Smart vents could cut heating and cooling run time by 30% (video)

Smart vents could cut heating and cooling run time by 30% (video)

There's still time to fund development of a connected vent system that can reduce the amount of time central heating and cooling systems operate by 30 percent and maintain the same temperature.

Keen Home is raising funds on Indiegogo through May 29, 2013, to produce a system of smart heating and cooling vents that can be controlled through a smart phone. The idea is to channel treated air where it needs to go, and away from rooms where it may be wasted.

Keen Home is the brainchild of Ryan Fant and Nayeem Hussain, both of whom have experience in the home real estate and property-management space. The founders believe their product appeals to consumers who want both more convenience in managing their home’s HVAC systems, and who want to save money and conserve energy.

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Keen Vents are primarily installed in over-conditioned rooms and automatically open and close in response to specific details of a user’s home and lifestyle—effectively reducing a home’s square footage that needs to be conditioned at that time. The average single family home will need a Keen Vent System (made up of 4 Keen Vents) to optimize their existing HVAC system.

During testing, the company found that by closing four vents in an average-sized home, they reduced the run time of the furnace by about 30 percent.With these efficiency gains, the Keen Vent System pays for itself in the first year of operation.

Anyone with a home Internet connection and a central heating or cooling system can benefit from the Keen Vent, which will be sold in four standard sizes: 4”x10”, 4”x12”, 6”x10”, and 6”x12”. The vent will be made from paintable polycarbonate composite.

To avoid damage to the HVAC fan, only one third of all vents in a home should be Keen Vents. In addition to networked vents, we will also sell non-networked faceplates to allow customers to coordinate all vents in their home. These will be user-installed the same way as networked Keen Vents.

Vent usage information is measured and maintained in the cloud, allowing our proprietary Keen Home software to use customer data to adjust vent schedules according to changing temperatures both inside and outside a user’s home.

To avoid damage to the HVAC fan, only one third of all vents in a home should be Keen Vents. In addition to networked vents, we will also sell non-networked faceplates to allow customers to coordinate all vents in their home. These will be user-installed the same way as networked Keen Vents.

Vent usage information is measured and maintained in the cloud, allowing our proprietary Keen Home software to use customer data to adjust vent schedules according to changing temperatures both inside and outside a user’s home.

Read more about energy-efficient heating and cooling.


Topics: Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Heating & Cooling


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