opened or closed.

Pause your washer or dryer when a call comes in

If you live in a small apartment or condo, you may find that you have a hard time talking on the phone when your laundry machines are running in the background. If you’re an Android user, you can trigger an IFTTT applet whenever a call comes in, and with a Home Connect washer or dryer, you can pause the current program.

Sadly, there’s no way to detect when you end your call, so you won’t be able to start up your machine again automatically, but Home Connect does support a “resume program” action, so you could always tie it into another IFTTT trigger — perhaps you can even set something up with Google Assistant to start it up again with your voice.

Preheat your oven when you leave work

If you’re using the IFTTT mobile app on an iPhone or Android phone, you can take advantage of IFTTT’s Location trigger to start applets when you leave or enter an area. So for instance, if you want your oven to be ready to cook by the time you get home, you can set up an IFTTT trigger to start preheating when you leave work.

Home Connect ovens also provide a number of triggers, including one to let you know when preheating is finished — so you could get a notification, or even trigger other actions from there.

Turn on your range hood when the air quality gets bad

Home Connect also provides an IFTTT trigger for supported range hoods, and if you couple this with an air quality monitor, you can do things like automatically run a fan program when the air quality in your kitchen gets poor.

Home Connect Hood also provides IFTTT triggers for monitoring filter saturation levels and actions that can turn the hood lights on and off as well.

Remind me to refill the coffee beans

If you’ve got a Home Connect-enabled coffee maker, you can have IFTTT automatically create a reminder for you when it’s time to refill the coffee beans.

In this case, we’re using the iOS Reminders app, which ties into the IFTTT app on your iPhone. Although IFTTT doesn’t support a lot of reminder services — things like Google Tasks and Google Inbox Reminders don’t have the necessary APIs — you could create an event in your Google Calendar or send an e-mail to an e-mail-to-reminders service.

Summary

General Electric and Home Connect provide a good overview of what’s possible with IFTTT, but they’re not the only manufacturers that provide this kind of integration in their appliances — LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool are three other notable examples, although you’ll find that they all offer similar triggers and actions. A home appliance is a big investment, and if you’re a home automation enthusiast, it’s important to consider what options you’ll have with each one, so it’s beneficial that IFTTT is here to open up more possibilities.

Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington is based in Toronto, Canada, where he lives with his daughter, Victoria. He is the author of iPod & iTunes Portable Genius, and works as a senior editor for iLounge.com. Prior to becoming a writer, Jesse ran his own information technology consulting practice and served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve.

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