If you hate manually changing temperature settings or simply want to schedule refreshing cool air on your own time, you can always opt for one of the best smart air conditioners to beat the heat during warmer months. A smart room air conditioner with Wi-Fi compatability takes remote control to a new level with scheduled start times, auto-adjustment of settings, and integration into a smart home management system like Amazon Alexa. For your convenience, the experts at Appliances Connection have assembled some top picks for 2023 from various installation categories including smart window air conditioners and smart portable air conditioners.
This 28-in. Friedrich smart air conditioner from the Kuhl Series is amazingly versatile. It can fit in your wall or in a window, and with 35,000 cooling BTU, it can cool a room up to 2,500 sq. ft. in area. You can use the included remote to control it, or you can use its Wi-Fi connectivity to control it with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. You can even network it with other compatible Friedrich air conditioners, getting them to work either independently or as a single unit. Its commercial-grade operation makes it extremely durable, and the washable filter prevents the growth of bacteria and mold, so it will last for years to come as well. In addition, its hardboard side panels, firm grips, and heavy-duty hardware make it a cinch to install, and EntryGard® anti-intrusion hardware secures the sleeve to the chassis, making this unit safe to install on a first-floor window even if it faces the street.
If you're looking for a compact but powerful unit, this LG smart inverter air conditioner may just be the thing for you. With 12,000 BTU of cooling capacity and at 24 in. wide, it can cool a room up to 550 sq. ft. in area. Meanwhile, its Lo-Decibel™ technology combines a BLDC motor and a DUAL Inverter Compressor™ to operate efficiently and quietly at a noise level as low as 44 dBA. With the unit's Sleep Mode, you can program it for even quieter operation. The best part is that it is ENERGY STAR™ certified to save up to 35% of energy use compared to similar air conditioners.
Not all smart air conditioners have to take up space in your walls or windows! This smart portable air conditioner comes from GE, and it's one of our favorites. It may be only 19 in. wide, but it offers a whopping 10,500 BTU of cooling capacity. It can also function as a fan and a dehumidifier, and thanks to auto-evaporation technology, you don't even need to drain the excess water it collects from the atmosphere. You can program, monitor, and schedule the unit from anywhere thanks to GE's SmartHQ app. Because of its dual hose compatibility and its window installation kit, you can even maximize its placement options along with its efficiency.
If you're looking for a top-of-the-line Frigidaire smart air conditioner, this 18-in. unit is a great choice. It offers 8,000 BTU of cooling power and three cooling speeds, as well as connectivity with the Frigidaire app, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant. The LED display automatically dims after a few minutes of inactivity, making it an ideal unit for a bedroom. You can even set its vent to draw in fresh air from the outdoors, making the most of beautiful days in the spring and fall. As a bonus, the filter is fully washable and easy to clean, helping to capture dust and pollen from the air in your home.
This Midea smart air conditioner is amazingly versatile and powerful. With 8,000 cooling BTU and four fan speeds at your disposal, this 22-in. unit can easily keep a room cool even on the hottest days, providing fresh, cool air up to 20 ft. away from its window. Its unique U-shaped design maximizes your visibility out the window and minimizes the air conditioner's noise level. It's compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as all major smartphones. The unit's built-in inverter technology is ENERGY STAR™ certified to reduce its energy use by up to 35 percent, while maintaining an operational volume of just 42 dBA. That makes it the quietest air conditioner on this list, quieter than an average library.
What should I look for in an air conditioner?
Higher BTU ratings make air conditioners suitable for larger rooms, so it's a good idea to match the square footage of the room to the air conditioner's capacity. Energy Star® certification helps you save money and electricity. You should also consider the size and shape of the window you want to put a window unit in, as not all windows can easily hold a standard air conditioner.
Are smart air conditioners worth it?
Smart air conditioners can make controlling the temperature in your home much easier. The smart features allow you to place air conditioners in harder-to-reach windows and program them from a distance, saving you time and money.