For the most part, the start of spring has meant warmer temperatures for Americans, and, although some are still shivering from the effects of a brutally-cold winter, summer is just around the corner. That means now is the time to get AC units installed or repaired and ready for the coming months. For consumers looking for all new units that keep them cool, the new Aros — a product of General Electric and Quirky — is an innovative new option.
What sets Aros apart from other options is not its sleek look, but the fact that it caters specifically to individual users. According to a CNET review, “Aros promises to sync with your smart phone and learn from your schedule, budget, location, and usage in order to automatically maintain an ideal temperature and maximize energy savings.”
There have been plenty of advancements made to improve AC efficiency over the years, and there are a wide range of options that feature thermostats now available. The convenience of syncing with habits and controlling the unit remotely will make it perfect for busy homeowners who don’t want to worry about turning their AC on and off every time they have to run an errand.
“I think this is going to catch on, because a lot of people are becoming more tech-savvy,” explains Andy Dennis, Owner Contractor of Andy’s Air Inc. “Everyone is going to the smartphone. Everyone’s home security system is already linked to their phone. The benefits are that a lot of people from up north who own properties down here in Florida can keep an eye on their property and maintain it better so that they don’t run into things like mold issues. I see a lot more people purchasing this product that are from out of state.”
Many people questioned GE’s $30 million investment in the New York-based startup company, and the original products that the partnership produced were smaller with the hopes of eventually developing ones that were much bigger.
“Aros is the first product that we have done together that I think leverages what both companies, respectively, do best,” Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman said. “The first products we made were us getting our feet wet, learning from one another. But the ultimate vision is to do more like this—big, profound items and true household staples.”
“What Ben and Quirky have been able to do is bring eyes to product categories that look stale and old,” said GE vice president of appliances Kevin Nolan.
The Aros is now available only by pre-order and is set to be delivered in May, just in time for the hottest months of the year. With a reasonable $300 expected price tag, it may lead the way in innovative new heating and cooling options.