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EcoNet's IOT Wireless HVAC Vent Receives SmartThings Approval.


EcoNet 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 between.

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 Security."

SmartThings, a Samsung company, is building an open platform for smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things.

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