Southwest HVAC News
Wireless HVAC Vent Receives SmartThings Approval.
Controls of Clearwater Florida, a manufacturer of Home Automation
Devices, has received the "Works with SmartThings" stamp of approval
for its EV100 series of Z-Wave HVAC vents. A basic configuration of
EcoNet's wireless vents and a SmartThings controller adds
convenience and improved HVAC comfort and efficiency to the standard
home. The EV100 joins a growing list of IOT devices that are
compatible with SmartThings.
Although the EV100 is certified by the Z-Wave Alliance, it is a
unique device that currently does not fit into any of the standard
device categories. Because of this, changes were required in the way
it communicates to the SmartThings controller. As an official
partner, EcoNet worked closely with SmartThings in creating a custom
driver for the EV100.
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The EV100 works with
most standard Z-Wave controllers but it works especially well
with SmartThings. A custom vent graphic was added to the list of
icons and a standard "Virtual Thermostat" application can
directly control the vent based on room temperature. Other
features include a battery level indicator and a history of
activity when the vent was opened, closed or set somewhere in
The simplest way to control the EV100 vents to reduce energy
cost is a scheduling configuration that opens and closes the
vents based on the family's standard routines. A good example
would be to close the bedroom vents during the day when the
family is out at school and work and opening them again a couple
hours before bedtime. The vents can also be automatically
controlled, with added sensors, based on individual room
temperature or occupancy. Pre-configured kits are available that
include the 3 or more vents, the SmartThings HUB/App along with
the required temperature and occupancy sensors.
EcoNet's HVAC Vents/Registers are direct replacements for vents
in the standard North American home that uses a forced air
system. Installation and setup is simple and takes only a few
minutes. The vents are available in several sizes and styles. A
properly configured system can reduce HVAC cost from 10% to 20%.
Any smartphone, tablet or computer can be used to setup, control
and manage the opening and closing of the vents, from anywhere
internet access is available.
EcoNet Controls, a division of ICI Controls, Inc., was formed in
1993. EcoNet Controls designs and manufactures wireless
automation products with a focus on energy management and "Soft
SmartThings, a Samsung company, is building an open platform for
smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things.