Ceiling Fan Guru

Ceiling Fan Guru Overview

This skill turns ceiling fans on when too warm, and off when comfortable or away. You can specify under which modes ceiling fans will operate and how long a period of inactivity will turn the fan off. To implement separate zones, install separate named instances of the app.

Required Devices

  • Alexa-compatible temperature sensor or thermostat
  • Alexa-compatible ceiling fan switch(es)

Optional Devices

  • Alexa-compatible Motion sensor(s)

Installation

Use the Alexa app to configure Ceiling Fan Guru.

Settings in Detail

Ceiling Fans

These fans will turn on when the inside temperature exceeds the specified set point and the other condition described below are met. The speed and direction of a ceiling fan must be set on the fan itself as this app assumes a simple on/off switch

Temperature Sensor

This is an indoor temperature sensor used to control the ceiling fans.

Motion Sensors

If there is motion for any of these sensors, motion is considered to be present. This sensor is optional.

Inactivity Minutes

When no motion is sensed for this amount of time, the ceiling fans are turned off.

Operating Modes

The mode(s) in which ceiling fans are permitted to turn on per this app. For example, a ceiling fan in a living room typically only operates during the ‘Home’ mode. A ceiling fan in a bedroom typically only operates during the ‘Night’ mode. Multiple modes may be selected. User defined modes are supported. If no Operating Mode is specified, the Home mode is assumed.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you have some ceiling fans associated with one or more motion sensors and some that are not,
  • install separate instances of Ceiling Fan Guru for each grouping of motion sensor.
  • Likewise, if some ceiling fans operate under different modes, such as living room versus bedroom ceiling fans, install separate instances of Ceiling Fan Guru for each grouping of operating mode.
  • If you manually switch off a fan, it will stay off until the next natural off/on cycle occurs.