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Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

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  • Learns from your patterns to cool when you need it, not when you don't
  • Smart scheduling learns your habits and adjusts to cool the way you like all week long
  • Turns on and off according to your location and GPS settings
  • Tracks your usage so you can adjust settings to save on energy costs
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number BOWAC8000
Item Weight62.8 pounds
Product Dimensions25 x 18 x 14 inches
Item model numberPAROS-WH01
Voltage115 volts
Wattage710 watts
Installation MethodWindow
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #108,581 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight62.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableMarch 18, 2014

Product Description

Product Description

Part of the Quirky + GE collection of smart products, Aros is an app-enabled air conditioning unit that reacts to its surroundings to save you Time, Energy & Money


Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

Dumb window A/C units only give you two options: Leave the air on all day — while burning expensive electricity — or come home to nasty, stuffy summer heat. But not Aros; because Aros is smart. Part of the Quirky + GE collection of connected products, Aros gathers information about your budget, location, schedule, and usage. It learns from this data over time to automatically maintain the perfect temperature and maximize savings for your home. Using the Wink app on your mobile device, you can monitor, program, and control Aros from anywhere.

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Beautifully Simple Design

Aros's sleek, modern design allows for upward airflow, which increases circulation; its flat, touch-capacitive sensors let you switch between three cooling modes and three fan speeds discreetly; and retractable fabric wings ensure a proper fit in your window. No doubt about it, Aros is sure to be the best looking A/C on the block.


Upward airflow behind
Upward airflow (view larger)
Retractable wings
Retractable wings (view larger)
Touch-capacitive sensors
Touch-capacitive sensors (view larger)

Save Energy + Money


Tracks your usage so you can adjust settings to save on energy costs

Schedule + Budget

Learns from your patterns to cool when you need it, not when you don't


Turns on and off based on your smartphone's GPS settings

The Brains

  • Works with the Wink app: monitor, program, and control Aros from anywhere
  • Tracks your usage so you can adjust settings to save on energy costs
  • Learns from your schedule, weather, and budget to cool when you need it
  • Turns on and off based on your smartphone's GPS settings

The Box

  • Aros air conditioner
  • Retractable wings
  • Installation hardware
  • Washable filter
  • Quick start guide

The Particulars

  • Cools medium rooms: 350 square feet (~17 x 20 feet)
  • Fits windows 24.5 to 40.5 inches wide x 13.5 inches high
  • Upward airflow increases air circulation
  • Three cooling modes + three fan speeds
  • 8000 BTU, 115 volt, 6.3 amps


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Invented by Dr. Garthen Leslie + 2,238 Influencers

Garthen spent years helping to cut costs and conserve resources at the Department of Energy, but it was his own dysfunctional air conditioner that sparked the idea for Aros. So he dreamt of a smarter air conditioner, then 2,238 community members on Quirky.com helped him make Aros a reality. As you might expect, Garthen is one cool guy. He's decorated with degrees, is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, loves international travel, and boasts a mean coin collection.


Important Information

710 Watts

Bulb Voltage
115 Volts

Customer Reviews

My pre-ordered unit had an issue the blue LED lights never turning off.
Juan Enriquez
Trying to reinvent something like this is not easy and hopefully it will get better with time and as early adopters we have to deal with the kinks.
It's really pretty loud even on the low setting on the high setting it's impossible to hear people or tv over it.
E. ORourke

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199 of 212 people found the following review helpful By mstevens on June 17, 2014
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We pre-ordered 3 of these, which arrived during very cool weather so they sat unused for a month. We excitedly installed them today.

They look great and have some nice features. Unfortunately, they're comically bad as actual air conditioners. Pay attention to the many poor reviews - they didn't exist when we ordered and might have saved us nearly a thousand dollars.

It's loud. I know all the reviews say that, but allow me to repeat: IT'S LOUD! At the lowest setting, it is the loudest A/C I've ever had, going all the way back to 1980 when I was a poor college student and all I could afford were used units from Goodwill. There is no need for a modern appliance to be this loud. The low fan setting would make it challenging to hear a TV or listen to music or conversation. It's hard to imagine using medium or high at all. Even at low, the Eco mode's switching off and on is pretty jarring.

It's bright. I have trouble believing any industrial designer thought an air conditioner needed a display so bright that it allows me to put on hand shadow shows or read 10 feet away in what is otherwise a pitch-black room. I practice sleep medicine, and I'll need to explicitly instruct my patients not to buy these unless they redesign them with a dimming circuit. The bright blue color is especially disruptive. This is not at all appropriate for use in a bedroom. My son's window is very near his bed and he might as well have a spotlight on his head. Even better, as the displayed temperature changes it creates a constant flickering effect. It's so bright that I think I'll need to turn it off before I go to bed in order to get any shut-eye.

Despite the preposterously bright display, it's also fuzzy and indistinct and controls are impossible to see in the dark.
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101 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E Miller on May 7, 2014
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I am returning this product. It looks fine, it cools fine, but it is LOUD. After a recent streak of success with next gen "connected" products that are completely unnecessary but great at the same time, this one has a fatal flaw: It is easily twice as loud as the 25 year old model I was hoping to replace. Given its in my bedroom, the noise is a deal breaker.

The air circulating upwards is a neat concept but in practice has some drawbacks. I understand that cold air falls and hot air rises (ideally an AC goes in a higher position in the wall, which is why any apartment with a permanent AC has it located at eye level or above usually in a permanent fixture in the wall) which is why projecting cold air upwards does make sense on paper. However, the majority of people have curtains which end up in the path of the air flow. Not the biggest issue but I found it slightly annoying to have to position my curtains just so in order to avoid ruffling.

The "wings" on the sides are also disappointing because they do not create a proper seal. They are essentially two plastic rectangles with fabric spanning the open area similar to a solid window shade on a roller pin (like a retractable projector screen). This design leaves gaps in between the fabric and plastic housing, allowing warmer air (or summer flying critters) to enter the room. It's not a huge issue as I am accustomed to cutting cardboard rectangles for each side of my previous AC, but I had hoped for a design at least on par with the plastic accordion style wings I've seen on most air conditioners.

So overall this is not the AC for me. I could see it working in a living room or a larger bedroom.
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122 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Stephan on May 7, 2014
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UPDATE AUG 19 - I have to say I'm kinda annoyed that in 3 months time the price has dropped 123 bucks! Not a great way to reward the early adopters and makes me think this thing is history. Oh well, knocking a star off for that.

UPDATE MAY 13 - It's grown on me. After readjusting my expectations that it was not exactly going to revolutionize the air conditioner and focused on how well it works, I am much happier. It cools really well on the low setting negating my issue with noise. The low setting is pretty powerful, not any louder than other 8000btu A/C units and the higher settings are not really necessary. The app works great for me and the "wings" situation is not the end of the world, yes there are gaps but they are not that huge and can be covered up. And it turns out the airflow blowing up really does help cooling it down faster as well as not blowing in your face like other units when your sit near it. I still think this is best used in a living room and not exactly best for a bedroom. I was on the fence about keeping it at first but now after using it for a few days, I've decided to keep as I think the pros outweigh the cons. It is by far the best looking A/C unit out there.

I ordered this a couple months ago and have been waiting patiently for it as I was quite excited to get an air conditioner that was going to be much better than the typical A/C unit I've always had. I've spent the morning with it and will share what I have learned. Also, this is not my first A/C unit....I have had several over the last 20 years, from Frigidaire to Friedrich, all with their own pros and cons.

First thing, this puppy is loud. Plain and simple. The low setting is bearable but medium and high settings are pretty loud.
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