In large buildings, energy is often wasted due to people forgetting to turn things off and on, incorrect thermostat settings, and other such events. Automation allows the human element to be almost completely removed from day-to-day infrastructure operation so these things can’t happen. Try switching these things over to building automation to quickly lower energy costs, and follow these tips for best results:
Put the HVAC Systems Under Automatic Control
These systems can use tremendous amounts of energy in their efforts to keep an entire building at the right temperature, humidity, and ventilation level. Yet, they are very easy for people to forget about, and this causes problems like paying to heat or cool empty rooms. This makes them the perfect target for automation.
Place Sensors in All Important Areas
Sensors collect information on temperature, O2 levels, room occupancy, sunlight levels, and more. These need to be placed anywhere that human comfort is important, including in hallways, bathrooms, and similar areas. Since these sensors are how the controller learns about the building’s conditions, this is an essential step.
Make Sure There are Enough Controllers and Output Devices
An automated system can only make environmental changes if it has the hardware with which to do so. Be sure not to skimp on providing it with the needed tools. Since most of the related devices sit inside the walls, there’s no need to worry about them interfering with the building’s appearance.
For more tips on getting the most out of building automation, talk to a company that provides these systems. They’ll be glad to help you optimize your installation, settings, and related peripherals.