The advent of air conditioning has brought in a few decades great relief to those who have always faced the summer period with the anguish of very heavy working days, sleepless nights and whatever the great heat, for those who bear it badly, involves.
Air conditioners - today better known as air conditioners, as able no more than proonly cold, but also hot, air - do not have undergone enormous changes over time: technology now more than mature, have been perfected in terms of energy efficiency and functionality but, conceptually, they have remained what they have always been.
A big step forward, however, is rappresent from their recent opening to the world of home automation. A "domotic" air conditioner, in a nutshell, is connected to the network and therefore controllable via app on smartphone / tablet, which allows not only local management, but also remote. The possibility to remotely control the cooling (as well as the heating) enables to make the rooms pleasant, to bring an example, in advance of the profirst return: a warm house can be refreshed an hour before returning from work, and so on.
But how do you make home automation? an air conditioner?
There are various possibilities.
BUY ONE NATIVELY HOME AUTOMATION
It seems trivial, because it is.
Buy a conditioning systemnamento already equipped with home automation support it is the simplest of choices: once installed it will be sufficient to configure its connectivity and start using the domotic functions.
However, there are some gods.
First of all, this road is usually dedicated to those who need to install a system from scratch: think of replacing a functioning plant to introduce the "only" domotic functionality - unless it is drowned in money - it is unrealistic.
Anyone instead needs to replace the proits system due to obvious obsolescence can be asked if it is not the case to buy a model already equipped with connectivity and services of this type. The advice we feel we can give is, in the phase of choice, to carefully analyze the aspects related to thehome automation integrability: to adopt a yes domotic but "closed" system is certainly not a advisable choice.
DOMOTIZE IN AN ELEMENTARY WAY
In the presence or installation of a system from scratch not home automation (even recently) does not mean not being able to benefit from the great advantages offered by home automation. Rather.
In fact, on the market there are components that, by exploiting a technology as trivial as effective as infrared, allow to make a non domotic device domotic, in this specific case our air conditioner.
Among the best known we know:
These are actuators that once trained on the model of air conditioner in use I can control it. This enables the use of the related one app mobile which allows the home automation use of the unit: remote switching on and off, time planning and more.
As an alternative to the listed actuators there are others, considerably lower in price (but not necessarily in functionality, indeed): type actuators Broadlink (or similar, of other brands).
Broadlink RM Mini 3 e Broadlink RM PRO/PRO+ (for example) are infrared actuators (the second also radiofrequency) capable of virtually controlling any kind of infrared / radiofrequency device. The difference with the devices mentioned above (apart from the price) lies in the functionnametheir own app management: while the first present app expressly designed to control air conditioners (equipped with very attractive and intuitive interfaces), the latter have aapp of management much more basic (e-Control, per Android e iOS) and that lends itself, like a wildcard, to send any pre-acquired infrared code, copying it from the original remote control of the system. These are solutions more raw but also more flexible, because nothing prevents you from using them yes to control the conditionnamebut also TV, Hi-Fi systems and so on.
Finally, ultimate alternative to all these infrared actuators - valid in the presence of some rare plant models - is to contact the promanufacturer to check if they do not exist, for the profirst model, gods additional modules that allow to make the home automation the profirst plant.
DOMOTICIZE IN EVOLUTION
The solution more complete and elegant for the domotization of air conditioners / air conditioners not natively such is to use one of the above devices in abbinamenot so much of the proman app (which however remains an option) as of a personale HUB.
The HUB personal, for those who don't know them yet, are solutions that allow to integrate the profirst home automation, or allow devices, actuators, sensors, BRIDGE/gateway to interoperate with each other, although proproduced by different companies and possibly based on different technologies.
The idea therefore to integrate one of the above devices (including also installations already natively domotics that allow it) to proprio personal HUBis by far the best.
In fact, this type of initiative enables:
- include the air conditioners in the automatic scenarios linked to the presence of the tenants (automatically switch off as long as everyone leaves, or switch on when someone approaches within a few kilometers from home);
- control them remotely;
- trigger them automatically after overcoming thermal thresholds provided by the presence of thermal sensors integrated in theHUB;
- receive notifications on power on / off;
- inhibit the setting of certain regulations by family members;
- monitor the consumption and the hours of ignition
and much more.
On inDomus this type of approccio is, to say the least, appromerged: from the integration of individual actuators for air conditioners to the creation of virtual devices managed through Broadlink: the list is wide.
Among the many procast to this proposito, the best known are:
- Household a traditional air conditioner with Broadlink e Home Assistant (V2)
- Domotize a traditional air conditioner making it compatible Appthe HomeKits (via Homebridge)