I have yet to buy smart vents but am trying to figure out what to expect. I have 16 vents across 13 rooms. During this summer, the AC is running 12+ hours per day. Different rooms range in temperature from meat-locker cold to I-can’t-work-in-my-home-office-because-I-am-perspiring-on-Zoom hot and everything in between. I have a 2nd generation Nest. I signed up for Nest before Google even bought the company. Does this mean I can integrate with Nest?
What does Flair actually do? I assume that it is a collection of sensors and actuators for sensing the temperature of the room (i.e. pucks) and actuating the vent position. That seems reasonable enough.
Does Flair (the system, software, hardware, cloud, whatever) also modify the fan schedule on the thermostat to stir the air when there is a temperature imbalance? Probably not on Nest, so I will likely get Ecobee instead, but now this is starting to get expensive. I will need $80 per vent and $120 per puck (one for each room), correct? At least one puck needs to be powered (which I imagine will look ugly) and probably needs to be centrally located so that it is in range of the other pucks and vents. Is that correct?
If I start small, with one vent and one puck, I should start in a room that gets too much HVAC, correct? In other words, I should start in a room that is too cold in the summer and too hot in the winter, the rationale being that this room would most benefit from a closing vent. That room is the guest bathroom, which is a little short on power outlets and I would not want to have a thermostat on the wall anyway, so that room should probably have an Ecobee sensor, which means I should wait to manage that bathroom until I change the thermostat.
I am trying to think this through. Am I on the right track?
Many thanks, Marty
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