Startups and appliance giants alike are racing to make residential HVAC systems smarter. First came the thermostat, and now, there are multiple smart vents hitting the market.
One example is the smart vent by Keen, which comes $80 a vent on top of initial kit and a bridge to connect vents to a wi-fi network, which is $120.
“They have sensors that detect both occupancy and temperature and communicate that back to a hub,” Fortune reporter Stacey Higginbotham reports. “From there, the system runs algorithms to determine whether or not the room should be cooled or heated. You can also control the temps of a group of vents from the app on your smartphone.”
Other companies manufacturing similar products are Ecovent and Emerson.