Figuring out how to cool down a space can feel impossible sometimes. Do you want to try using a Coolbot in your home but have no idea what air conditioners will be compatible with it? Well, we've done extensive research and have all of the answers here for you. Let's get right into it.
If you want to use a Coolbot system, stick with air conditioner brands like LG, Mitsubishi, and Fujitsu. Of these three, LG air conditioners tend to work best alongside Coolbot, as they are most compatible.
That said, regardless of the brand you go with, your AC system must have a digital temperature display and automatic restart, which Coolbot requires.
As we begin, we will cover all things Coolbot and discuss which air conditioner units work with it. Whether you're creating an at-home wine cellar or need a new idea for a commercial space, we're here to offer some help. With that said, let's dive right into this topic!
Will Any Air Conditioner Work With Coolbot?
No. Unfortunately, not all air conditioning units will be able to connect to Coolbot. Specifically, central, RV, or roof-mount-typed air conditioners won't connect to a Coolbot system.
As we said, brands like LG, Mitsubishi, and Fujitsu are all great choices for Coolbot, so try to stick with those. These brands feature the required technology that Coolbot requires, including digital display and automatic reset.
That said, if you don't want to choose from the three brands listed, you can always reach out to Coolbot directly with questions about your current system's compatibility.
Can You Use A Portable AC With Coolbot?
For the most part, you won't be able to connect a portable AC system to Coolbot.
However, if your portable system has a dual hose design, can adjust to temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and comes from the Whynter brand, you may be in luck.
Considering that many portable AC units won't have these features/capabilities, it's not likely your non-Whynter system will work with Coolbot, so keep that in mind.
The same goes for portable "RV" style air conditioners, so if that is your system, chances are it's not compatible with Coolbot.
Do Mini-Splits Work With CoolBot?
According to their website, mini-split AC systems will work with Coolbot. The same goes for window units, so that's good news for anyone that falls into those two categories.
That said, the brand does recommend checking the compatibility and size of your AC before using a Coolbot system, so make sure to do that beforehand.
Furthermore, many mini-split air conditioners have more than one secondary sensor, so Coolbot recommends keeping yours at around 44 degrees.
Does Coolbot Work With Frigidaire?
Yes, if you have a Frigidaire AC, you should be able to use it with Coolbot. The same goes for Haier, Danby, and GE.
However, not all AC models these brands offer work alongside Coolbot, so check with the manufacturer before installing.
It's also a good idea to check the instructions that come with your Coolbot, which will include dimension and technical requirements to pair with your air conditioner.
How Does A Coolbot Work?
For those still unsure of how a Coolbot works, this is pretty simple. Coolbot essentially works to cool down a well-insulated room and turn it into a walk-in cooler.
This can come in handy for at-home food freezing or wine cellars, which explains the Coolbot's popularity. One of the interesting benefits of using Coolbot is that it can make a space cold enough to be a walk-in cooler while using much less power than a traditional setup.
Coolbot works by harnessing the traditional power of an AC unit while using more technology and requiring far less energy usage. This can be beneficial for those wanting a greener home/business, all while saving you a bit of money each month.
Will A Coolbot Work As A Freezer?
Although it will cool a space down, a Coolbot system isn't the same as a traditional freezer. Figuring that a Coolbot won't reach below freezing temperatures, you can't use it in place of an actual freezer.
Typically, Coolbot can get down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit on its coldest setting, which, although chilly, isn't quite cold enough to be considered a freezer alternative.
Instead, think of the Coolbot as a way to create a walk-in cooler, in which you can safely store things that don't need to be necessarily frozen.
Is Coolbot Expensive?
Purchasing a Coolbot shouldn't be too expensive. Considering that buying a Coolbot will cost between $350 and $400, choosing to install one won't break the bank.
Generally, installing and creating a traditional walk-in cooler can cost upwards of $10,000, so purchasing a $400 system to use with your air conditioner doesn't seem too bad.
Again, this estimate doesn't include labor or installation if you choose to hire someone to do it, so that's another cost to consider. Furthermore, you can typically expect to pay around $750 to have a professional install your Coolbot, which is still far more affordable than going the traditional route.
How Much Does It Cost To Run A Coolbot?
Although this will be different for everyone, a Coolbot essentially costs $10 per day to run. Again, this will vary depending on the size and temperature of your space.
For example, if you have a smaller walk-in wine cellar and keep it at 60 degrees, you won't be paying as much as someone cooling a larger room down to 35 degrees.
Your monthly operational costs can also depend on the climate where you live. If you're somewhere tropical and warm, your Coolbot and AC will need to work harder than one in colder weather.
Regardless, using a Coolbot will be much cheaper than a traditional walk-in setup, so we recommend trying it if you want to save some money.
Is Installing A Coolbot Hard?
Surprisingly, a Coolbot won't be too hard to install. Coolbot's website offers plenty of video tutorials, as well as detailed guides to the installation process, so any skill level can do this.
As we said, you can also hire someone to do this for you, but expect to spend around $750. Again, it's better to have a professional do this if you aren't 100% comfortable, as you don't want to damage your existing AC unit or new Coolbot system.
How Do You Install A Coolbot?
This shouldn't be too tricky for those wanting to install their Coolbot themselves. To begin:
- Locate all of the parts to your Coolbot.
- Mount your Coolbot using the included screws alongside your AC.
- Locate the temperature sensor on your air conditioner.
- Uninstall the sensor from your AC unit.
- Find and lay the red heater sensor and AC sensor beside each other.
- Wrap them together in the provided aluminum foil.
- Plug the 'heater' cable into the 'heater' jack in your Coolbot.
- Create a small hole toward the bottom of your AC's fins.
- Slide the blue cable sensor into this new hole.
- Rout this temperature cable and plug it into the 'fins' jack on your Coolbot.
- Plug the second temperature sensor into the 'room' jack on your Coolbot.
- Plug the power supply cable into the 'power' jack on your Coolbot.
- Organize these cables using zip or twist ties.
- Remove and discard the supplied filter from your AC.
- Place the cover to your air conditioner back on.
- Plug your Coolbot's power supply into an electrical outlet.
- Adjust the temperature on your Coolbot, and you're done!
Please note every air conditioner unit will be slightly different, so make sure to follow your system's instructions while removing its front panel and filter.
Coolbot Installation Tutorial
Here is a helpful video tutorial from Coolbot's official ">YouTube channel. This video dives into the basics of installing a Coolbot system and gives useful insight into pairing one with your existing AC unit.
How Long Will A Coolbot Last?
You can typically expect a Coolbot to last you about ten years. Most times, a Coolbot system will have a similar lifespan to your air conditioner, so you shouldn't have to replace it often.
However, this can depend on how well you maintain your Coolbot and if you install it correctly. Luckily, Coolbot does offer a one-year warranty (which you can double here), so that's good to know.
Again, it's always a good idea to register your Coolbot on their official website, so if/when a problem happens, you know you're able to get help.
Is Using A Coolbot Worth It?
Overall, we would agree that using a Coolbot is worth it. Considering its relatively low upfront costs and energy-saving design, the Coolbot system is certainly worth checking out.
On top of that, Coolbot prides itself on customer service, which is always important. Again, that's not to say Coolbot is flaw-free, but we think giving one a try for your walk-in cooler can be a great way to save money.
To Wrap It All Up
Whether you have a Coolbot or want to get one, it is essential to figure out what AC it will work with. From what we found, brands like LG, Mitsubishi, and Fujitsu will all be compatible with Coolbot.
Of the three listed, LG seems to work the best alongside Coolbot technology, so that's our recommendation. Again, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to Coolbot with your air conditioner's model and brand, and they will be able to help.
Regardless, make sure to follow your Coolbot and AC's instructions during the installation, and don't be afraid to hire a professional if you aren't 100% comfortable.
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