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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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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.
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.
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
- 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
- Aros air conditioner
- Retractable wings
- Installation hardware
- Washable filter
- Quick start guide
- 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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. This is in part because the user's night vision is wiped out by approaching the unit, but also because the touch controls aren't backlit at all and have no features that allows one to distinguish them by touch. The people with cataracts so severe they actually need a display that bright also need some way to distinguish the up and down buttons!
Temperature control is impressively poor. We've tried all sorts of settings. Irrespective of where we set these, they just seem to do whatever they want. I'm sitting here sweating as I type, 5 feet from a Quirky Aros set to 74F (we usually set window A/C's to 79F). Earlier I was freezing with it set to 82F
They're very inaccurate. The display that supposedly shows room temperature (for example, when it's in fan mode) is often 7-8F lower than the Nest thermostat in the same room or 2 reference thermometers that agree with each other and the Nest. It will occasionally change for no apparent reason and display a temperature that's significantly higher (a degree or two below actual) for a while before returning to much lower than actual temperature.
The filter is inaccessible when the unit is installed. In our installation, which has never caused issues with 4 previous A/C's, the filter that slides out to the side has to be bent quite a bit to clear the wall. I suspect it'll break after a few cleanings.
The app is buggy and strange. It shows what it claims is the current room temperature, but that seems to be permanently stuck at 81. Each time I set a temperature, after a few moments it changes itself by a few degrees. I have to be vigilant and change the temperature 3 times before it will "take". The app might eventually be fixed with a software update. Unfortunately, that won't be possible with the air conditioner itself.
I'm terribly disappointed that I wasted $900 on these very pretty but unusably awful air conditioners. Don't make the same mistake I did. These are only appropriate to install in rooms in which nobody is going to try to sleep, converse, listen to anything, or get cool.
Update 28 August 2015: we mailed all 3 of our units to Quirky for a software update and the LED's do now turn off after a delay.
The app's ability to control the units remains very poor in that the changes (especially temperature) usually changes back by a few degrees until the command is sent a second time. The app does now show the same temperature as the unit, but that remains mostly inaccurate - it can differ from a reference thermometer placed on the unit by 10 degrees.
Our units have been turning themselves back on at random and running even when they have been manually turned off. One did this yesterday when the displayed room temperature was 61 and the set temperature was 75 - there is no good reason why the unit should be running under those circumstances.
One of our units simply does not cool, and never has even after having been sent back to Quirky then returned to us.
There remains no way I would ever buy another one of these or recommend that anyone else do so.
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. The UI is well designed and has potential (most of these smart electronics take a bit of fiddling to make features like geofencing work properly and I imagine most issues that people have right now regarding the smart away function will be resolved in future app updates). The hardware can definitely cool down a room even though (in my opinion) it didn't quite live up to the price tag and fell short of the innovative air conditioner I was expecting.
So in short, I wouldn't get this for a bedroom unless you want to spend the summer telling guests you totally don't mind the white noise. For a larger space it could be an interesting alternative to other air conditioners on the market.
Quirky reached out to me via phone to talk about the product. For those of you concerned with the brightness of the display there is a fix on the way that enables the user to turn it on and off via the app. Also the lack of instructions for the side panels was a manufacturing error (that Quirky isn't too happy about) as they were supposed to be attached already when the unit was delivered. There will be a video posted in the next hour or so with instructions on how to attach them. Lastly it was explained to me that 8000 BTU units are loud ("the unit is no louder or quieter than other 8000 BTU models on the market") and that quirky mainly worked on the interface and appearance but did not redesign the aerodynamics of an 8000 BTU air conditioner. I think it is likely that my previous AC was lower power although I still think it would be very difficult to sleep with the Aros on at any power in your bedroom. Overall I appreciate the willingness of Quirky to address customer concerns and I hope this product succeeds eventually. For now I'm gonna go back to the old fashioned way and head to Sears for a new AC.
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