Whether you are a renter or homeowner, you are probably very aware of just how difficult, and expensive, it is to keep your place warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In general, no matter how efficient the design of your heating ad cooling system, it’s likely that there are at least a few warm and cold spots in your home that are resistant to control. A new system from Keen Home, the Smart Vent, promises to eliminate all of this hassle. We are providing a brief overview of this product to help you decide if this latest smart home accessory can truly help to solve this common dilemma.
How the Keen Home Smart Vent System Works
Units promise to be a simple DIY installation that allows users to remove their old, existing vent in their floor, wall or ceiling and drop the new one into the existing space. The Smart Vent uses the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and sensors that monitor pressure and other conditions in your home to allow safe and healthy operation. This technology allows the vents to communicate with one another and control when, and how much to open, so that the air is automatically recirculated in your home. This allows the system to shut off the air flow to rooms that see little use when you are not at home, so that you are not paying to heat or cool a space when you are not present. It also eliminates those troublesome hot and cold spots and improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling system so that it only draws power when it needs to raise or lower the temperature.
By making the system more efficient, the vent not only reduces the users cost of energy, but can reduce wear and tear on their heating and cooling systems which can also reduce the frequency of potentially expensive maintenance and repairs during the life of the system.
The Smart Vent System will ship with its own smart hub that will connect the vents to the Internet so that the vents can exchange information with one another. The system is also compatible with smart home hubs from both Smart Things and the Iris system that is available at Lowes.
The vents feature unobtrusive and impact resistant face covers that are made of a smooth polycarbonate material so that users can paint them to match nearly any color scheme. The face covers attach with magnets and users can easily remove them and pop them into the dishwasher to clean them when the need arises. A premium vent face cover that is made of wood and unfinished is also available so that users can stain the wood to match the rest of their decor.
There are currently four sizes for the vents, which are designed to fit into the most common sizes for duct openings: 4″ x 10″, 4″ x 12″, 6″ x 10″, and 6″ x 12.” The first two sizes of vent will be available for shipping in late summer, with the last two sizes becoming available later in the fall.
Keen Home has already met their pre-order goal for the system, so users will need to wait until the units are released for sale to place new orders. Currently, each unit is expected to cost around $90 each, with a recommended installation of 4 to 8 individual smart vents spaced throughout the home. Once the vents are installed, users will only need to worry about replacing four AA sized batteries every 2 to 3 years for each vent, with users automatically receiving an alert to their smart phone once it’s time to change them.
Regardless of the energy source that is used, the cost of heating and cooling one’s home can pack quite a punch to one’s monthly bank account. While each smart vent is a bit pricey, the savings that users reap with their use easily allows the cost to be recaptured in a few years time, making this a valuable smart home accessory for the budget conscious.
At Digital Landing, we want to help you simplify your life and make things less complicated. Why not tell us in the comments section below what you think about the new smart vent system from Keen Home? Do you think that this is a smart home accessory that can make living in your come less costly and more comfortable?