Air Conditioning HVAC Manufacturers Meet Demand for More Intelligent Building Controls - Ford & Doonan

Air Conditioning HVAC Manufacturers Meet Demand for More Intelligent Building Controls

Air Conditioning HVAC Manufacturers Meet Demand for More Intelligent Building Controls

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Companies are demanding more data about their building and more control than ever before. A survey conducted in 2018 on 451 respondents found that 35 percent of companies said they are currently planning on gathering and increasing their data collection from the building. Data about lighting, HVAC and system controls are among the greatest priority.

HVAC manufactures are introducing numerous products and innovations within both residential and commercial applications. Both of which provide more data to the end user. The introduction of more smart products to the market means that providers and brands are taking a more proactive approach to addressing the HVAC system.

Avoiding Unnecessary downtime

Not only do web-based mobile applications allow the user to perform tasks remotely, they also reduce downtime. Reason being? With remote access, building maintenance contractors and supervisors can ensure HVAC and other critical systems can be restored to full capacity quickly after a scheduled or unscheduled shutdown.

In addition to the above, unnecessary downtime can be avoided with predictive analytics and information that provide real time alert to operators. Joseph Noworatzky, Executive Director of Engineering for Carrier Commercial Systems explained “Problems may not yet be obvious to building occupants, but intelligent products see them.”

Remote access through intelligent systems also assist owners and occupiers to control lighting and HVAC systems remotely. One can schedule for systems to be turned off after all staff have left, or switch to a “sensor driven” model that provides lighting and HVAC systems when motion is detected.

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Convenience

Consumers, and building tenants, are also demanding more convenience through remote systems. Like we mentioned before, remote access can be useful to manage the control of HVAC systems. Connectivity and user experience are both large factors driving continuous change within the space. Not only can this be an added selling point for landlords, but it also can boost productivity of employees and drives awareness around effective and efficient system usage.

With great control, comes great risk. Providers are also ramping up security and device-based control of HVAC systems to prevent unauthorised usage and data breaches. Things like finger print scanners and two factor authentication are on the horizon for lighting and HVAC system controls.

It’s a very exciting time to be involved in the HVAC space. Not only are systems becoming more efficient, but they’re now becoming more effective not only delivering climate control to a building, but effective at connecting with other peripherals.

What new technology would you like to see implemented in the HVAC space?

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