US 9,810,446 B2
Control method of terminal device in air conditioning control system with selectable operating mode according to time and charges, and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a program
Naoyuki Harada, Osaka (JP); and Takamitsu Sasaki, Osaka (JP)
Assigned to PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Torrance, CA (US)
Filed by Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America, Torrance, CA (US)
Filed on Apr. 9, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/682,329.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/985,995, filed on Apr. 29, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-140882 (JP), filed on Jul. 8, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0308708 A1, Oct. 29, 2015
Int. Cl. F24F 11/00 (2006.01); F24D 19/10 (2006.01); G06Q 20/08 (2012.01); G05F 1/66 (2006.01); G06Q 50/06 (2012.01)
CPC F24F 11/0086 (2013.01) [F24D 19/1084 (2013.01); F24F 11/006 (2013.01); G05F 1/66 (2013.01); G06Q 20/085 (2013.01); G06Q 50/06 (2013.01); F24F 11/0012 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0047 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0063 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0064 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0072 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0094 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
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1. A method for controlling a terminal device in an air conditioning control system that controls an air conditioner, the air conditioner having a plurality of operating modes to cause a room temperature of a room in which the air conditioner is installed to reach a set temperature of the air conditioner,
the method causing a computer of the terminal device to:
acquire, for each of the plurality of operating modes in a case where the air conditioner is in a stopped state, i) time information indicating a time from when the air conditioner switches from the stopped state to a running state, till the room temperature of the room reaches the set temperature, and ii) first charges information indicating electricity charges corresponding to an amount of electric power consumed by the air conditioner from when the air conditioner switches from the stopped state to the running state, till the room temperature of the room reaches the set temperature;
display a plurality of running buttons corresponding to the plurality of operating modes, in association with the time information and the first charges information corresponding to each of the plurality of running buttons; and
upon detecting selection of one running button corresponding to one operating mode out of the plurality of operating modes, transmit a control command to the air conditioner, to control the air conditioner to run in the one operating mode,
wherein the plurality of operating modes includes
a normal mode, and
an eco mode which consumes less electric power than the normal mode for the room temperature to reach the set temperature, and
wherein in a case where a monetary amount indicated by the first charges information corresponding to the eco mode is smaller than a monetary amount indicated by the first charges information corresponding to the normal mode by a predetermined monetary amount or more, a running button corresponding to the eco mode is displayed.