Smartphone and Apple HomeKit-compatible air conditioners are not new. HomeKit-compatible air cons apparently exists outside of the U.S., but the window unit you see here, a GE AHP08LX, is the first in the U.S. to tout HomeKit compatibility. Why a window unit? Beats me. Seriously, I never thought there is a market for window air conditioner. Split system is the norm these days, isn’t it? Anyways, in case you are keen, here are the things you need to know.
This (not surprisingly) nondescript GE HomeKit compatible window air conditioner is rated at 8,000 BTU and Energy Star certified, and in addition to playing nice with Siri, it will also cooperate with Alexa, Google Home products, as well as various IFTTT devices. So, you are sealing your fate with it – in case you wish to jump ship sometime down the road.
The unit is good for cooling rooms of size between 250 and 350 square feet and features 4-way air direction, 3 cooling speeds, and 3 fan only speeds. In addition to Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFFFT devices, the unit also works with GE’s own WiFi Connect app to offer an alternative who do not wish for any of the aforementioned voice assistant to be part of their lives.
Even better, it does come with a remote control in the event you prefer the old fashion way of doing things. But you probably won’t because you are plonking down $319 for this baby, so you will likely want to take advantage of the technology. The GE AHP08LX Window Air Conditioner is, for now, exclusively available in the stateside through Lowe’s. So, now you know.