SMART TECHNOLOGY IS TAKING HOLD IN HVAC SOLUTIONS AND CHANGING THE DYNAMIC IN THE MARKET.
Smart home and smart building applications are raising expectations for home owners and building administrators, and for good reason. The smart technology available on the market has the potential to make our lives more convenient and more efficient. This technology is also being implemented in the HVAC market and improving the effectiveness and value of our HVAC systems.
With the implementation of sensors and automation in HVAC systems, it is possible to conserve energy, reduce costs and improve the comfort of occupants. Occupancy sensors are utilised to determine whether or not a room or space is occupied. This application of occupancy sensors is ideal for hotels, offices or other high-traffic facilities. A network of sensors can be coupled with a BMS or other automation system to engage the HVAC system only when a space is occupied or in use.
Thermal sensors can also be strategically implemented to detect temperatures in specific spaces in a building. This configuration allows a HVAC system to simultaneously improve the efficiency of a facility while providing better comfort to building occupants. A system with thermal sensors can be particularly effective in instances where a large gathering of people in an office or conference room may cause a sudden and temporary rise in temperature.
While high levels of CO2 can negatively affect critical thinking and decision making, HVAC systems can use CO2 sensors to detect levels and adjust to provide a consistent flow of fresh air to a designated space. HVAC systems with CO2 sensors and CO2 level management are most effective in closed spaces in offices or industrial settings.
Comprehensive control systems can make management of a HVAC system convenient, cost effective and energy efficient. HVAC control systems are integrated into a building’s BMS to make centralised control of the HVAC system and other facility systems in the building possible. Detailed scheduling and remote control of the HVAC system greatly improves efficiency and comfort while remote monitoring and preventative maintenance assessment can be streamlined through centralised system integration.
While this smart technology may go unnoticed by many, the impact on our lives, well-being and comfort as well as on our systems is worth contemplation.
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