Home automation systems, such as those controlled through apps on internet-connected devices or via voice-activated hubs, can boost the energy-savings potential of ductless mini-split systems used for residential heating and cooling.
Major manufacturers of single- and multizone residential ductless products have expanded the Internet of Things (IoT) in recent years by introducing software that can automate HVAC as well as by enabling that software to interact with voice-controlled systems like Google Nest’s smart speakers and Amazon’s Alexa.
“We definitely have those capabilities to tie into,” said Michelle Robb, senior director of marketing at Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC U.S. (METUS). “You can just simply talk to Alexa and tell her to turn the temperature up or down in a specific zone.”
Robb was referring to the METUS kumo cloud, an app that can be used to control all METUS ductless products as well as link them to voice-activated automation, like Alexa or Google Nest (formerly Google Home), which then in turn can manage heating and cooling.”
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Many people already use smart assistants to perform a task like retrieving information and shopping. However, thanks to manufacturers such assistants like Alexa, Google, and Siri are able to control devices with a simple verbal command. A person may easily adjust the temperature of a room or their entire house without ever leaving the couch!
Team Mechanical installs a variety of air conditioning units for residents in the Twin Cities area. Call us at 612-729-5646 if you’re interested in getting a smart assistant compatible AC for your home!