Smart AC units (units that connect to the internet) offer several benefits over regular counterparts, including the gift of automation. That means, for instance, you can program your AC to shut off when your room reaches a specified temperature or program it to kick on or off at specified times of the day, ensuring you don’t suck up unneeded energy.
One very cool (no pun intended) example of smart AC automation is the ability to preemptively kickstart the unit before you get home. That means instead of cranking your AC to quickly cool down a hot room, you can instead send a message to a smart AC unit before you arrive and slowly cool your room via a more energy-efficient setting.
Integration with If This Then That (IFTTT) also allows you to sync Sensibo to applets that can control your AC based on current weather or atmospheric conditions like temperature and humidity, plus other factors like whether you’ve entered a certain room.
Plugs like those made by Gosund or TP-Link for example, come with their own app and can be paired with Alexa and Google Assistant. As a result, you can control them with a smart speaker and trigger them on a timer or manually through Wi-Fi. Plug your AC into one, and you’ve now got yourself a semi-automated unit.
Gosund smart plug
You’ll obviously lack granularity here, including the ability to do things like changing the temperature, fan settings, or geofencing, but you’ll still be able to mitigate some overuse by being able to cool your home low and slow before you arrive or by automatically switching it off at a certain time of night.
If you’re looking to optimize your AC usage this summer, these three methods (a smart AC, control module, or smart plugs) are all viable depending on your budget, so while summer might still make you sweat eventually, you can at least stay a little bit cool about your electricity bill.