Radiators are amazingly old technology and steam heat, while oftentimes charmingly anachronistic, is also horribly inefficient. Luckily, Radiator Labs is working on Cozy, a radiator cover that turns “dumb” radiators into smartphone-controlled climate systems.
The system is fairly simple: a cover traps the warm air generated by the radiator inside a box and a fan releases the air as necessary. While folks in charge of their own thermostats won’t find much use for the system (except to improve heating efficiency), apartment dwellers often suffer from heating overkill and are forced to open windows in the winter to stay sane. Landlords, especially in New York, like to simply keep the boilers running all day and night rather than worry about cold tenants.
The Cozy, then captures that potentially wasted heat and lets you control it with far more efficiency. Writes the creator, Dr. Marshall Cox:
I’ve seen a prototype of the system and it looks exciting, especially for apartment dwellers. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign right now and are looking for $100,000. An early bird Cozy costs $249.
While it will definitely reduce the number of shorts-wearing tenants in the winter, Cozy seems like a great way to take back some control of your shared space.