Whirlpool Corporation is expanding its smart home appliance ecosystem this year with a collaboration with Honeywell. Consumers will now be able to connect smart appliances from Whirlpool Corporation to Honeywell’s line of connected thermostats, allowing for remote management of their appliance operating modes and energy outputs, the company said.
Connection capabilities between Whirlpool Corporation appliances and Honeywell thermostats will be available in 2018 on more than 25 Whirlpool brand appliances. Functionalities will include: auto-adjustment to “away” mode on appliances when Honeywell geofencing technology detects a consumer is away from home; ability to delay appliance cycles like dishwashing until the consumer is detected via the Honeywell thermostat app to be away from home; and managing the temperature of the home based on appliance cycles.
“This collaboration with Honeywell is another example of how Whirlpool Corporation is working to make the connected home a reality, with functionalities that are both convenient and purposeful for our consumers,” said Brett Dibkey, Whirlpool Corporation vice president, brand and strategy in North America. “The capabilities made possible through this collaboration will help homeowners take the guesswork out of home appliance energy management while they’re away, and bring peace of mind that their appliances are operating according to their personal preference.”
The capabilities will roll out across brands in the Whirlpool Corporation portfolio throughout 2018.