Smart technology has made its way to fridges, which can now monitor food storage conditions, change the mode of operation independently, and even run diagnostics to find faults. This is just a small list of possibilities, but not all of these features can come in handy.
Here’s how smart fridges work, what other skills the devices have acquired and how they interact with the smart home system.
Features of Smart Fridges
Smart fridges are models with impressive size and internal volume from 384 liters, which make your life as fantastic as games at PlayAmo help you relax after a long day. They can hold a lot of products, which can be monitored by a smart control system. Advanced smart systems with the greatest number of functions are installed in fridges with a French Door or Side by Side design. In these appliances, the refrigerator and freezer compartments are separated and each is equipped with its own hinged door.
Some models have a built-in display with touch control. With its help, you can adjust the temperature, change the operating modes, record your own recipes, as well as leave messages to your relatives and listen to your favorite music tracks thanks to the built-in speakers. A wide-angle video camera can also be built inside the refrigerator, which will send pictures of food to your smartphone. When you’re in the store, you can look inside the refrigerator and see what you forgot to buy.
Such devices can be connected to the network and added to a smart home system. In some cases, it will allow you to control them remotely using a smartphone through an app. This can be convenient if, for example, the refrigerator does not have a touch screen, but you need to change the temperature inside. Push notifications can also be set up via the mobile app in case the door is accidentally left open. The capabilities of smart fridge software vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but in almost all cases, the mobile app can be used to change the temperature in the working chambers and to turn the fridge on and off.
How Smart Fridges Integrate Into the Smart Home System
A smart home is commonly referred to as an automated network of home devices that perform some of the daily tasks without human involvement. Such a network includes security devices, lighting, climate control, household appliances, ventilation, and heating.
All appliances are connected via wired or wireless communication such as GSM, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and receive commands from the main device. It could be a TV, a smart speaker, or special equipment similar to communicators.
More opportunities are given by control systems through mobile apps. They can be used not only to remotely change the temperature and operating modes but also to receive notifications and all related information about food storage, even photos from cameras.
How the Self-diagnostic Function Works in Smart Fridges
The system reads the readings of all the elements and notifies the owner about the state of operation of the elements, errors, and malfunctions. The algorithm will correct minor errors on its own, but the more serious problems will inform the owner. It is convenient, because it allows fixing the malfunctions, so the repairman will know about them faster.
The advanced diagnostic system of smart refrigerators generates an audible signal to be transmitted to the brand’s support service. You can call the hotline, let the technician listen to it and wait for it to be transcribed, after which he will tell you about the condition of the device and explain what to do.
How the Smart Fridge Maintains Optimal Operation
The organization of the interior of a smart fridge is directly linked to the control program. Each compartment maintains a specific temperature and microclimate. The computer system will tell which products are better to keep in the fresh zone and which to put on the lower shelves and which to put on the upper ones. The system will automatically stabilize the temperature to optimal parameters and inform you if the food is nearing the end of its storage time.
Another advantage is the ability of smart refrigerators to choose the most appropriate mode of energy consumption thanks to energy-saving inverter compressors. For example, if the fridge door is closed for a long time and the temperature inside the refrigerating chamber remains stable, the computer will switch all systems to the economical mode of operation. Considering that the refrigerator remains closed for a long time at night, this function significantly reduces energy consumption.