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Smart vents?

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Erin Holohan Haskell
Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,326
I came across this article about a new smart ventilation system. What do you think?

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  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
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    Not going to work well with a fixed speed blower.
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  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,326
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    Good point. Thanks, @Robert O'Brien.

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  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,652
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    Looks like a rich man's zoning system, possibly with the added benefit of batteries to replace in every room?

    Let's see how it works out for the early adopters. Without concomitant changes to the designs of the central equipment, something like this could easily cause more problems than it fixes.

  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,326
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    @ratio, I know what you mean about the batteries. The specs say "Extended battery-life with Energy Harvesting" but they don't elaborate on that. I agree that it'll be interesting to see where this goes.

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,894
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    Another band-aid for scorched-air. Tear it out and go hydronic!
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  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,573
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    If you think about the high end home that needs AC and a new furnace but has no zones, this is kind of a slick solution. You install a new furnace with an ECM motor and one of these in each room and you have a pretty good band aid.
    The battery's are an issue. Not sure why they don't hide a little anemometer to charge them.
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  • fastd
    fastd Member Posts: 13
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    As has been pointed out, a fixed speed blower would be a problem. Probably need variable speed or a bypass with an adjustable damper. The batteries are problematic: changing batteries in multiple rooms would be a pain. And then, of course, the question arises of cost effectiveness, although it seems designed primarily for comfort. What will it save, and what is the payback period?