Keen Home + Upverter

A Connected Home is a Happy Home

Keen Home is creating smart devices to connect the core functions of a dwelling, functions like heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing. They are doing this under the tenet that by making these devices more connected, Keen Home’s customers will have a more effective and therefore more comfortable, efficient and better-maintained home. Their first product is the Smart Vent which helps modulate airflow in a house on more than just a room-by-room basis for customers who have a standard centralized HVAC forced air system. They plan to develop an IoT device for their Smart Vent, and plan to tackle a newer smarter way to handle basement floods.

3/4 view of the Keen Home Smart Vent
Front view of the Keen Home Smart Vent with half showing the faceplate

Keen Home, a Cross-Functional & Collaborative Team

One of the keys to Keen Home’s success, according to Nathan Meryash (Keen Home’s Chief Technology Officer) has been the fact that the current employees are very multi-talented and are hired to fill multiple roles within the company.

Photo of the three founders of Keen Home
We have a mix of people, a few that are a blend of business and engineering. One of the reasons we succeed is everyone listens to each other and makes very intelligent decisions that consider all of those goals that often compete.

Nathan Meryash

CTO, Keen Home

Keen Home’s success in coordinating its business and engineering decisions has translated to national recognition on ABC’s television show Shark Tank. They have also successfully secured a retail deal with Lowe’s hardware stores to provide their Smart Vent solution to the masses.

Harnessing Upverter’s Collaboration Power

Keen Home contracted out the early stages of their EDA work to design shops in their local New York area, and then transferred a lot of the layout work to their contracted manufacturer. For Keen Home, Upverter comes into play when they need quick designs to fill in the gaps, and they see a strong future in Upverter’s ability to help them collaborate between groups.

Upverter’s ability to jointly work within a file is preferable to passing emails or uploading/downloading attachments. Many of us here believe in the future that Upverter can offer for those collaborations.

Nathan Meryash

CTO, Keen Home

Nathan extends his praise of Upverter’s collaboration capability to its ever-growing parts database.

If thousands of people make the same part, and each of them is spending some amount of time to redraw that part and recreate a footprint and symbol that’s obviously a lot of lost productivity.

Nathan Meryash

CTO, Keen Home

Upverter Goes Above and Beyond

Nathan described the process of learning the new tool as easy and having a nice UI/UX, but what set it apart from other tools was the service that comes with Upverter. With other tools, getting service while ramping up with a product can be difficult.

With other EDA tools, to just get on the phone and have a question answered you need to purchase an initial support package and get the support package licensed and set up a scheduled ticket a week in advance.

Nathan Meryash

CTO, Keen Home

But Upverter provided Keen Home with timely service and got them up and running with the tool quickly. Upverter stands distinguished from its peers in the type of service it provides its customers.

I think it’s very difficult to have that level of service with the other EDA tools and yet they charge a fortune to get any service.

Nathan Meryash

CTO, Keen Home

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