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Uber to Offer NYC Air Conditioners On Demand

May 30, 2014

If you live in New York City, odds are good that at some point this summer you’ll be fanning yourself in your sweltering, air conditioning-less apartment, wondering how on earth a city that can get so cold can possibly get so hot and hating whoever it was that decided most apartments in the city don’t need air conditioners.

Uber, GE and a company called Quirky have a solution for you: air conditioners on demand.

For a cool $300, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the weekends of May 31, June 7 and June 14, Uber will deliver a Quirky and GE-manufactured Aros smart air conditioner to your door—“Even if you live in a six-floor walk-up,” Uber says, which is nice.

The downside is that you’ll be responsible for installing the window unit yourself. But once it's in, the Aros learns your habits, monitors energy usage, and suggests ways to conserve power.

To unlock the feature in Uber just type “UberCOOL” into the promotion bar. Then text all your friends “BYOB” with your address attached, sit back and watch your apartment become the coolest joint in town.

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