The user interface allows the user to precisely control the temperature of a room fitted with the programmable vent. Photo credit: Randy Kaasalainen
Three students from the electrical engineering technology program have created an air vent that offers an energy efficient way to maintain a constant temperature in each room of a house.
The group, called Team Kelvin, created the programmable modulating air vent as their end-of-year project. On the surface the controllable vent looks like it’s a part of a regular household ventilation system, easily popping into place over the air duct.
However, it does more than that. They built a motor into the underbelly of the vent that is controlled wirelessly.
“Essentially the air vent responds to the signals sent from the wireless wall mounted controller,” said Guy Labrecque, the project manager who was also responsible for creating the…