Beautiful, Innovative, Climate-Friendly HVAC Solutions Designed for Consumer Needs
SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Gradient, a company founded by thermal scientists to rethink HVAC and build products that are good for the planet and great for cooling and heating homes, today announced the development of its first product, a replacement for the window AC. Gradient replaces conventional home air conditioning with a more efficient, space-saving, better-designed solution that keeps homes cool with advanced heat pump technology and a climate-friendly refrigerant. Customers are invited to sign up now for the exclusive beta program on Gradientcomfort.com.
Air conditioning is essential to quality of life and labor productivity, but the basic design of window air conditioners has not changed in 50 years. All too often, the same air conditioning that makes life bearable in hot weather also contributes to exacerbating climate change; heating and cooling systems are responsible for 20% of global CO2 emissions.
“Gradient is on a mission to cool the world by transforming every home to be more comfortable and healthier for the people who inhabit it – without endangering the environment. We believe we can build a better air-conditioning solution for the home as we fight climate change,” said Vince Romanin, CEO of Gradient. “Air conditioning is one of the most essential amenities to keep people comfortable and productive in a warming world, but too many people struggle with outdated window air conditioners that are clunky, noisy, heavy and inefficient. Gradient offers beautiful, intuitive design, a more efficient, tighter, quieter air conditioning and climate-friendly refrigerants. Building a better air conditioner is one of the most effective ways to help people stay comfortable at home while reducing carbon emissions from HVAC systems.”
The Gradient is designed to be easy to install and does not block the view like a traditional window AC unit. It offers the benefits of a professional heat pump system at a fraction of the cost. It can provide cooling and heating all year round and is easy to use via the mobile app.
Founded in 2017, Gradient has raised more than $13 million in venture capital; investors include Ajax Strategies, At One Ventures, Prime Coalition, Incite Ventures, Autodesk Foundation, urban us, Magic Hour and leading Silicon Valley angels. The company has also received more than $9 million in government grants from the United States Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the California Strategic Growth Council.
“Home air conditioning is an underrated aspect of the general conversation about climate change, and we see a great opportunity for Gradient to disrupt the home HVAC space by developing a much-improved, climate-friendly replacement for the traditional window unit AC,” said Milo Werner, Partner with Ajax Strategies. “Millions of Americans need an air conditioning solution, but their options are limited to outdated window and floor units that obstruct their view, make a lot of noise and contribute to climate change. Current technology hasn’t improved in decades. As more people work from home, there is a “Greater consumer interest in getting a quality home air conditioner that actually works. Gradient has a great product and an excellent team thinking creatively about addressing the needs of this market with a beautiful, intuitive, consumer-centric solution.”
Gradient originated from Otherlab, a private R&D lab in lab San Francisco which has used more than $40 million in government grants to incubate hard-tech companies in the manufacturing, energy and robotics industries. The Gradient team, founded by thermal scientists and engineers, flanked by talent from juggernauts like Tesla and Nest, is ideally qualified to solve this problem.
The Gradient solution will be on sale nationwide in the spring of 2022. In the meantime, learn more and sign up for Gradient’s exclusive beta program at GradientComfort.com.
Gradient rethinks HVAC. We build products that are good for the planet and great for keeping your home comfortable, starting with a window AC replacement. Founded by thermal scientists and engineers, Gradient is flanked by talent from juggernauts like Tesla and Nest, all focused on a mission to cool the world. Gradient aims to reduce CO2 emissions from heating and cooling systems, which represent 20% of global emissions. Backed by Otherlab, Gradient has over $9 million in non-dilutive grants and more $13M in venture capital. For more information, visit GradientComfort.com
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