We love smart thermostats. We talk about them all the time. However, most smart thermostats can really only adjust temperatures based on the area right around the thermostat. Of course, you probably don’t spend all of your time hanging out around that one wireless thermostat, so you may want to think about a: zoned solution for the entire house. These can be sort of expensive and difficult to install—unless you go with something like: IglooControl.
IglooControl is a climate management system that uses wireless dampers, wireless temperature sensors and a control box. It sounds complicated, expensive and frustrating. However, all of these pieces are tied into your existing furnace, air conditioner and vents, so you can manage temperature in every room separately and easily.
The dampers can be easily installed into: heating/cooling vents. The sensors are even more simple, since they just need a little 3M double-sided tape. Just put them in every zone you want to control.
Once everything is set up, the sensors will monitor the temperature in their respective areas and send that information back to the IglooControl control box, which is the brain behind the system. It’s what manages the furnace, air conditioner and the wireless dampers. Those dampers can close air flow into the rooms to direct hot or cold air into other zones that need a little extra attention.
The IglooControl allows for manual and automated controls both in and outside of the house, via an iOS and/or Android app. Also worth mentioning is that IglooControl is compatible with the Nest wireless thermostat. In fact, the company says that the IglooControl will work with almost any: wireless thermostat. However, if you don’t have one of those, the control box can replace your existing thermostat.
“We wanted to create a device to make people’s lives more comfortable and to save the environment,” says Yuliy Ruzin, the founder of IglooControl. “Ordering IglooControl is a smart investment that will save you money every day while optimizing climate in the house based on lifestyle and habits of every family member.”
IglooControl currently has a Kickstarter campaign going, to raise funding and offer the IglooControl starter kit for a pre-order price of $198. That kit includes one damper, a temperature sensor, one control box, and a year’s worth of the IglooControl service (it’s $12.99 per year after that). The campaign will run through June 15, 2015. After that, the products are expected to ship sometime this November.