Summer is just around the corner — though summer heat is already here for a lot of us. That means folks are taking their air conditioners out of storage once again and steeling themselves for what promises to be another sweltering season. But with smart homes becoming increasingly common, what kinds of smart air conditioner options might be available?
We hear a lot about smart thermostats, and for good reason. Heating is often seen as a far more necessary utility, even in places with hot summers. AC, on the other hand, tends to be seen more as a choice, a luxury even, depending on who you ask. It’s also often far less centralized within a home.
But smart air conditioners exist, and there a boon to anyone looking for more streamlined smart home living. When you’re in a heap of overheated lethargy, it sure would be nice to ask Alexa to get the AC going with a quick voice command. Or imagine remotely cooling things down while you’re still a few blocks from home after work. The last thing you, your energy bill, and the environment want is to leave the AC running all day just to avoid coming home to a sauna.
Below are just a few examples of what you can buy to cool down your smart home.
GE window smart air conditioners
GE offers a simple solution, not much different from a standard window AC unit.
With five models to choose from, available at Lowe’s and Home Depot, GE’s smart air conditioners connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. Once you purchase the unit, you’ll download the GE app and have the ability to control your home’s temperature from your phone, whether you don’t want to get up off the couch or are out of the house.
Prices range from $229 to $389, with units ranging from 8,000 to 12,000 cooling BTU and 1.9 to 3.4 dehumidification (measured in pints per hour).
Frigidaire Cool Connect
Another great window unit, the Frigidaire Cool Connect, works a lot like the GE smart air conditioner units, connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi for easy smart connectivity.
In addition to remote control and a dedicated app, the Cool Connect will give you updates when you need to change your filter.
The Frigidaire Cool Connect works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.
AirPatrol Wi-Fi controller
AirPatrol may be appealing to readers who already have an old-fashioned air conditioner and want to make it smart. After all, if your goal is to reduce waste, throwing out a perfectly good AC unit may feel a tad counterproductive.
You’ll want to make sure you’re unit is compatible, but AirPatrol lists over 1,000 AC units it can work with.
Once you plug it in, you’ll quickly pair up your AC to AirPatrol, and you’re ready to go. Once you’re hooked up, you’ll get to adjust temperatures remotely. Or sync up your AC unit to the local weather to make sure your now-smart air conditioner adapts to the situation you’re in on any given day.
One downside is that it’s only compatible with Amazon Alexa, so if you have another digital assistant, you’re out of luck.
Pick it up on Amazon now for $149.
There are only so many window units we can recommend, but please bear with us for one more.
The Quirky Aros is yet another Wi-Fi connected smart air conditioner, but with a great deal of automation. Using your smartphone sensors, it tracks your AC preferences to recreate them as well as possible. It also checks the weather forecast to make sure it reacts when, for example, the temperature spikes overnight. No one wants to wake up sweaty of shivering.
At 8,000 BTUs, it’s not the most powerful unit on this list, but that may be just fine, depending on the space you’re trying to cool down.
The Quirky Aros has been in high demand and is currently hard to find, but third-party sellers can be found via Amazon.
This is just a small sampling of your smart air conditioner options.
If you’re in the market for smart AC, you certainly won’t lack options. This is a market that is sure to expand in the coming months and years.
Have you added AC to your smart home? Have you found a unit that suits your needs? Let us know in the comments.