Tado, the Munich-based Smart Home manufacturer that focuses on intelligent home climate management, today announced a forthcoming update to their Smart AC Control V3+ (read our review HERE) that expands the capabilities of the device, as well as a few fixes and improvements.
Bigger skillset for more than 500 ACs and heat pumps
tado° customers can now look forward to expanded feature compatibility, which means they will be able to make use of more features than ever with their Smart AC Control, such as setting the temperature in auto, dry or fan modes, different fan levels or even multiple swing settings. Users can, for example, put their AC on silent fan level or choose from vertical and horizontal swing states. The full feature support is available to more than 500 ACs and heat pump brands and covers up to 95% of all features if a new tado° Smart AC Control V3+ is installed.
* tado° Smart AC Control V3+ is compatible with air-to-air heat pumps. For further heat pump compatibility please contact tado° support.
Get cool in less than 5 minutes
A new installation process allows customers to set up their Smart AC Control in less than 5 minutes. The installation steps have been reduced considerably and an improved matching algorithm was introduced to find the AC faster. The tado° app will lead customers through an easy and short installation flow, so users can begin to benefit from energy-saving measures and increased control and comfort.
Our Smart AC Control is designed to enhance your comfort at home while saving energy which is especially important in times of massive price increases for energy usage,” says tado° Co-founder & CPO Christian Deilmann. “With the new features, we made it easier for households to only cool if it is necessary and lower their energy consumption.
Space cooling is on the rise and needs to be more efficient
Record-breaking heat waves have become a constant companion during summer and can be strongly connected to climate change. India and Pakistan have just been the latest countries to face extremely high temperatures. In the future we all will have to deal with higher temperatures in our daily lives.
An air conditioner or heat pump with a cooling function helps to keep the room temperature comfortable and reduce the impact that heat has on health, such as dehydration or heat stroke. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), roughly 2 billion AC units are in operation worldwide at the moment. The IEA predicts an increase to 5.5 billion units globally by 2050.
ACs consume a significant amount of energy. Especially during peak demand periods and extreme weather conditions, energy grids are put under pressure. The global demand for space cooling is rising, and the increased popularity of the home office has further driven this demand. In 2020 space cooling accounted for nearly 16% of buildings sector final electricity consumption (about 1, 885 TWh). Energy-efficient technologies like the tado° Smart AC Control ensure that air conditioning is only in use when homes are occupied and that no electricity is wasted.
The only possible downside for HomeKit users is that many of these new or expanded features will not be exposed to HomeKit, although until we have a chance to test out the update, we can’t say for sure.
** Faster installation will be available first in Germany, France and the Netherlands, other countries will follow shortly.