As summer heats up, everyone's minds turn to one thing: air conditioning. If your aging room air conditioner isn't up to the task of keeping temperatures down—or if it's an inefficient model that sucks up far too much electricity—it's time to consider a new model. And when you're shopping for a new A/C, you should certainly check out these Wi-Fi connected models.
Like most smart appliances, a connected air conditioner gives you control from anywhere, allowing you to check the temperature and turn it on and off no matter where you are. GE has just released two new connected window A/C units, the 12,000 BTU AEC12AV and the 10,000 Btu AED10AV. You can expect the 12,000 BTU A/C to cool around 500 square feet and the 10,000 BTU A/C to cool around 400 square feet. Both of these are Energy Star certified, but remember to size your A/C unit to suit your room to avoid wasting electricity—and giving yourself a big electric bill.
Window units like these are a lot cheaper than a central air system that cools the whole house—both in up-front costs in monthly electric costs. Units like this are ideal for areas without super-hot summers that may only need air conditioning for a small part of the year. These units range from $350 to $440, making them affordable and well worth it to keep your chill during an over-heated summer. However, if you plan to pick up an A/C this summer, sooner is probably better than later: as it warms up, they can get more difficult to find in stores, leaving you with no option but to suffer in the heat! (Or spend every evening in the local mall.)
A connected A/C unit saves energy & money
On the subject of savings, a connected A/C is an ideal choice. Like any programmable thermostat, you can set up these units to work around your schedule, letting the temperature get higher during the day while you're at work and cooling off in the evening when you get home from work. The connected advantage is that you can change the temperature from anywhere. Will you—or someone else in the household—be getting home early? Will you be coming home late? Did you just change your mind on how you wanted your thermostat programmed? Regardless, you can set your A/C temperature from your smartphone without having to touch the unit itself.
While these features are common for central air systems, which can be upgraded to be smart by switching out the thermostat units, smart window units are less common and your old window unit can't be upgraded. The end result: if you want these smart features without shelling out for central air, it's time to upgrade your A/C.
The GE Comfort app (free for iPhone and Android) will let you see the current temperature, cooling mode, fan settings and schedule, as well as adjust each and get alerts on when the filter needs to be changed.
If you're sold on picking up a connected A/C before it gets too hot, both of these are available now from GE. The 12,000 BTU AEC12AV costs $440 while the 10,000 BTU AED10AV costs $350. And if you're ready to upgrade more of your appliances to connected models, GE also offers connected ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers and dryers—all of which offer easy control from your smartphone.
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