We’ve seen a plethora of smart appliances enter the market, but window air conditioners have been left out until now.
The window air conditioner has been around for decades. But a smart, compact version has been a long time coming. A new start-up, Noria Home, has created an AC unit that’s less clunky, easier to install and utilizes remote connectivity and schedule creation.
This offers a solution for homebuyers who aren’t ready to turn their entire HVAC system on and just want to quickly cool the room they are currently using. Builders could use Noria as an incentive for homebuyers by adding it to their standard HVAC package.
Noria’s smart features mean homebuyers can control the AC unit via Bluetooth and make energy savings schedules from their mobile devices.
There’s also a fresh air mode that brings outside air inside on cooler days. A single knob controls the temperature, so your homebuyers can plug it in, set the thermostat, download the app via iOS or Android and stay cool. Noria has a cooling capacity of 5,000 BTU’s per hour and can cool a room up to 160-square-feet. It’s less than 6-inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds.
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“Currently, we have designed and built two full-scale prototypes. One is a thermal prototype, which actually works to pump heat at the size we have designed, and a user experience prototype, which acts as a testbed for us to work on the installation experience, confirm the function of our light pipe and knob design, and continue to develop the iOS and Android apps to confirm software / hardware integration,” says the company on its Kickstarter campaign site.
Quirky and GE Aros have also released a smart, app-enabled window air conditioner.
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