Would you like to use SMART technology to automate the HVAC system for your business? Would you like to run your current system more efficiently or invest in future upgrades? Please read on to learn more.
Investing In Your Future
The controls and monitoring of rooftop HVAC units used in commercial buildings can easily be automated in the same way many homes use SMART thermostats and other connected devices. SMART devices can control and monitor such things as fire suppression systems, lighting, and security alarms. This allows a business owner or manager to remotely monitor and control building conditions. It may make facility management easier if you have a large number of rooftop HVAC units or buildings to oversee. A variety of major HVAC manufacturers sell HVAC units that may be controlled and monitored by an app on a mobile device. With this technology, a network of sensors and touchscreen wi-fi thermostats can continuously monitor and control the ambient temperature throughout the facility and possibly improve the indoor air quality of the building.
A major advantage of using these types of technologies is that they can help you to remotely troubleshoot the heating or cooling system before calling a licensed professional. On many units, this can be accomplished on both the control panel for the unit and remotely via the mobile app. These devices can monitor the operation of such components as blowers, condensers, compressors, and fans, alerting you to issues before they become hazardous. This allows you to call a licensed heating and cooling professional as soon as possible. Another advantage is that on some models, a technician may be able to download information about the unit, such as error codes, through a USB port, possibly speeding repairs or during scheduled seasonal inspections. The mobile app, thermostats and control panels will also likely be able to provide everyday operating data to those monitoring the HVAC units for your business.
These devices may need a large initial investment from your business. However, building automation as a whole can make your entire business run more energy efficiently, saving you money throughout the life of the new HVAC unit or control system. Many manufacturers also provide financing and extended warranty plans. Thus, it may be a worthwhile investment when considering a new HVAC system or retrofitting an existing system to include these new technologies on the market.
Notes of Concern
It is important to note that software and firmware errors can occur in the communication between the HVAC unit and a mobile app being used to monitor it or make changes to the system. Another matter that businesses should educate themselves about is how the manufacturer uses the data obtained about your heating and cooling units and about the facilities where they are utilized. In today’s world, it is also possible for proprietary data to be stolen, or for the ventilation systems to be compromised and controlled by nefarious parties. As with any SMART device, security and privacy are top matters to consider when choosing to use these technologies.
To learn more about emerging HVAC technologies that might be a good choice for your business, please contact the professionals of Expert Air and Refrigeration at (512) 255-6525.