November 28th 2007 - I don’t know about you, but I have one room in my house that just doesn’t get warm in the winter and it will not get cool in the summer. The room is situated directly above our garage so I think that may play a role.
The room is our computer/guest room, so we spend a lot of time in there, and if we have guests we want them to be comfortable… most of the time! ;)
Until recently, my wife and I have employed fans in the summer and a space heater in the winter to stay comfortable. However, we no longer need to lug those portable units because we installed an air vent booster last week, and it works great!
What is it? An air vent booster is a powered fan that fits in your vent register and helps pull additional conditioned air from the ducts into your room.
The model I have is the AirFlow Breeze, which is produced by AirFlow Technology. I recently wrote a few articles about saving money on utilities including 7 Free Ways to Save on Heating Costs, and 10 Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Heating Costs. These articles lead to an e-mail exchange with a representative who was kind enough to send me an AirFlow Breeze to review. Blogging does have perks sometimes! :)
Does it work? Yes it does. But, don’t confuse it with a heater or an air conditioner. All it is designed to do is provide a “boost” to the amount of air coming through the ducts into the room it is installed in. The air comes from your ducts and will help make that room a similar temperature to the rest of your house. They are great if you have a problem room like mine!
Does the extra draw on the air source affect the rest of the house? Not that I noticed. The only thing I noticed was that our computer/guest room is more comfortable to be in and we enjoy our room more now.
Does it constantly run? No. It has a built in thermostat that switches the fan on when either the heater or AC comes on. It is very easy to set - just follow the directions in the manual.
Does it save money? Yes. If you have a room that just does not get hot or cold unless you crank up the heat or AC for the rest of the house, or use a space heater or fan, this could save you a substantial amount of money over the course of a year because you will use less energy to condition your room. The fan uses a 12 volt DC power adapter, which costs pennies to run.
Is it hard to install? No! It only took a short while including the time to remove the old vent cover with a screwdriver (not a drill). You don’t need any special tools other than the screwdriver. There is a 12 volt power adapter with a 6 foot cord that plugs into the unit.
Is it loud? Let me put it this way: you can hear it in the other room, but it isn’t loud enough to bother me when I am in the room and it is running. I think it is one of those things that might take some people some time to get used to, but once you get used to it, you don’t really notice it anymore.
Do you recommend it? I recommend it to people who have a “problem room” that is difficult to cool or warm. I believe people who purchase one will be more comfortable in their room and enjoy it more. After all, the whole point of having a house is to enjoy living in it, right? :)