As summer months approach and people across the country shelter at home, it is more important than ever for AC units to function properly – especially where social distancing efforts make in-home repairs increasingly difficult. SmartAC.com has officially launched with $10 million in funding for its air conditioning and heating (HVAC) health platform that digitizes the experience of AC ownership by monitoring temperatures, airflow, air filter life, and drain lines.
Powered by machine learning, the SmartAC.com platform enables a proactive approach to HVAC monitoring, notifying users of a potential breakdown before it occurs.
SmartAC.com is launching at a discount with a membership fee of just $5 per month and hardware bundles starting at $99. Membership includes a lifetime warranty on the hardware, daily HVAC health checks, discounted air filters, active water leak monitoring to enable home insurance discounts, and live chat with HVAC technicians in the app. The platform is available today at SmartAC.com.
“Over 70 million homes have central air in the U.S., making indoor comfort a regular way of life. People don’t often think about their HVAC systems, taking it for granted, until the day the AC or heat goes out. These systems require regular upkeep, and when they aren’t maintained, costs can get out of hand. SmartAC.com’s offer is simple; we care about your AC so you don’t have to,” said Josh Teekell, CEO and founder of SmartAC.com. “Our proactive approach offers homeowners the opportunity to save thousands in repairs and energy over the lifespan of their system. None of us would own a car without a dashboard; we’re that dashboard for your AC.”
The SmartAC.com hardware setup takes just five minutes, with magnetic sensors enabling a simple DIY installation. The sensors are compatible with all HVAC equipment and thermostat manufacturers, including smart thermostats like Nest and Ecobee, and enable professional monitoring and daily system health checks with more than 50,000 temperature and airflow readings. This data set, when coupled with machine learning, enables SmartAC.com to alert users when problems occur and also predict when the system is headed for a serious breakdown. The company even offers a Comfort Guarantee in support of these claims, granting users a year of free service if an unpredicted breakdown occurs when the SmartAC.com platform is installed.
While empowering consumers is the company’s primary focus, SmartAC.com is also partnering with HVAC service providers. One of the company’s HVAC partners, David Lewis of Mission AC, stated: “SmartAC.com is a total game-changer. Our clients love the additional transparency and the technology allows us to improve our service speed and quality because, for the first time, we have real-time data on the systems we service.”
The system includes the Comfort Sensor, the Filter Sensor, the Water Sensor, and the SmartAC.com Hub. Comfort Sensor monitors the temperature of the air coming from your vents during each heating or cooling cycle allowing performance to be compared to manufacturer’s specs. The Filter Sensor tracks the lifespan of your air filters by monitoring pressure and airflow changes over time, alerting you when they need to be changed. Forgetting to change your air filter is one of the most common causes of failure and leads to increased energy consumption and poor air quality.
The Water Sensor guards against leaks and clogs in AC drain lines that can cause major damage to the home. Additional water sensors can be added if users wish to extend coverage to other home appliances. Finally, the SmartAC.com Hub sends the sensor data to the cloud so the SmartAC.com app can deliver valuable intel and recommendations to help users reduce their overall AC costs.
“The average AC replacement cost is $7,500 – an expense that can be a huge burden on homeowners. Caring for these assets is inconvenient and oftentimes confusing, resulting in 80 percent of homeowners skipping the recommended maintenance on their AC systems,” said Andrew Fuselier, SmartAC.com’s COO. “It’s time to digitize the AC ownership experience to solve a decades old problem. SmartAC.com was formed in stealth mode with feedback from thousands of homeowners, so we’re thrilled to finally show the world what we’ve built.”