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Controlling Your Air Your Way: Connecting Your Air Conditioner to Smart Devices

The increased popularity and continued improvement of Smart Devices and integrated applications has made it easier for us to maintain complete control of our homes whether we’re on the couch, at work or out and about but just how can your air conditioner be part of your new Smart Home? Recent developments across our range of split systems including the Avanti®, Avanti PLUS® and Bronte® series, have made it easier than ever to connect your air conditioner to smart devices within your home.

We’ve put together the handy guide below which gives you some helpful information around smart devices, your air conditioner and just what’s possible when you integrate the two.

First of all: What’s a smart device?

A smart device is an electronic device that’s connected to other devices or networks, usually by Bluetooth, W-Fi or 3G, that can either operate autonomously or provide control over other smart devices. An example of this would be controlling your air conditioner via an app on your smartphone (something we’ll go into below). While there a hundreds of smart devices currently available, with that number growing everyday, the most common forms of smart devices find in homes today are smartphones, tablets, smart watches, smart thermostats, smart doorbells and smart speakers such as Google’s ‘Home’ and ‘Home Mini‘ which incorporate ‘Google Assistant’ and Amazon’s ‘‘EchoDot‘. which incorporates ‘Alexa’, Amazon’s own virtual assistant.

connecting your air conditioner? What you’ll need

If you have a MHIAA split system or ducted system installed and want to connect this to your smart device, you’ll firstly need one of our compact Wi-Fi Adaptors.

The MH-AC-WIFI-1 adaptor is designed for use with our range of split systems and can be discreetly installed within the indoor unit. The MH-RC-WIFI 1B adaptor, designed for use with our ducted systems, can be mounted to a surface. Both of these adaptors will allow you to control your system from anywhere at any time via the easy to use IntesisHome app as your Google or Amazon Smart Home device. If you’re looking to purchase a new unit, make sure you ask your local dealer about purchasing the Wi-Fi adaptor with your unit so they can install both the Wi-Fi adaptor and the unit at the same time!

Control your air, your way

Using the IntesisHome App on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be able to control your system from anywhere including changing modes, fan speeds and setting the temperature. When connected to other devices via the IFTTT (If This Then That) app, you’ll also be able connect your system with third party applications such as weather apps, Google Mail, Google Nest and thousands of others enabling you to set your system to respond to changes in the weather, you arriving home, calendar events, or creates usage logs tracking usage and much, much more. Is it hot outside and you’re just about to leave work? With Wi-Fi connectivity you can turn your system on before you leave the office or set your system up to automatically turn on as soon as you arrive home!

You’re the Voice

As well as giving you the ability to control your system via an easy to use app, by connecting your system to Wi-Fi, you’ll also be able to control your system by simply using your voice!

Integrating with your smartphone’s smart assistant (Siri for iOS devices or Google Assistant for Android devices) as well as Google Home and Amazon smart home devices, the Voice Command function allows you to control your system by simply talking to either your phone or smart home device such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. So, for those nights when you’re on the couch or in bed simply use Voice Command to control your unit – it’s as simple as “Hey Google, turn on Avanti PLUS” and voila, your movie viewing experience just got even better.

In today’s fast paced world Smart devices and appliances give you complete piece of mind that you’ll be in complete control of your air conditioner from home or remotely. To open a world of opportunities and convenience, ask your local MHIAA dealer about getting your air conditioning connected today!

To learn more about our different Wi-Fi solutions, or to organise a quote to replace or upgrade your air conditioner simply leave some details in the form below and we’ll get an installer to get in touch!

Note: The MH-AC-WIFI-1 adaptor is sold separately and is required to connect MHIAA split systems to Wi-Fi and smart devices.  The MH-RC-WIFI-1B adaptor is sold separately and is required to connect MHIAA ducted systems to Wi-Fi and smart devices.

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