Air conditioner/ heater combo with SmartThings (UK)

Hey all

Just looking for anyone with any experience or knowledge in this area as to what works and doesn’t work for the UK market.

Looking at a single unit for external office. Happy to buy something with external and internal unit (pay someone to install)

Want to make sure it works ok with ST and the new app. Any project anyone has done /feedback

Thanks

Depends on what you’re trying to do. The simplest being you can buy an portable A/C, Heater and temperature sensor and hook it up to a SmartPlug which can all then be managed by a compatible Thermostat SmartApp to control the temperature in the room.

Or are you looking for a A/C / Heater which can natively be integrated into SmartThings, your options here will be a lot fewer.

I would go for a split system. I use Sensibo with mine in Spain and it works great with both ST and Alexa.

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What AC unit do you have?

How does Sensibo work with ST

Most A/C units use IR for control. Get yourself a Logitech harmony hub (currently £49.99 on Amazon) which integrates with Smartthings and then use this to trigger heating/cooling activities. That’s what I do with my LG ArtCool split system.

@Neil_McRae
As mentioned by @Shinedown78 most AC systems use IR remotes for control. They can be therefore controlled by Logitech Harmony which has integration with Smartthings although I am a little dubious about how much AC specific control this would expose.

All the various ‘smart’ systems for controlling AC systems that I am aware including Tado Smart AC, Sensibo, AirPatrol and AmbiClimate also use IR to control the AC system. Some of these can be used with Smartthings either via apps or IFTTT.

However another approach is specific for the Daikin range of AC systems. Many of these support a Daikin module for controlling their AC unit via their app over WiFi. There is a matching user contributed Smartthings app.


Since this is a direct link it would in theory be more reliable and allow some bi-directional reporting like its own temperature setting.

Disappointingly Daikin have not progressed their WiFi controller further to have official integration with any smart home platforms other than IFTTT. I would have liked to see them add HomeKit and official Smartthings support amongst others.

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