Window Air Conditioners Are Now Part of the Internet of Things

Sure, houses are getting smarter now, thanks to the Internet of Things, but what about apartments and older homes? Some home-automation devices require permanent installation or rewiring, and that is not always an option. Tado has an add- on for remote-controlled window, wall-mounted, or portable air conditioners that offers a solution to that problem. 

It includes a sensor and a power controller plus a free companion app. It can sense when your home is unoccupied and stop cooling your place and start cooling again when you are close to home. 

What is brand new is Tado's support for Amazon Echo. You will now be able to issue commands using your voice to control your air conditioning unit. It is a clever idea and will be helpful to the millions of renters and folks with older homes so they can participate in the smarter home revolution

 

 

 

 

 

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