Airzone Facilitates Google Nest Thermostats into HVAC Systems

The Airzone Aidoo Pro integrates with the full portfolio of Google Nest thermostats to enable interoperability between smart thermostats, inverter/VRF and popular mini split HVAC units.

MIAMI—HVAC solutions provider Airzone Control has announced the integration between its Airzone Aidoo Pro and the full portfolio of Google Nest thermostats.

This newly announced integration enables bi-directional communication between the inverter/VRF and popular mini split HVAC units, and the integration follows Airzone integration news with the smart home companies Crestron and Lutron.

“Our integration with the Google Nest smart thermostats through Aidoo Pro represents an unprecedented leap forward for our industry,” says Antonio Mediato, founder and CEO of Airzone. “This brings together two of the industry’s fastest growing sectors in a way that was previously thought impossible. With Nest as our valued partner, together we are setting a new standard for the industry and redefining what is possible in the world of HVAC and IoT.”

Airzone Control Product Line Complements Latest Smart Home Trends

Citing smart home industry research, the European-based company says the Inverter/VRF solutions market is expected to reach $31.9 billion by 2025, with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 12.7 % between 2021 and 2025. Citing another study, Airzone says the global smart thermostat market is expanding in parallel and expected to triple by 2028 as more users gravitate towards more user-friendly solutions that provide control over a home’s heating and cooling systems.

The core problem in controlling these system however, stems from these two technologies developing and evolving in isolated environments. Because of the isolation, the manufacturer asserts, these systems fail to communicate complex instructions effectively due to inadequate two-way communication. Airzone notes that without a solution in between, Inverter/VRF and mini split solutions deployed with a smart thermostat are incompatible. The resulting communication breakdown between the two forces the HVAC system to revert back to single-speed operations, undermining the full potential and sophisticated features of the system.

Airzone explains that simplified, smart thermostats and HVAC unit speak different languages. Since Inverter/VRF and mini split HVAC systems are traditionally adjusted by means of their own communication protocol, and the output for the smart thermostat is a dry contact closure, the full picture is never effectively communicated back to the heating/cooling system and critical information is missing. Within this scenario, the smart thermostat is unable to provide information about how hard the system should be working or the deviation from the desired set point temperature. As a result, the system cannot modulate output to precisely match the temperature needs of an environment, and the air handling unit (AHU) becomes forced to operate at maximum capacity, creating inefficiency and discomfort.

Smart Home Product Line Offers a Solution

Stepping up to provide the market a product line to bridge this communication gap, the company states that its Airzone Aidoo Pro is a simple-to-install system add-on that sits between the HVAC system and the Nest smart thermostat and serves as a conduit between the world of HVAC and IoT to preserve Inverter/VRF features, benefits, and functionality while meeting user demand for smart control.

Airzone points out that its exclusive library of manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols enables full bi-directional communication between the Aidoo Pro, the HVAC solution, and the Nest Thermostat or Nest Learning Thermostat. The Aidoo Pro receives smart thermostat data, interprets it, and then sends the appropriate commands to the Inverter/VRF or mini split unit via system specific, manufacturer-certified protocols. The Inverter/VRF solution continues to function at a variable rate, preserving the superior comfort and efficiency of the system.

The company adds that it has spent decades cultivating relationships with the industry’s leading HVAC Inverter/VRF and mini-split manufacturers. The Aidoo Pro has manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols from all leading brands, including Daikin, Fujitsu, Hitachi, LG, Mitsubishi Electric, and Panasonic. Now Airzone boasts with a dedicated integration with Nest, the industry’s most popular smart thermostat solutions can be connected to and properly control Inverter/VRF and mini split HVAC systems using the Aidoo Pro.

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