Call Me Excited: Wireless Vent Registers.

Some folks don’t have central air – meaning that they have individual units which are used in individual rooms to heat/cool the area. This makes it hard to maintain uniform temperatures throughout the building – one room may be warm, another freezing cold. Trust me, I’ve lived in this sort of house.

Temperature drop
Temperature drop (Photo credit: Kansir)

Many of us do have central air (I do) – and boy, is it a nice convenience. Air is pushed out from the air handler all throughout the house via ductwork running through the walls, floors, and ceiling. This helps brings the house closer to a uniform temperature – but anyone who lives in a central air home knows this is still not the case. Whatever floor the air handler is closest to will get more air forced through the vents and b/c heat rises the upstairs will oftentimes be warmer than the downstairs during the summer – and I mean significantly warmer.

There is a way around this small difficulty – multizones. This involves multiple thermostats – one in each “zone” of the house. The air handler then sends air to the zones that need it – and turns off air to those areas when the thermostats indicate the desired temperature has been reached.

Pretty cool – but also pretty expensive. I thought there must be a better way – but no one seemed to know of one. It made sense to me that one could have registers (the vents that air comes out through) which were “intelligent”, using a thermostat in that room that they wirelessly communicated with and then opening or closing the grill of the register based on ¬†whether the idea temperature had been met.

I’ve finally found a company that makes these devices. I haven’t had a chance to try one myself (but they are on my wishlist now!). The company is called inova Products and the product itself is known as Activent. The vents cost $50/ea. and according to the website will pay themselves off within a year. Go take a look for yourself, and if I can get my hands on some, I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts on their actual performance as well.

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