Los Angeles HVAC Technician found this new technology after many calls from property management companies looking for a solution for their older buildings. The $300 Aros is about as pretty an air conditioner as you’ll find — it’s all white, festooned with touch controls instead of analog buttons, and looks like something Bang and Olufsen might have created for sound.
Behind that pretty face is a multi-speed fan that can cool a 350-square-foot space, a washable air filter and a cleverly designed air intake system that keeps the Aros from sucking up air it’s already cooled. Meanwhile, Quirky’s Wink mobile app can turn your Aros on and off based on your location, and it’ll track local energy prices in real time to give you an idea of how much cash that could be save too.
The concept seems like sort of a no-brainer in this age of connected everythings, but GE Vice President of Technology Kevin Nolan admits the conglomerate probably wouldn’t have cooked up the Aros on its own. This is the first truly big-ticket item the unlikely pair has worked on together, but Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman says it’s far from the last.
“AC units are usually ugly beige boxes that are pretty nasty,” says Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. “We wanted to make something you’d be proud to have on the wall.”
The New York-based Quirky is an innovation platform that allows community members to submit ideas, which are then developed by the crowd. The members who work on a product receive a percentage of sales in the event Quirky decides to put the idea into production. Quirky has raised a reported $175 million, most recently landing a $79 million Series D round in November. Kaufman says $30 million of that round came from GE.
Kaufman says Quirky found the idea for Aros in early December. It was submitted initially by Garthen Leslie, a Department of Energy vet who wanted to create a predictive AC unit.
A lot of the most important Aros features came directly from Leslie, says Kaufman, including Aros’s air-flow design. Generally speaking, an AC unit both release cold air and suck in warm air through their front-facing vents, which Kaufman says isn’t an ideal setup.
United Plumbing Heating Air & Electric are intrigued by where technology is being implemented to save on energy, conservation and solutions. Give us a call for recommendation on smart products for your home or business 1 (800) 233-1950