Midea Group. has filed a patent for a method to control an air conditioner’s outdoor unit. The method involves obtaining environment temperatures, operating the unit, and adjusting based on real-time temperature data from a cloud server. GlobalData’s report on Midea Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Midea Group, Smart climate control systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Midea Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Temperature-based control method for air conditioner outdoor unit

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Midea Group Co Ltd

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20240027091A1) outlines a method for controlling an outdoor unit of an air conditioner. The method involves obtaining the temperature of the environment where the outdoor unit is located, operating the unit for a predetermined duration, reading real-time temperature data from a cloud server, and adjusting the unit's operation based on temperature differences. Additionally, the method includes transmitting heat dissipation prompt information to a user terminal based on temperature variations. The patent also details how the outdoor unit switches between cooling and heating modes based on temperature ranges and differences.

Furthermore, the patent describes an apparatus and an air conditioner incorporating the method for controlling the outdoor unit. It also includes a computer-readable storage medium storing a program that, when executed, performs operations related to monitoring and adjusting the outdoor unit's operation based on environmental temperatures. The program can also transmit heat dissipation prompts to user terminals and switch the unit between cooling and heating modes based on predefined temperature ranges. Overall, the patent presents a comprehensive system for efficiently managing the operation of an air conditioner's outdoor unit based on real-time environmental data obtained from a cloud server, enhancing user comfort and energy efficiency.

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