Home Comfort Zones

The 2005 Street of Dreams is a showcase of the coolest things a modern home can have. The multi-million dollar houses have some pretty awesome features but the one that struck me the most was a demo in a few of the garages where vendors are set up.

The Home Comfort Zones system allows for individual room temperature control. The demo has a cut-away of a furnace duct at the heat register. Inside, a balloon-type bag inflates or deflates to block the passage of air. The wireless thermostat in each room reports back to a master thermostat and tells the system if the room is the desired temperature. Don’t use a room? Shut it off completely.

Not planning on building a new home? That doesn’t matter. The system can be installed in pre-existing duct work!

Good Day Oregon did a story a while back which does a really good job of explaining the system in an eight minute segment. It is a .wav file. Home Comfort Zones is Beaverton based. The product is new enough that it is only available locally but they have high hopes of spreading out.

One Comment on “Home Comfort Zones

  1. I had one of their systems installed and have been totally dissatisified. What they didn’t tell me – but have since admitted – is that the design will allow a 1.7 degree variation from the set point (I have had as much as a 2.2 degree variation and froze). I was back to where I was: jumping up & down changing the setting to cut off the a/c. (Heat likely to pose the same problem). Buyer beware!

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