Smart thermostats are great, but they often do not regulate the temperature of individual rooms. That’s where Keen Home’s Smart Vents come into play. The company first announced their product at Disrupt NY 2013 and is today announcing $1.52M in seed funding to bring it to market.
The seed round was led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures, NYU Innovation Venture Fund, Rugged Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, and Brand Foundry Ventures, as well as strategic investors American Family Ventures and Comporium, Inc.
Keen Home’s first product is the Smart Vent which allows homeowners to control airflow to different rooms. If no one is staying in the guest room, close the vents and save cash. This is controlled through a smartphone app.
The system can also automatically adjust the airflow when it senses a room is too hot or cold. This, the company says, will keep the whole house more comfortable.
“When it comes to home heating and cooling efficiency, the thermostat is only part of the solution,” said Ryan Fant, co-founder, Keen Home. “You wouldn’t use one light switch to control all the lights in your home. So, why are we still using a single thermostat to control a home’s heating and cooling needs? That’s why we developed the Smart Vent.”
Keen Home is also today announcing a partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers, SmartThings and Wink. Starting in the Spring of 2015, the Smart Vent will be sold through these distribution channels.
Smart Vent pricing has yet to be announced.