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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!

How an Air Vent Booster Can Save You Money

air-flow-technology-vent-booster.jpg 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 5 hours 15 minutes 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? :)


Published or updated December 29, 2011.
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1 dong

I would definitely be interested in something like that in the condo I rent out. Though I’m curious where does it draw it’s power? Do i need to wire it?

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2 Ryan

Hi Dong, great question. There is a 12 volt power adapter with a 6 foot cord that plugs into the unit.

I modified the article with the updated info. :)

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3 SingleGuyMoney

Great post Ryan! I looked at getting a couple of those for two of my problem rooms but my vent registers are in the ceiling and would not look too good with a cord hanging down. I also think it said something about them being for floor or wall registers only, I think.

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4 Brip Blap

Same comment as Dong and SGM – it’s an awesome idea but the room I need it for has a vent in the ceiling so I need a battery-powered version. Unfortunate because I got really excited at first thinking about this concept… argh! So close!

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5 Ryan

Brip Blap,

I got excited about it to, and even though my vent is in the ceiling I still installed it. I tacked the wire neatly along the ceiling and it is close to a window, so I ran a cord along the window sill. It isn’t perfect, but it makes the room comfortable and saves us money. I guess you can’t argue with that. ;)

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6 Jesse

I have the other kind that sits on top of a floor vent. They won’t work at all for a ceiling vent. We bought them for our old apartment. We bought a house with the vents in the ceiling so these wouldn’t help. We decided to keep them in my wife’s office. This morning I decided to search for this type of device. Wow! This was easier to find than the other one when I looked for it. I too have a problem with how far it is to a plug, but I thought of a solution. Measure how far it has to go from the vent to a plug. Take it to an electrician and have them install a wire in the fan that is up to code and long enough to reach. No extension cords and you then know that the fan is safe(er).

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7 Ryan

Jesse,

Wiring a cord is definitely the safer and more visually appealing way to install the fans. They also make fans that go inside the vents, but they cost more than the type of fan I have.

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8 Dewey Rotruck

I have an 8 by 8 opening, are there any sizes that would come close to matching.

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