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5 smart home devices and accessories you can find at Home Depot

One of the basic devices of an average smart home is an air conditioner. If you have central heating, smart thermostats can have obvious benefits, but even if you don’t, there are plenty of Wi-Fi-enabled air conditioners that you can control using mobile apps. These Wi-Fi features usually have a fairly minimal price advantage over “dumb” air conditioners, with, depending on sales, “smart” models sometimes costing even less than old-fashioned ones. (Currently, the larger price increase is due to the choice of dual inverter air conditioners, which use less energy).

Finding good smart air conditioners at Home Depot is quite easy because most of the best products from The Wirecutter, The New York Times’ thoroughly researched product review and recommendation site, are available in the chain’s warehouse. (And some of its listings even boast Wirecutter recommendations.) While the site’s most popular product, Midea, appears to be mostly out of stock right now, the same can’t be said for their “also great” products from Frigidaire, Wiatrak, and GE. While the recommended Frigidaire and Windmill models are traditional window air conditioners, the Midea and GE are different shades of newer U-shaped models that reduce noise and allow window access.

All manufacturers have apps, but not all have the same level of integration with smart home hubs like Google Home. If you want to control your air conditioning from Google Home with more available commands than just turning on and off, you’ll need to do some research.