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'Smart' air conditioners: how to manage them from mobile

The development of the home automation, the discipline that deals with solutions to improve living well-being, has made great strides in recent years. Not surprisingly, we are now talking about Building Automation e Smart Home, since the integration of the various technological solutions now concerns the first design phase of domestic spaces.

Therefore, modern houses are born already with a view to creating highly technological 'smart' environments, in which plants and systems can be managed remotely, using special control devices or an app installed on your smartphone.

From this point of view, the air conditioning appliances; modern generation air conditioners, in fact, are equipped with a wide range of smart functions, easily also manageable via mobile.

The characteristics of a 'smart' air conditioner

Air conditioning devices are usually equipped with a remote control or a controller with physical buttons that allow you to adjust the various operating parameters. The 'smart' models, on the other hand, they can be controlled remotely even without being present at home, thanks to integrated connectivity and specific features.

In particular, it is possible to pre-set the on and off times and the maximum operating temperature, so as to optimize energy expenditure, avoid waste and create a comfortable home environment based on personal tastes and needs.

How to control the appliance via mobile

The most technologically advanced air conditioners can be managed remotely via your smartphone, in a practical and 'smart' way. In that case, you must first have one home Wi-Fi connection, so that the various devices can 'talk' to each other; alternatively, some devices use Bluetooth connectivity. Regardless of this aspect, there are basically two options for mobile control:

  • use the app specially developed by the manufacturer of the machinery; in this case, you need to download the one compatible with the operating system active on your device;
  • install a 'universal' app, which allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control, thus having all the commands necessary to control a single air conditioner or all those connected to the domestic system at your fingertips.

Choice options are certainly not lacking; on the market it is possible to find machinery of various types, even online thanks to e-commerce such as Emmebistor, a shop specializing in the sale of conditioners.

Xiaomi and smart air conditioners: how to use the Mi Remote app

Xiaomi has developed a particularly versatile app, which can be installed on numerous smartphone models among those produced by the Chinese company. It is about “Mi Remote” and essentially turns your mobile device into a kind of universal remote control.

Thus, it allows the user to control various electronic appliances and home appliances, including smart TVs and air conditioners. In order to take advantage of Mi Remote, your smartphone must be equipped with IrDA infrared technology, present on most Xiaomi and Redmi models. The only exceptions are a few low-end devices such as, for example, the Redmi 7A and Redmi 8A.

Using the app is pretty simple; after the download is complete, you can proceed with the installation, without needing to log in to your Mi Account. The application is available in the Tools folder; from here, just launch Mi Remote and click on "add remote", choosing the device associated with the manufacturer's name.

Once the connection with the machine has been set up, just follow the commands on the app and point the smartphone at the air conditioner, choosing the settings you prefer. For convenience, the app allows you to give each device a specific name; at the same time, you can leave the default one.

Remote control via Mi Remote is compatible with air conditioners and air conditioners equipped with infrared sensors; which is why it is advisable to install a reliable, modern generation machine and, preferably, able to connect to the mobile or home Wi-Fi network.

Edoardo D'Amato

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