It makes sense that smart air conditioners would eventually gain a foothold in the smart home industry. Relatively new to the fold, smart air conditioners are generally portable or window units that are far more efficient—in terms of energy usage—than the standard window unit.
The best smart air conditioners have great energy efficiency, are compatible with digital voice assistants like Alexa, and are highly convenient—many of them have excellent apps and can be integrated with smart home hubs or third-party devices. Read on to see our list of some of the best smart air conditioners on the market.
This14,000BTU smart air conditioner is frequently found in the number one spot due to its inverter technology. The LG compressor doesn’t cycle on and off; rather, it determines how much refrigerant to cycle within the compressor and operates at the level it needs to. This makes it one of the most energy-efficient A/Cs out there, with a 14.5 EER (Energy Efficiency Rating).
Its onboard Wi-Fi adapter supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. While reviews on the LG A/C app are mixed, once it’s linked to a virtual assistant, you can control most of its features from there.
The Windmill is an 8,300BTU smart A/C that cools up to 350 square feet, has a 12 EER, and is one of the sleeker and more high-tech-looking models out there. Windmill didn’t get downright gaudy or anything, but the A/C unit certainly stands out amongst typical units in its category.
Windmill is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, has an app that is easy to link with, and is eco-friendly to boot. It uses R32 refrigerant, which is better for the environment than some refrigerants used in other smart A/Cs.
The Midea U-shaped A/C comes in 8,000/10,000/12,000BTU variants and has a truly interesting look. It’s not as sleek a design as the Windmill, but it is unique. It has an EER of 15, which beats out the LG inverter by using similar tech.
Midea is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and has the most distinct feature of all the smart A/C units on this list in that it is whisper-quiet, even when it’s running full out.
The Friedrich Chill Premier isn’t going to blow anyone away in the looks department, but it does have an outstanding level of control with its three-function, eight-way airflow fans. This unit is 18,000BTU, cools between 700-1,000 square feet, and has an 11 EER.
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Friedrich has a very quiet operation (not quite to the level of the Midea U-Shaped) and has a unique slide-out chassis for easy installation.
Finally—a smart air conditioner with IFTTT and Apple HomeKit support. The GE Energy Star also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it’s good to see some IFTTT and Apple love on the list. Its SmartHQ app is designed to give you a lot of control and customization options.
The GE is a 10,000BTUsmart A/C for 450 square feet of cooling space and has a 12.1 EER.
Listed at 41dBA, that number puts the Frigidaire Gallery at a quiet level below even the Midea, which is listed at 42dBA. The Frigidaire Gallery is a 10,000BTU A/C for 450-500 square feet of cooling. It is also highly efficient with a 12 EER.
The Frigidaire distinguishes itself with an auto-swing louver, which calculates the room temperature in different directions and adjusts the air direction accordingly.
The first in the portable lineup, the De’Longhi is an all-in-one smart system with A/C, heating, dehumidifier, and a standard fan. It can cool a 500 square foot room at 12,500BTU. Strangely enough, there are no energy efficiency ratings available, yet the De’Longhi consistently makes the top ten lists for most energy-efficient portable air conditioners.
The biggest knock against the De’Longhi is its lack of compatibility and support. As a smart home device, you could expect more than just support for Vera and Amazon Alexa.
Hisense makes more than just smart TVs. The Hisense Portable A/C is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; this 8,000BTUversion can cool up to 350 square feet of living space. It also comes with a simple, snap-on window kit and operates at 47dBA (Not Midea and Frigidaire quiet, but close).
The Hisense is at the bottom of the list because, although it’s a great air conditioner, it falls just short of the recommended Energy Star efficiency ratings. Its EER is 7.2. Anything above eight is considered energy efficient.
Any of the smart air conditioners mentioned above can be an excellent addition for keeping your home or room nice and cool during intense summers.
However, if you’re unsure which option is best for you, consider this: when purchasing a smart air conditioner, you’ll want to pay attention to BTUs and energy efficiency. You can always check the energy efficiency rating by dividing the BTUs by the wattage consumed. The higher the resulting number, the more efficient the A/C unit.