Sensibo Sky Review | Bring your Old Air Conditioner into the Future
Autumn in Sydney is a great time of the year. The days are bright, sunny and still warm and the nights are cool but not freezing. But make no mistake, winter is coming (and hopefully the next season of GOT soon). The colder temperatures are starting to sneak in and soon enough, it’ll be dark before you arrive home from work. No matter how well insulated your place is, I’m sure it can still sometimes get a bit nippy in the winter especially when there hasn’t been any heating on for the whole day.
On a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing better than coming back to a nice warm home. But you don’t want to keep the air conditioner on all day just for that privilege. To achieve this you can either hope that someone gets home before you or wrestle with the antiquated air conditioner remote to set the timer to turn on. There is, however, a third option, something that we had found really useful for those hot summer days that have just gone by – enter the Sensibo Sky.
Sensibo Sky transforms existing air conditioning units into modern-day smart devices. It allows you to control your air conditioner from anywhere in the world and perform such functions as setting the temperature, changing the fan speed and air flow, and even scheduling a timetable for activation. The device works by using infrared technology (IR), the same technology used in most remote controls around the home.
Sensibo Sky has a lightweight compact design and is powered via a micro-USB cable. The device can be either mounted on a wall or simply placed on a table top as long as it has a direct line-of-sight to the air conditioning unit that it’s paired to. The line-of-sight is a limitation of the IR technology. Sensibo is compatible with almost any air conditioning unit as long as it uses a remote. You’ll need one Sensibo device for each air conditioning unit as it can’t control multiple air conditioners.
Installation is as simple as downloading the Sensibo App (available on Android and iOS) and letting it walk you through what to do. The setup process is actually very simple and quick, basically, it consists of connecting to Sensibo unit, telling it your Wifi password and then using the remote to tell it how to speak to the air conditioner. The app is where all the magic happens. Once your air conditioner and Sensibo are paired via the app, you can use the app to turn on or off your connected air conditioner, adjust the fan speed, temperature and humidity.
If you have a regular home schedule, you can use the app’s seven-day scheduling feature to plan ahead for the week so that your home is always at the right temperature for when you or your housemates are around. It also ensures that it is off when no one is home, saving money on electricity bills in the long run.
Another thing that’s great about the Sensibo is the automatic controls. You can set a geofence around the home so that when you enter the set radius, Sensibo knows that you’re on your way home and will automatically turn on to start pre-conditioning the room. On your way out, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn off the air conditioner again as it can also sense that and do it for you automatically.
Above all, one of the most useful of the features is the very basic on/off timer. You can do this with a tap and a virtual dial set on the app while on the actual remote control, it would take at least a good agonising minute to set.
Apart from all the fancy things it can do, it has a built-in temperature and humidity sensor which is actually pretty handy as well.
Sensibo Sky is a clever device that can make your life just a little bit more comfortable. Our only gripe about this latest version of the Sensibo is that it has to be connected to a power supply rather than run off a rechargeable battery. A battery supply would have made a huge difference to where you could attach the unit and also not have that unsightly cable hanging down the wall. It retails for around $149 USD ($195 AUD) which isn’t cheap but they do sometimes go on sale. At the moment it’s $99 USD ($130 AUD) which makes it more justifiable.
The Sensibo Sky is one of those devices that you never knew you needed until you have used it for the first time. The summer just passed was a scorcher and using it to arrive home to a refreshing 20 degrees while it was a flaming 38 degrees outside, was priceless.