I’ve had a Frigidaire air conditioner for a few years but I didn’t know much about it until recently.
The filter reset light had been on for months and I figured it meant I needed to buy a new air filter. I looked around on Amazon for a replacement but I couldn’t find one. Eventually I opened up the front of the A/C and found that I could remove the filter and clean it myself very easily. No need to buy anything. Just clean off the dust when the light comes on.
Next, remote sensing mode. This mode uses the temperature on the remote instead of the one on the unit. There can be a large difference between the two temperatures (sometimes even 10 degrees Fahrenheit) especially if there isn’t a fan circulating the air. The way this mode works is by turning it on or off using the buttons on the remote.
Sleep mode. I never even considered using this until I realized I had no idea what it was. It reminded of sleep mode on TVs where you set an amount of time (30, 60, 90 mins…) and then the TV turns off when the time is up. This isn’t the same. When you activate sleep mode on the Frigidaire, it will maintain the set temperature for 30 minutes. Then it will increase the temperature by 2°F and maintain that temperature for 30 minutes. Then it will increase the temperature again by 2°F and maintain that temperature for 7 hours. After the 7 hours are up it will go back to the original temperature. Inflexible but pretty handy.
I was motivated to write this partly because I can never remember what sleep mode does. Also, it reminded me that many of the things we are using today have not yet been updated to take advantage of modern software and hardware. For instance, a mobile app for your air conditioner would give you much more control and flexibility than the built-in programs. Such an app would probably not improve your life as much as an app that let you send yo to people but it would be pretty neat if your A/C automatically set the temperature down a few degrees when you entered the room and raised it when you left. The other reminder is that there are lots of opportunities and things to improve in everyday life.