How To Control Your Air Conditioner
So, you want to purchase a Smart Air Conditioner? Smart move. As long as you have an existing one that has a remote you should be able to upgrade, as well as window units, mini-splits, and portable air conditioners. You can even connect everything up to your smart home system so that all are centrally controlled.
Smart Air Conditioner
The main innovation is not the AC itself, but the technology used to control it. Essentially, a smart air conditioner enables you to monitor and control the device through your smartphone or tablet; you no longer need to use a remote to adjust the temperature. If you’re away you can use your smartphone to make sure the system is either off or on, perhaps to protect your pets on a particularly hot day.
Install A Smart Air Conditioner Controller
If you’re able to set up home wi-fi then you’re able to install this by yourself; no engineer required. You simply need to follow the instructions in the box, which will take you through a series of steps. Once you’ve done that a screen interface or app will enable you to use your smart air conditioner as and when desired.
Do Universal Remotes Work On Air Conditioners?
Your normal remote is good only for the basics; temperature control, fan speed, mode. It has absolutely no smart features. New universal remotes have evolved from Universal Remotes like IR (infrared) blasters, to Smart AC remote controllers, and more impressively AI-enabled AC remote controllers. There is now a huge range to choose from, and it depends on what other smart features you have in your household as to which one you’ll want.
Now that we’ve established how easy it is to install a smart device to enable you to control your Air Conditioner, let’s look at a range of different ACs and purifiers which can be used with this technology:
Window Air Conditioner
This is installed in an open window. The indoor air is cooled as a fan blows it over the evaporator. On the outside, the heat drawn from indoors is filtered into the environment as a second fan blows outside air over the condenser.
Wall Air Conditioner
The wall air conditioner or through wall air conditioners are very popular types; it can be mounted virtually anywhere in your abode – unobtrusive if mounted high up somewhere. Many also contain heat pumps, so that they can be used in winter months to heat your home.
Air purifiers trap airborne contaminants such as dust, mold spores, dust mites, chemicals, odors, thus being of benefit to people who suffer from respiratory problems, or even asthma. They are ideal for city living, in which the degree of air pollution is comparatively worse.
Types Of Air Purifiers
- HEPA Air Purifiers trap 99.97% of airborne particles up to .03 microns. Due to the technology used in their filters, airborne bacteria and viruses won’t multiply in the filters and spread.
- Ozone Generators release high levels of ozone, a respiratory irritant. Many hotels use an ozone generator to trap smoke odor, but due to the high levels of ozone rooms aren’t safe to be entered for 24 hours.
- Electrostatic Precipitators charge incoming particles with negative electrical charges, which collect onto electrostatic plates. Maintenance can be high due to the metal plates becoming overrun with particles.
- Ultraviolet Light Air Purifiers use radiation from UV lights to kill particles such as bacteria, viruses and mold spores that pass through the light. The goal is to penetrate the outer structure of a microorganism’s cell and change its DNA, preventing replication due to cell death.
- Activated Carbon uses a porous form of carbon that is heated to extreme temperatures to increase the surface area. Activated carbon is highly effective at trapping chemicals, odors, VOCs, and off-gassing.
Mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that enable you to control the temperatures in individual spaces or rooms. They make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems – hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be good room additions if extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible.