“Airflowing" into the future: the rise of smart vent systems in building electrification

Daniel Myers, Co-Founder and CEO at Flair, joined Builder Nation's Podcast host Elisa Muñoz to share his experiences as a leader in the building electrification industry, and the insights he has gained from his broad experience as a Software Development Engineer.

This interview was brought to you by BuilderNation, the community of hardware leaders developing world-changing products, and sponsored by ControlHub, the purchasing software for hardware companies.

The building electrification industry is an emerging sector focusing on transitioning buildings from traditional fossil fuel-based systems to electric-powered ones. Several factors drive this transition, including environmental concerns and climate change, technological advancements, government regulations, incentives, and cost savings for building owners and tenants.

One of the key technologies that are driving the building electrification industry forward are smart vents. These intelligent airflow systems work with central heating and cooling systems to eliminate uneven room temperatures across homes and buildings. Flair is a leading company in smart vent systems, and it's revolutionizing the market.

In this blog post, we will explore the building electrification industry, delving into the features and benefits of smart vent systems; with a special focus on Flair.

The building electrification industry

The building electrification industry transforms fossil fuel-based systems to electric-powered systems for heating, cooling, and powering buildings. This is an essential step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, improving indoor air quality, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting public health and safety.

This industry has been around for several decades. Still, it has gained significant momentum in recent years due to technological advancements, government regulations and incentives, and cost savings for building owners and tenants. These innovations have played an essential role in this growth, making electric-powered systems more efficient, cost-effective, and reliable. Options like heat pumps and air conditioning systems are now more efficient than ever, making them a viable alternative to traditional fossil fuel-based systems.

Electric-powered systems offer several benefits, including cost savings and improved public health and safety. With lower operational costs and less maintenance required than fossil fuel-based systems, they can provide significant long-term cost savings for building owners and tenants.

Additionally, electric-powered systems can reduce the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning associated with traditional fossil fuel-based systems, improving public health and safety. These benefits make electric-powered systems an innovative and sustainable choice for building electrification.
With these drivers pushing the growth of building electrification, innovative companies like Flair have emerged, providing room-by-room control for heating and cooling. 

Flair's Smart Vent System

Flair, a leader in the industry, is dedicated to making building electrification more accessible and affordable. Their products, including the Flair Puck wireless thermostat, and Flair Smart Vents, offer room-level temperature control and help eliminate energy waste.

The smart vent system is one of Flair's innovative products, designed to help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste. With proprietary algorithms, the smart vent system intelligently redirects airflow to the right rooms at the right time. This results in a more comfortable living and working environments for building occupants.

Flair's suite of products are designed for central systems, mini splits, window ACs and portables, and work with ecobee, Honeywell, Nest, voice assistants, and more. With room-level temperature control, users can eliminate uneven room temperatures and reduce energy waste, resulting in significant cost savings for building owners and tenants. With Flair's innovative solutions and commitment to affordability and accessibility, building electrification is becoming more accessible and achievable for building owners and tenants.

Smart products

Flair Puck

The Flair Puck is a next-level wireless thermostat that provides smart climate control for every room. It is a versatile and innovative device that works with central systems, and over 200+ brands of mini-splits, window ACs and portables. With this product, users can automatically adjust room temperature and observe and keep track of room conditions, all while saving energy and increasing home comfort at an affordable cost.

One of the most notable benefits of this product is its easy-to-use controls. With the Flair app, you can set the temperature from anywhere using any smartphone platform or web app. The app provides a wealth of data, such as temperature, pressure, humidity, and ambient light in each room with a Puck.

Another key benefit of the Flair Puck is its compatibility with a wide range of heating and cooling systems. The wireless thermostat works seamlessly with major smart thermostats, including ecobee, Honeywell, Nest, Carrier, and Bryant. 

The design is sleek and modern, with a simple and intuitive interface that is easy to navigate. It is also incredibly flexible regarding mounting and positioning, with adhesives (command strip) for wall mounting, screws for added security, and a built-in stand for surface placement.

Flair Smart Vent

Flair's Smart Vents are a revolutionary product that provides intelligent airflow. They work seamlessly with central heating and cooling systems to eliminate uneven room temperatures by automatically controlling how much air goes into each room, with up to 30% energy savings.

One of the most notable benefits of this system is that it eliminates hot and cold spots in your home, which is a common issue with traditional heating and cooling systems. Flair Smart Vents balance airflow, ensuring every room is comfortable. 

Another key benefit is the ability to save money and energy by only heating and cooling occupied rooms, and redirecting airflow to the right room at the right time.

Regarding aesthetics, Flair Smart Vents are made from durable powder coated steel and feature a modern 4-Way design. 2-Way Grills are also available in selected sizes, offering an alternative throw pattern and three color options to match any style or decor.

Future of the industry

As demand for sustainable and cost-effective solutions grows, the building electrification industry is poised for continued growth and innovation. Advancements in technology are making electric-powered systems even more efficient and reliable, solidifying them as a viable alternative to traditional fossil fuel-based systems.

Flair is at the forefront of this revolution, paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable future. With their accessible and affordable solutions, Flair's products are designed for easy installation and use, which can be customized to fit the unique needs of any building.

Compared to other building electrification solutions, Flair's products offer a high degree of customization and user-friendliness, making them an attractive option for building owners and tenants looking to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. As more people adopt Flair's products and the building electrification industry continues to grow, we expect to see a significant impact on the environment and how we live and work.