Keen Vent Controls


(Scott Bell) #1

I have Keen Vents throughout my two story house and the bridges just suck. I am wanting to connect them to a Smartthings hub and Ecobee 4 with the Ecobee sensor in every room. What options do I have in terms of apps?


(Yves Racine) #2

Hi,

There are few options out there: some users with basic needs use smart Lighting, others webCore, but if you have spent hundreds of dollars for the vents & your ecobee4, don’t you want to have the most powerful option to orchestrate your ecobee4 in conjunction with your vents?

With my zoned heating/cooling smartapps, you can even create your own virtual zone devices for easier control of your vents:

The whole workflow and smartapps that I created are based on the concepts of rooms/zones/schedules. There is no other options out there that can leverage your ecobee4’s climate settings and your vents with proportional control.

  • Ability to create zones inside your home (ex. upstairs bedrooms, basement, ground floor). A zone is composed of 1 to many rooms (in some other apps, a zone is only one room which is not flexible).

  • Ability to create schedules so that the above zones are active only during a specific period of the day

     For example: at nights, the airflow shall be directed only to the upstairs bedrooms; during the
     day, the airflow shall be directed towards the ground floor and the basement, but not the upstairs bedrooms).
    
  • Ability to control the vent proportionally based on each room’s temp differential to the thermosat’s setpoints

  • The smartapps include many safeguards to avoid closing too many vents which is detrimental to your HVAC if the static pressure is too high.

  • With my zoned heating/cooling smartapps, you can also use any ST connected sensors (temp/motion/contact/presence) to control the vents, you don’t need to use the ecobee’s proprietary ones which have limited motion capabilities.

  • Ability to use contact sensors (for doors and windows) to control the vents.

  • Ability to set the thermostat’s setpoints to achieve best comfort and energy efficiency during a schedule run. You don’t need to control your setpoints in yet another app, everything is done in one smartapp.

  • Ability to run schedules based on the ST hello modes (Night, Away, Home, any custom ones)

  • Ability to do avg temp (or median/min/max) calculations of any ST connected remote sensors and set the thermostat to away or present

  • Ability to trigger alternative cooling based on outdoor temp threshold

And, many more features, refer to

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=EcobeeSetZoneWithSchedule#Supported_Features

For the UI look and feel, refer to

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=EcobeeSetZoneWithSchedule#Look_.26_Feel

Finally, there are many testimonials under my threads:


Regards.