High-tech air conditioners that keep you cool

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From remote programming and voice commands to saving money on energy bills, these units offer plenty of smart features

Summer is about being outside. It can also mean being stuck in unnecessarily hot rooms when you get home if you don’t have adequate air conditioning. As you’ve probably experienced countless times, there’s a scorching lag between walking through the door and starting the air conditioning.

It’s time to relax with smart air conditioners, which you can activate from anywhere using apps or control with voice commands from your couch. It’s not just about the cool factor, though. Smart units also help you manage electricity usage, and in a summer when the cost of everything is heating up, that’s a major plus. Here are our picks for the best smart air conditioners.

Midea U

With this well-designed unit, Midea has solved one of the thorniest challenges in window air conditioners: the inability to open and close windows. Midea claims this is the first-ever U-shaped window air conditioner; it’s also powerful, with 10,000 BTUs that cover about 450 square feet. As a bonus, the U-shaped design blocks compressor noise outside, making the U ultra-quiet. The Midea U works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can control it with voice commands. A clean and simple app also works on iOS or Android phones.

Midea U is available for $409.

LG smart window air conditioner

“Maximum Cooling” is LG’s slogan for this; it’s hard to argue when this sleek unit can cool rooms up to 1,000 square feet. It is also the type of powerful and quiet alternating current; The company’s Dual Inverter technology also means that “this ultra-quiet unit operates at 44dB in standby mode, almost as quiet as a bookshelf,” LG says on its website. Even better, the same technology means more efficient operation, saving you up to 25% on energy costs, according to LG. LG’s ThinQ app lets you cool your home from anywhere, or tell Alexa and Hey Google to cool it using voice commands. Four cooling and fan speeds and a 24-hour timer also let you create a custom cooling schedule.

The LG Smart Window Air Conditioner is available for $795.

Friedrich Kuhl

“You’ve never come across a window air conditioner as smart as Kühl,” boasts Friedrich, the venerable air conditioner manufacturer founded in 1883. The Kühl sounds pretty cool, with easy voice/smartphone control integration via the FriedrichConnect app. If you have more than one Kühl at home, the app’s advanced grouping program lets you control them independently or as one system. The unit is as muscular as it is smart, with a commercial-grade 20-gauge steel cabinet and fully-enclosed fan motors that stay packed with Friedrich’s QuietMaster technology; the company promises performance that’s “up to 45% quieter than competing products,” even with output as high as 35,000 BTUs.

Friedrich Kühl is available for $1,029.

Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Cool Connect

One of the best looking smart window air conditioners, this sleek 12,000 BTU cooler lets you cool rooms up to 550 square feet from anywhere using a smart device. You can schedule the room temperature while you’re away and cool your room before you get home for instant comfort. Frigidaire’s app also shares maintenance notifications, like clean filter indicators. Powerful as it is, a very modern mesh-fronted design makes it a cool, as well as refreshing, addition to a tastefully furnished room.

Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Cool Connect is available for $599.

Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Portable Air Conditioner

Part air conditioner and part dehumidifier, Honeywell’s Optical White Rolling Tower is perfect for targeted spot cooling in rooms up to 450 square feet. Because it’s portable, you can reduce energy consumption by cooling only the room you need compared to central air conditioning throughout the house. Honeywell’s Smart Wi-Fi app gives you full control over its three fan speeds and 24-hour power-saving timer; a clean filter alert makes maintenance easy. Compatibility with Amazon Alexa means you can use voice commands to turn on, change the temperature and adjust fan speed settings.

Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Portable Air Conditioner is available for $579.

Sky Sensibo

Now you can train conventional air conditioners to be smart. If your AC works with a remote control, installing Sensibo Sky lets you control the device from your phone or voice assistant with features like seven-day scheduling, geolocation, and weather feedback triggers . The Sky can also help you save money; Sensibo claims its smart sensing algorithms save up to 40% on utility bills by letting you set triggers and schedules, helping you choose the right temperature settings and reminding you to clean your filters. The company promises that the average installation time for a Sensibo device is 2:43 minutes; the Sensibo Sky works with over 10,000 AC brands.

Sensibo Sky is available for $89.

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Karl M. Bailey