What’s new in the air conditioning industry?
We browsed through the latest models and found some new and improved technologies waiting for you to unveil. If you want a detailed update, make yourself comfortable and read on. We’re presenting new and improved functions you wish your AC already had last summer. Lights, camera, action!
From touch screen remote controls all the way to human presence sensors, new features are being created each and every year in order to make your life easier and more comfortable. Therefore, we’ve put together for you some of the most appealing features that come along with the latest models of Air Cons.
1. Motion sensors/human presence sensors
This function detects whether someone is physically in the room so that the unit keeps working at its optimal capacity. The latest models are created in such a manner that they direct the air flow towards the sensed person based on their movements, avoiding energy waste to other areas of the room.
The most advanced technology belongs to the smart AC sensors which are connected with the wearable devices such as smart phones or smart watches placed on the human body. After receiving feedback, the air conditioner automatically adjusts itself in order to reach the desired thermal comfort. For instance, rapid cool down can be achieved within 2 minutes after a person enters a room. What’s also worth knowing is that within the first hours of operation, the total compressor power consumption of the air conditioner improved with smart motion sensors is much less than the one using On-Off control.
2. (Smart) Sleep mode
With the help of this feature, the temperature can be gradually adjusted to a comfortable level for sleeping so that the air conditioner doesn’t work as hard and as loud, saving you money and energy…while you sleep! The philosophy behind it is that the system will set your ideal room temperature until you fall asleep and then, instead of turning it off, it will go up half a degree per hour in order to still maintain your thermal comfort.
Plus, if your air con has a built-in intelligent motion sensor, it will work even more effectively. This is where the innovation comes in. The newest technologies, supposing they detect movements in the room during the night, such a disturbed sleep, will break the sleep mode routine and bring the temperature of the room back to 23-24°C as for a daily mode. Then again, when the device senses that you have returned to a comfortable sleep, it will gradually increase the temperature, while keeping the energy efficiency to an optimal level.
Not only that the system overlooks and optimizes your body’s natural sleep cycle but it also achieves the goal of energy conservation and environmental protection.
3. Adjustable or oscillating louvres
Now, this is what we call a flexible and adaptable system. Unlike the fixed blades, you can point them up for cool air and down for warm, using a remote control. These devices also have left and right adjustability, directing the air flow in the right (and preferred) way.
The new and improved version is the one using the human activity sensor. Detecting the exact location and movements of the person in the room, the system will automatically adjust its blades and start cooling at its maximum efficiency. Friendly with the environment and a “faithful follower”, this is probably the best “stocker” you’ve ever had.
4. Demand Response Enabling Device (DRED) or PeakSmart
We saved the best for last. There has been a lot of talk about this “DRED” lately and it’s something that you might be (very!) interested in. On average, cooling and heating take about 38% of a household’s energy use, so, in order to reduce the power consumption, more and more new air conditioner models now feature DREDs (Demand Response Enabling Devices).
Power infrastructure can mostly cope with variations but sometimes there are the so-called “spikes” such as extremely hot days, when all the efforts go towards catering all area energy needs and avoiding power outages. The Demand Response Enabling Device or, in other words, PeakSmart, basically allows participating energy companies to remotely control the registered air conditioners in periods of peak electricity demand, reducing both the strain on the grid and your household power consumption, without greatly affecting the air conditioner’s performance.
There are just a few companies providing this kind of service by installing a signal receiver into the DRED-enabled air conditioner, however, Queensland’s own Energex and Ergon, also pay incentives to customers who opt out for DRED-enabled air conditioners. Pretty tempting, isn’t it?
Now that you’re updated with the latest technologies, we recommend you evaluate your budget, lifestyle and preferences and see which one of them suits you better.
Until next time, stay tuned to find out “the next big thing” in the air con world!
Your friend and AC expert,