Review of “iPhone Air Conditioners”


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Earlier this summer, I wrote about Windmill, which I dubbed “the iPhone of air conditioners” because of its sleek and innovative Wi-Fi-capable design. My story took off, as people in their forties in sweat were looking for ways to stay cool and also see costs.

Windmill has a mile-long waiting list – you can order now for next summer – but I finally quit the queue and recently installed the AC window in an Airbnb unit behind our home here in Los Angeles. With no guests during the pandemic, the cottage is now my office / oasis from the headlines, the fires in California and all those masked people roaming like zombies down my street.

Here’s my take on Windmill, from setup to staying cool.

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Before Windmill, the cottage had a portable air conditioner with a window hose. Not really breakthrough technology, but it kept the place cool and our Airbnb customers never complained. The problem was the “visuals”. The machine sat on reels like a super ugly obsolete robot. Plus, the giant hose made him look like a vacuum cleaner trying to escape his cleaning chores.

As soon as the windmill came out of the box I thought, goodbye to the industrial age, hello stylish and chic.

The windmill gets instant smiles with its matte face and rounded corners. You feel like pinching her adorable windswept cheeks. There are no bulky buttons or switches (the auto-dimming LED displays disappear after the unit is turned on) and even the accordion side panels hide behind decorative adhesive cutouts you add after installation.

At 60 pounds and 13.2 inches high by 19.3 wide by 19.4 deep, the windmill is about the size and weight of other units in its class (the windmill has a rating 8,300 BTU’s that cools rooms up to 350 square feet) but there’s something about the 2025 AD look and feel. It’s almost like talking to the hip young grandson about that GE air conditioning giant your dad had you put up in the spare bedroom every spring. Which makes sense because Windmill is co-founded by third-generation AC engineer Ryan Figlia.

My wife and I installed the unit without a single passive-aggressive remark or curse in about 40 minutes. When you turn it on, cute LED digits show you the temperature in the room (it was 86!) You can program Windmill to Fan, Cool or Eco mode and Low, Medium, High or Auto mode, all with a palm-sized remote control that literally lets you Netflix and relax without leaving the couch.

You can connect to WiFi to schedule it when you’re not near the controls, and there’s also an app (naturally) for you to use Windmill from your Android or iOS device. The smart little cooler will also alert you when it’s time to change the filter. You can also program on and off cycles. I like the fact that the windmill blows air upwards rather than directly as it quickly blows the stuffy air overhead and doesn’t make you feel like you have breast disease. legionary.

If I had one small complaint, it’s that Windmill is not silent. I have a decibel meter on my iPhone and it recorded just over 60dB, which is the level for normal conversation. It is certainly not obvious and in no way a breach of agreement. Also, my son recently started playing the trombone, so it’s nice to drown “When the Saints Come in” on a scorching Friday afternoon. But I imagine it could record if you use it in a music studio or some other place where absolute silence is essential.

In about 25 minutes, the atmosphere in the room changed from Equatorial Guinea to roughly Siberia in terms of temperature, and our mood cleared. Zombies might be roaming outside and the news continues to be a disaster, but inside Zen Cottage things are heavenly. The windmill is definitely the coolest thing to happen here during the pandemic.

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Karl M. Bailey