Now owners of smart homes can add remote-controlled HVAC vents to their list of Z-Wave-enabled devices. EcoNet Controls of Clearwater, FL, a manufacturer of home automation products, has completed the certification process for its series of wireless vents.
The EV100 vent/register is officially Z-Wave certified and has been added to the growing list of Z-Wave devices recognized by the Z-Wave Alliance.
Bulogics Inc. of Philadelphia, PA, an independent wireless automation engineering and design company, certified EcoNet’s EV100 Z-Wave vent.
The EV100 series of Z-Vents are direct replacements for standard home forced air vents and are available in several sizes, and in two colors. These wireless-controlled, battery-powered vents make energy management, and energy savings, simple and affordable, the company says. Any computer or smart phone can be used to control and manage the opening and closing of the vents, from anywhere that internet access is available.
When used with a standard Z-Wave home automation system, the wireless Z-Vent allows direct control of heating or AC airflow to specific rooms in a home. When properly configured, the Z-Vent Energy Management System can reduce energy cost by 10 to 20 percent, according to EcoNet.
Configuration options include the combination of occupancy schedules, activity sensors and temperature sensors. An example of an energy saving configuration would limit forced airflow in unoccupied rooms on a schedule. The bedroom airflow would automatically cut off when the room is empty during the day and the living area of home would have full airflow. The reverse vent control schedule would apply overnight when the bedrooms where occupied. As well as open and closed positions, the vents can be partially opened or closed with settings of 10 to 90 percent, allowing even distribution airflow in problem areas of the home.