BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation is expanding its smart home appliance ecosystem this year with the announcement of 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 capabilities will roll out across brands in the Whirlpool Corporation portfolio throughout 2018.
"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."
Connection capabilities between Whirlpool Corporation appliances and Honeywell thermostats will be available in 2018 on more than 25 Whirlpool brand appliances. Functionalities will include**:
- Opportunity for 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
- Managing the temperature of the home based on appliance cycles
"We're pleased to be collaborating with Whirlpool Corporation to help consumers keep their homes comfortable, secure and operating more efficiently," said Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager, connected homes, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. "This integration with Whirlpool, a leader in the home appliance space, allows us to continue to offer homeowners an even easier, more seamless opportunity to make smarter decisions, specifically as it relates to energy use."
Announced this week at CES 2018, this collaboration further underscores Whirlpool Corporation's dedication to understanding what consumers truly desire for the smart home of today and tomorrow, and to bringing the best capabilities and functionalities to its connected appliances.
From January 9-12, CES® attendees can get up close to all Whirlpool brand innovations at booth #41725 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center. For more information on the company's care-centric product innovations and to join the conversation, visit ces.whirlpool.com and follow #CareSmarter. For more information on Honeywell's full line of connected home products including thermostats, doorbells, security systems and other home comfort products, go to https://yourhome.honeywell.com.
*WiFi & App required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy statement, visit whirlpool.com/connect.
**Thermostat may not immediately detect that consumer is away.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.
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