Are you one of the lucky ones that felt this recent heat wave? The beating sun and soaring temperatures were a friendly reminder that summer is nearly here and it’s about to get hot. Amazingly, we’ve gone from sleeping cozied under duvets and blankets with the heat pumping from the radiators to the windows open, fans on high, and taking cold showers. Anything to beat the heat is necessary but, at our house, we don’t have an air conditioner as there isn’t space for it: the windows aren’t large enough for a standard unit and a floor unit will certainly be chewed by the puppy. But Noria may be just the answer I was looking for.
Noria is a smart air conditioner that has been entirely designed with the consumer in mind. Breaking the mold, this incredibly innovative product is sleek and stylish to work in any space whether that’s your home or your office. Best of all, it’s simple to use and manage.
I can remember the massive and clunky air conditioning units we had in our house when I was a kid. Protruding both on the inside and outside of our house, they were loud and obnoxious. Noria couldn’t be more different. Although it also uses window space, this unit is just 5.6 inches tall so you can retain the precious sunlight while still cooling down. Thanks to the fan-style adapter piece, it’s also compatible with windows 21 inches to 36 inches wide. This low profile is complemented by a severe lack of noise so you can relax coolly and soundly.
The front of Noria looks like nothing you’ve seen on an air conditioner before. The sleek black face has a single round dial on the right side to adjust the temperature. Simply rotate to your desired temperature setting and that’s it. No need to worry about fan speed, humidity, or anything else superfluous to cooling down. The lights will illuminate according to your temperature setting and these lights also automatically dim to night mode when it’s time to sleep.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what makes Noria smart. This A/C unit actually uses Bluetooth to sync to your smartphone so you can set a schedule and even adjust the temperature with ease. Additionally, Noria has a special fan direction system that pumps cool adequately throughout the room. Unlike traditional A/C units, the fan on Noria faces upwards, forcing the cool, conditioned air to the ceiling. As we all know, hot air rises which then pushes the cool air back down, hitting each part of the room.
Noria also allows you to retain the use of your window with Fresh Air Mode. When the weather suits, this mode turns off the compressor to allow the fresh outside air to filter in while the built in thermostat ensures you don’t get too cold at night.
Live on Kickstarter until June 4th, the Noria team have raised an impressive $505k, obliterating the original $250k goal. Noria will retail for $400 but you can still reserve yours for just $299 with the Cool Package or receive two units with the Frosty Package for $549. The units will ship in April 2017.