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Smart AI air conditioners are here with some gotchas

Smart AI air conditioners are here with some gotchas

The connected smart home is fast becoming the norm, wouldn't you agree?

Smart gadgets like light bulbs, smart assistant speakers, thermostats, cameras and door locks arguably make life more convenient.

If you want to make your home cooler, smarter, more eco-friendly and efficient, well, you have to check out these new smart air conditioning units from LG.

Read on and see what puts these air conditioners at the cutting edge of smart home innovation.

LG's new Smart Air Conditioners

LG just launched its new line of "smart" room air conditioners and they have a few nifty next-gen features you can't find on traditional "dumb" AC units.

First off, LG's new units are up to 40 percent more energy efficient due to their dual inverter compressors. This means you can keep your room cool and comfortable while you're cutting down your energy costs.

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With their dual inverter compressors and advanced cooling features, LG's new AC units will actually adjust their speeds to maintain the target temperature level. This means that instead of cycling the compressor On/Off like old-school AC units do, these units will slow down instead, resulting in less power fluctuation and better energy efficiency.

Not only that, these continuous variable-speed compressors also deliver quieter operation (as low as 44 decibels) and reduced CO2 emissions. With LG's unique motor and compressor system, the company claims that these units are as quiet as a library, making them ideal for bedrooms and other areas where noise levels are critical.

Wi-Fi brings the smarts

Aside from their advanced compressors, the new LG AC units also have built-in Wi-Fi, taking them to the next level of "smart home" convenience.

With this connectivity, you can control and monitor these units at home or remotely via LG's SmartThinQ app. For example, you can adjust a room's temperature or turn the units on and off from anywhere so you'll have a comfortably cool home waiting for you each time.

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Not only that, these units are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. With this integration, you can simply use your voice to turn your unit on or off, and even set, lower or raise the temperature. If you ever dreamed of barking orders to your AC, well, now you could.

What about when your Wi-Fi is down? Don't worry, these AC units come with their own remote controls, plus you could always operate them with their on-unit buttons.

Three models are now available

These three LG smart air conditioners are now available at major appliance retailers nationwide:

  • LW1517IVSM: 14,000 BTU model ideal for coverage of areas up to 800 square feet. Suggested retail price is $469.
  • LW1817IVSM: 18,000 BTU model ideal for coverage of areas up to 1,000 square feet. Suggested retail price is $569.
  • LW2217IVSM: 22,000 BTU model ideal for coverage of areas up to 1,300 square feet. Suggested retail price is $669.

A few gotchas

As usual, these always-connected appliances are also susceptible to the same security issues that all smart gadgets have.

Since they can be set up to be always available through the internet, they are vulnerable to hackers and remote attackers.

If security flaws are found and exploited, they can take over and control your AC units without your knowledge. They can even use them as gateways to get a foothold into your home network.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you always have the latest firmware installed on your smart appliances. Don't forget to change the default username and password on your management interface or app too.

Turning your house into a smart home is exciting but be careful! Listen to my Komando On Demand podcast to learn how to watch for the warning signs so technology doesn't take over your home.

Another effective way to protect yourself from Internet-of-Things attacks such as this one is to put your smart appliances on a separate network that's different from your main one.

You can do this by setting up a completely different Wi-Fi router or by simply enabling your router's "Guest Network" option, a popular feature for most routers. Note: Make sure you enable encryption and password-protect your guest network too.

This way, your more critical personal devices, like your personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, are segregated from specific Internet-Of-Things attacks.

Tap or click here to learn more about setting up a separate Wi-Fi network.

Do you have more questions about smart appliances? Call my national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. From buying advice to digital life issues, tap or click here for my free podcasts.

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