I’m sure I’m not the only one to think of this, but by using a smart vent and a temp sensor in a room or area, you can put together a poor man’s version of a zoned HVAC system for a pittance, compared to what the HVAC people charge (thousands on thousands).
I’ve seen some discussion here about both the EcoVents and the Vent-Misers, and I see that ST is saying hold off on the EcoVents right now until a hub bug is squashed.
As for the Vent-Misers, they’re not smart in the sense of being connected; they’re just programmable to open and close the vents at certain times. Given that some of them are only $7 (yes, seven dollars) on Amazon, I ordered one just to dissect it and see how the mechanism works, and thus how easy or difficult it might be to turn it into a connected smart vent.
I’m brand new to all this fun stuff, so tell me if I’m way off base, or if I’m right in thinking some of these things might be useful for cobbling together a battery-powered Z-wave switchable air vent?