If we're to maximize our heating and cooling savings in the home (and take a load off the power grid), wireless HVAC control could just be the way to go. Programmable thermostats are great--they let you set the time of the day to heat or cool and help you avoid unnecessary running of the system. But wireless HVAC control systems like Advector System's "SELECT-AIR SYSTEM" take it to another level. It's essentially the HVAC portion of a home automation or home control system, with thermostats that communicate wirelessly. In addition to the "master" thermostat--which controls up to 20 zones--and the individual room wireless thermostats which can replace a light switch, the SELECT-AIR SYSTEM also comes with wireless dampers and airflow registers called the inVENT, which is one of the cooler features to the modern system. The inVENT basically combines an HVAC damper, ceiling register and diffuser into one sleek-looking product that puts those old metal ceiling registers to shame.
Since the system is wireless, it's perfectly suited for a retrofit, which makes it an even more attractive upgrade. Cost for the SELECT-AIR SYSTEM would depend on the size of the house and the energy goals of the users, but according to one company spokesperson an "average" sized system could be installed for around $3,500.
Check out the Advector website to see the other products that make up the complete system.
Sounds great to me! No more rattling metal registers and they look nice. Several times before we list a house we have to replace the old air vents because they look so beat up. As a realtor I think this would be a good selling point when listing a house. Energy efficiency is becoming a big deal to buyers. Anything to help save money on our biggest expense in this Texas Heat.
This looks really great, I would not invest in it because I have not seen very many houses which have ceiling distribution of Heating and Cooling. The majority of systems are floor vents and I did not find a product for these.
Great product - easy for consumers to take initial steps toward a more efficient, greener house. Wireless - retrofit- exactly the things that homeowners tight on cash could immediately benefit from. We need more products like this! Where do I sign up???
Everything is going wireless these days. HVAC contractors in Florida should supply these things. I would imagine that it would be especially useful to have next to your bed to easily change the temp at night.