New grad creates 'smart radiator'
Chris Moy just graduated from UIUC and is already creating headlines for his MyHome, a system which regulates a radiator's temperature.
Knowing that radiators are difficult to adjust and rarely accurate, Chris Moy, a recent Engineering alumnus, set out to create a system that would regulate a radiator’s temperature — MyHome.
About 10 percent of housing in the United States still uses steam and hot water heating, representing the majority of this market, according to energy.gov. The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority estimates that 15 to 30 percent of heat is wasted by steam buildings overheating, a common occurrence due to the nature of radiators.
Moy lived in the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house prior to graduation and he experienced the same problem. Every room in the house overheats, he said, and rarely were any of the rooms comfortable.
“All the rooms get uncomfortably hot or uncomfortably cold,” Moy said, adding that it was quite difficult to deal with.
Moy came up with the idea of MyHome, while talking about radiators with his friend Colin Lateano, a recent Media alumnus. The system requires replacement of the radiator’s old valve with a newly designed valve. They put temperature sensors in a different area of the room, and these sensors work with a mobile application that allows users to set a desired temperature. Through a wireless connection, the application will control the valve and ensure the radiator emits the correct amount of heat.
The group did research in the Chicago area about home radiators, and the responses were similar to what he and his friends thought.
“Almost everybody we talked to said that it’s extremely difficult to regulate your radiator,” Moy said.
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