BOSTON — ecovent, maker of wireless vents and sensors for home heating and cooling systems, announced that the company has closed on $2.2 million in seed funding and has begun accepting pre-orders for its room-by-room temperature control system.

ecovent said it extends the capabilities of smart thermostats by providing room-level temperature control and putting an end to heating and cooling empty rooms. The system consists of three components:

• Climate sensors designed to fit any electrical outlet;

• Intelligent wireless vents that adjust to the real-time temperature; and

• An intuitive mobile app for the iOS and Android platforms.

The system is designed to be easy to install. Just plug in a sensor in each room, replace existing vents with ecovents, and connect to a wireless network. The mobile app guides the user through each step. Once the system is installed, the app enables users to set the optimal temperature for every room, and the system automatically opens and closes vents to send airflow just where it’s needed.

According to the company, ecovent is designed to be easy enough for anyone to install, but robust enough to meet the standards of HVAC contractors.

Developed at MIT, ecovent applies aeronautical engineering principles to optimize airflow and preserve HVAC system integrity. It also adjusts to changes in the home and learns from users’ input over time.

“When you look at the technology that goes into any other appliance, the way we heat and cool our homes today is just unacceptable. We built ecovent to change that,” said Dipul Patel, founder and CEO, ecovent. “We’re incredibly excited to launch it with the backing of an amazing group of investors who could not be more supportive of our vision.”

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Publication date: 10/27/2014

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