Those of us with central air conditioning don’t have much trouble adding “smart” elements to our system: a programmable thermostat will allow you to adjust your system’s settings based on when you’re home and when you’re not. Smaller air conditioning units – window, ductless, or portable units – generally don’t have these kinds of features built in (not that I’ve seen, at least), so you either leave it running while you’re not at home, or wait for it to cool things down when you are… and neither of these approaches is particularly efficient.
The folks at German company tado° are attempting to bridge the smart air conditioning divide with their tado° Cooling product. Take a look at their pitch video from their current Kickstarter campaign for an overview of how their product works:
Pretty cool, huh? No need to invest in central cooling (or hound your landlord to do so) to get the efficiency benefits of it. The current Kickstarter campaign has just about ended, but it’s also reached it’s goal. So, if you choose to pre-purchase a tado° Cooling system in the next few days, you’ll definitely get it (and at a lower cost than the company’s planned retail price).
As I said before, I’m not aware of anything quite like this for small air conditioning units – if I’ve missed something along the way, let me know. And if you decide to buy one of these, feel free to share your motivation with us.
Featured image credit: tado° Cooling pitch video