Save money on your energy bill with these top 4 MyAir features

Known for its cool and wet winters and hot and dry summers, South Africa experiences distinct shifts in the climate depending on the time of the year. In the summer months of November to March, temperatures can be sweltering and the humidity levels are high. Paired with its short heavy rains and thunderstorms, this can result in us South Africans spending huge amounts to heat and cool our homes.

This can lead to larger energy bills and unnecessary costs to cool down your home during these hotter months. So how can you cut down on your household consumption costs? Luckily, there’s smart technology out there that helps reduce your energy bill like our smart air conditioning management system, MyAir. Here’s our pick for the top 4 reasons why MyAir will save you money both now and after the warm weather cools down.

1. Control of multiple air conditioners

There are many reasons for having multiple central systems in your home. Perhaps you live in a larger home with multiple wings? Or perhaps you’re on a smaller block of land and want to avoid noise pollution? Or perhaps you have a granny flat or separate studio attached to the main home? Whatever the reason, there’s an easy solution thanks to MyPlace Africa.

With MyAir, you can control up to 4 ducted centralised units from your MyPlace touchscreen. The units can be different makes as MyAir is compatible with a range of brands and can be located in dependent buildings like a granny flat or studio.

Every unit is displayed on the home screen, so you can see the status of each unit at a glance. You can even turn each one on and off directly from the home screen for tighter control over your air con and energy usage. To unlock the full functionality of each system, simply tap the unit name to display all your options.

2. Scheduling and timers

Not only can MyAir control up to 4 units from the one touchscreen, the units on the MyAir system can also be scheduled to start and stop by entering a “Plan” on the Plans screen.

The scheduling feature allows for any Plan to apply to all units on the MyAir system and can turn them off and on at the designated time. There are 10 Plans available to set and each plan can be run one per day, on any day of the week.

Then for situations where you only want one or some of the units to turn on or off, you can use the timer function for each unit. Keep in mind that setting a time is a once-off event and doesn’t automatically repeat.

3. The MyAir smartphone app

But what happens if you find yourself not at home and are worried that you forgot to turn the air con off before you left? Thanks to the MyAir smartphone app, you don’t have to second guess yourself and stress.

MyAir comes with its own app that turns most smartphones or tablets into wireless remote controls, allowing you to control your homes air conditioning system from anywhere with an internet connection. So whether you’re spending the day at the beach to beat the heat or on a family getaway somewhere a bit cooler, you’ll never have to fear you’ve left the air con on and wait in limbo as the dollars add up.

4. Other energy saving features

Individual Temperature Control (ITC)

With provinces across the country reporting hours and hours of wasted energy each and every day, there’s a need to watch our electricity consumption and the strain it’s putting on our wallets. MyAir’s Individual Temperature Control can ensure you won’t be over air conditioning any of the rooms in your home.

At MyPlace Africa, we understand that not every room in your home is created equal and as a result, there can be huge temperature discrepancies between rooms. Depending on their orientation to the sun and whether they’re upstairs or downstairs are among some of the factors that can affect room temperature.

Our ITC sensors give you individual room temperature control by instructing the system to continually adjust the airflow to maintain your selected temperature. Sensors can be installed in as many rooms as you’d like, either at the time of installation or later on.

Motion Sensors

With South Africa’s unpredictable summer season, we need to watch our energy consumption and the strain it’s putting on our pockets. MyAir’s optional motion sensors, in the rooms of your choice, are a great way to help you save energy without even trying.

Over the course of the day you’ll probably rotate between a few rooms and naturally, you’ll want
the cool air con running in all of them. MyAir’s motion sensors will signal when a room has no motion for 10 minutes, then automatically adjust the room’s target temperature by -1 degree.

If the room still has no motion detected for another 10 minutes, the room’s target temperature is adjusted by a further -1 degree. This small change is enough the reduce the room’s energy usage by up to a hefty 20%. Then, when you re-enter the room it will return to your original target temperature.

Do you want to gain a tighter grasp on your energy usage? Have a chat to MyPlace Africa about installing MyAir in your home today.