When it comes to your power bill, heating and cooling tend to be the biggest users of energy. So investing in smart heating and cooling systems can help you cut your power bill down pretty dramatically.
To help you survive brutally hot summers without breaking the bank, consider getting a smart air conditioner like this one from GE.
This is a super cool—get it, cool!—air conditioner that looks like a space age version of the standard window mounted A/C unit. But it does so much more than just blast cold air and use up electricity.
This unit will learn your habits and preferences. When you aren’t home, it will turn itself off. When you get home, it will automatically turn itself on and adjust to the exact temperature you prefer. It knows where you are based on your GPS location service on your smartphone.
In addition to adjusting itself based on your location, it can also adjust itself based on the weather so it’s not going to automatically turn itself on when you get home if its already cool enough without it.
And when it is cooling, it does so in a very smart way. That is, it blows the air upwards because while heat rises, cold air falls. So by blowing the cool air upward, it allows for a more even cooling of the whole room.
It will also track your usage so that you can see exactly how much money you are using. And you can set monthly budgets so that you can easily stick within a price range you can afford. You can also set timers and schedules. For added convenience, you can even manage all of this from an app on your phone!
They also offer professional installation for an added fee. You can install yourself but if you want to make sure its 100% secure and properly installed, the professional installation is definitely an option worth considering.
One of the main drawbacks is the noise level. If you’ve ever used a window mounted A/C unit, you’re probably aware that they aren’t exactly the quietest air conditioners out there. And while this one is super smart, it hasn’t yet figured out how to get the noise levels down.
You can manage this by sticking with the low setting which is still very powerful. Aside from the noise, it is pretty pricey compared to a standard window A/C but considering how easy it is to save money with it, you will get your investment back soon enough.
Despite the noise which you deal with in any window mounted A/C unit, this air conditioner is a great buy. It maximizes air flow. It automatically turns itself on and off so you’re not cooling any empty room. So if you’ve got a medium to small room to cool (350 square feet or less), this unit is perfect.