If you are already using Melissa, you are familiar with the main screen of our application, where you can control the main functions of your AC like temperature, modes and fan speed. However, there are some air conditioners that have different functions than other like lower temperature, Plasma function or even Mosquito Away function. Can we control them from Melissa’s App? Well now you can. We called those functions ‘Special Commands’ and you can find them in the ‘Settings’ menu of your Melissa.Here you can learn how to send a special command to your AC.
Can I add a Special Command?
In the ‘Special Commands’ menu you will find a list of commands you can use with your AC. However, if a function you like is missing, doesn’t mean you cannot use it. Now you can add your own Special Commands!It is supper simple and takes less than a minute. You only have to give the new command a name and help Melissa learn it.You can find detailed instructions on how to do this here.
What else can I do with this function?
Except of adding new commands for your AC you can also use this function to add commands for other IR based appliances, for example your TV. The process is the same.
You probably already know that air conditioners have some impact on the environment, but what is it exactly and how could we reduce it?
How is my AC bad for the environment?
The first thing that probably appears in your head is the energy consumed by the air conditioner. There’s no need to mention that unless you are using renewable energy, the more electricity you use the worse it gets for the environment, as well as for your wallet.On the other hand, the refrigerant used in some older models air conditioners could be even more powerful than carbon dioxide in contributing to green house effect.On local level, the hot air pumped out from the air conditioner in the atmosphere could reflect in the so called ‘heat bubles’ that could lead to abnormal weather conditions. However, cars for exampe, contribute much more to such effects than air conditioners.
How could I make my AC more Eco friendly?
The answer is simple. To reduce the negative impact of your AC on the environment start turning your AC when you don’t need it and set it on a low power mode when you are using it.
Use Melissa to help you in your journey to more Eco friendly life.
During the summer your AC doesn’t need to work all day long, so make sure to turn it off before you leave home. Of course, if you forget to do this in the hurry, you can always use Melissa do turn the AC off from distance.Turn it back on 10 to 15 minutes before you get home. When you arrive your home will be cool enough. What’s more is that you don’t have to set your AC on 18℃ to make it cool faster. When the temperature outside is about 30℃, AC working on 23-24℃ in cooling mode would be much better, as it will need less energy to reach and keep such temperature level.Note that sometimes the humidity is what makes you feel hot rather than the actual temperature. In such cases make sure you know how to reduce the humidity using your AC.However, if your pet is at home, or your child is coming back from school, you can’t let them stay in the hot. In this situation you can easily check the current temperature and humidity at home to set your AC at a suitabe mode and temperature.Keep in mind those tips and you will not only become more eco friendly, but you will also reduce your electricity bill.
As you probably know, there are many different types of air conditioners. Some of them are part of a central heating/cooling system and are controlled with a thermostat on the wall. The others (wall-mounted, portable or window ACs are controlled with a remote control.
How does the AC remote control work?
Each button on the remote control handset represents a different function of the air conditioner. When you press a button a light emitting diode sends infrared light pulses to the AC. Those pulses form a unique pattern for the chosen button. The IR receiver in the AC recognises the pattern and the AC changes its function according to the sent signal.The IR signals are invisible to the human eye, but you could see them with a mobile phone’s camera, for example. However, as it is a source of light, the LED should have a direct line of sight to the AC so that the signal could be received. That is why you should point your remote control to the AC, if you want to change the mode.
Melissa 360° IR Signal Reach
As long as there are no obstacles beween Melissa and your AC, you can place our smart controller wherever you like. The angle between Melissa and your AC doesn’t matter, because Melissa’s Infrared signal is sent at 360°.
Melissa vs. Remote control
The IR LED in the remote control is placed on top of the remote, while in Melissa there are three LEDs in the middle of the device. However, that’s not the biggest differenciator?What’s more important is that Melissa’s plastic is made of special meterial that allows IR light to go through in any direction. The remote control sends the IR signal only from its front side.