Recessed smart vent
Any thoughts about making a smart vent that can be recessed into the ductwork to allow different hardwood and laminate flooring custom faceplates to be installed above it? Basically I’m envisioning a smart vent that does not have the flange around it for the flair faceplate attachment. Instead it would be only the box portion that holds the working parts of the smart vent.
This would allow flexibility for how deep in the duct to recess the vent to accommodate a variety of custom faceplates.
Hi Paul Lemieux,
Thank you for the suggestion! The metal faceplate currently acts as a radio frequency antenna for communications between the Smart Vent and the Gateway Puck. The faceplate also has a cutout for the "light bar" used to identify each Smart Vent.
I will gladly pass on your suggestion to our management team. Please note that feature requests are prioritized by the company for inclusion in the product and that a timeline for implementation cannot be guaranteed.
Burt, Flair Customer SupportComment actions
That was good info. With a recessed smart vent it definitely would not have the faceplate to act as an antenna.
I did a prototype test by notching the corners of a smart vent out so I could bend the sides straight up. This allowed me to drop the unit into the duct and use the holes in the flange to screw into the duct at the right depth. Obviously this voids the warranty on that one vent. :)
So far communication is not suffering and I am able to drop my custom faceplate over it.
Hopefully that gives some concept ideas for your team to consider.
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