I have a few keen vents and keen temp sensors. I got the vents and temp sensors to pair and work with ST. Now is there a smart app that will open and close the vents based on a set temperature of the room by taking temp readings from the sensors? I have the keen hub but it goes down to much. I want to do what the keen app does and more.
Yes, you’ll find several smartapps below depending on your thermostat models (ecobee or others) and your use cases. The zoning smartapp can even create some virtual zone devices for better control of your own custom zones inside your home.
Do you want just to open at 100%/close the vents based on some cooling/heating temp thresholds for each room or you want proportional vent control based on your temp sensors?
For more details, refer to
I would like to have them open and close to maintain a set temperature by reading the sensors. I seen your post and I used the device handler but Im having a hard time setting up the rules or smart app. sorry im still learning.
Update: for the smart app I should use this one that say (Works with Any ST Connected thermostat, temp/motion/contact sensors & smart vents)
Do you have any walk through videos lol. This app has alot of stuff witch is great but I just want the vents to open and close to keep the room at a set temperature.
Hi, there is no videos, but there is a community wiki where the use cases are explained.
For your use case, depending if you have a thermostat exposed to SmartThings or not, you just need to set up your rooms with your room’s temp/motion/contact sensors, and indicate your vents under RoomSetup>VentSettings. The main benefit of inputting a thermostat in the smartapp is that you can then orchestrate your smart vents with your thermostat’s heating/cooling setpoints.
After doing this, you can set up your zones (composed of 1 to many rooms) with your temp thresholds for each zone. You can indicate static temp thresholds (ex. cooling threshold 72F, heating threshold 70F) or dynamic ones based on the thermostat’s setpoints - if any (ex. +/- 2F based on the setpoints for each of your zones). When created (optional), the virtual zone devices can override those temp deltas for easier control of your colder/hotter rooms.
After setting up your zones, you have to set up your schedules which trigger your zones at a given day/time.
For more details, refer to the ST community wiki (link above).
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Thanks so much, ill take a look at the link. I asked keen if they had a way to kick the room out of unoccupied when someone walked in the room and they said no. Looks like I can do that with your app, this is going to be fun Thanks
I am planning to buy the keenhome vents and was wondering if can share with me your views about the product and your reasons for installing smart vents.
Thanks for your help.
I have 2 videos on YouTube
They might help, if you have more questions feel free to email me at email@example.com
Hi Rick, thank you for mentioning my company name (www.ecomatiqhomes.com) in your video under your YouTube channel…
I see you found it on the one video and I just added it to the other one.
Thanks Ricky for sharing the youtube and your insight.
You clearly have a unique insight into this segment, Another follow up question if you do not mind: is temperature variation between different rooms a common problem in single family homes? and in your opinion, which factors are more relevant to consumers: improving comfort inside the home or reduce energy consumption as many smart vent vendors claim that their solution reduce energy consumption?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts
I would say every house is definitely different on the way the heating and cooling ductwork is set up. In my house one room is just above the furnace so it is the first feed off the main Plenum. That room definitely benefits from a smart vent. When that room is closed I do notice more airflow coming out of the vents at the end of the line. As for energy-saving I don’t think it does much at all, but it definitely evens the temperature between the rooms. The best part of smart vents is they can work with other devices in your home, so if a guest room is not being used the vents will remain closed. I suppose that could save some money but it would be pretty hard to calculate and see if it is saving you money.
And one thing people worry about is pressure build up in the system. Many people worry that if too many vents are closed it could damage the furnace motor because of pressure buildup. When I had my furnace replaced I brought my concerns to the installer. He said he could build a chamber under the furnace to help relieve static pressure buildup. Now the motor can flow freely if too many vents are closed.
In the end all my rooms maintain a set temperature except for the basement, cold air will always drop. So in the summer the basement is always much cooler.
Hope this helps
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