The constant evolution of technology sees it become ever more integrated into our day-to-day life, and one of the most modern developments is smart building automation.
‘Smart Building’ refers to any structure that can be controlled through automated processes to adjust the building’s operations; these often take the form of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Businesses will have varying needs in relation to these operations, based on their varying functions and services. In order to manage these, a smart building uses sensors, actuators and microchips in order to collect data from HVAC units and allow businesses to manage the conditions of the building.
There are many benefits of being able to control a building’s climate, humidity and other environmental parameters; here are five of the most important:
Smart HVAC systems allow a user complete control over the conditions in a building, and one of the biggest advantages of this is optimisation. The ability for HVAC systems to maintain adequate conditions consistently, regardless of external conditions is a huge pro. Through analysis of the precise data received, the energy efficiency of a building can be tracked and optimised.
A knock-on effect of improved efficiency is, of course, reduced energy consumption. There are significant financial savings to be considered here. With smart automation, businesses can reduce the costs of energy consumption by up to 35% – even more impressive when you consider that 80% of a building’s total energy usage is from HVAC systems.
Parameters are notoriously difficult to control when attempting to optimise the climate of a building, and simply cannot be done with most out-dated HVAC systems. However, with a smart system, these parameters are monitored in real-time. The data obtained from this monitoring is stored, allowing businesses to analyse in detail and improve the control and monitoring system. Following on from these analyses, businesses can obtain data on the building’s energy and consumption patterns. From this, existing systems can be improved substantially, and new systems can be designed for optimised efficiency.
The complete control of smart HVAC systems allows the user to keep track of all its parts and systems. If any malfunctions occur, they are detected immediately and so can be repaired as quickly as possible. The system will send error warnings as soon as malfunctions are detected, as well as collecting information to help determine its cause. To help prevent similar malfunctions in the future, the system automatically adapts to the problem
Another huge benefit, which comes along with reduced energy usage, is the positive ecological effect this has. The ability to optimise a building’s climate eliminates the usage of unnecessary energy, and thus complies with a business’ ecological responsibility.