Smart Technologies: Reshaping The Way Commercial Industries Operate Their HVAC Systems

by Diane Barnes

Ever since smart technologies entered modern day society, people have found countless ways to use technology to improve their lives. From reducing the physicality of doing chores to the reduction of energy usage, smart technologies have changed nearly every aspect of human life. In recent years, smartphones and thermostats have paired together to help homeowners reduce their energy bills. Now, many commercial industries are catching on and want in on the action.

The Importance of Energy Consumption Reduction

Back in 2015, it was determined that approximately 40 percent of energy consumption throughout the U.S. took place in residential and commercial buildings. Among the 40 percent, HVAC (heating ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in commercial buildings appeared to be the biggest energy consumers. Commercial building managers have often had to rely on manual controls to regulate temperature throughout a facility. Programmable thermostats can reduce energy usage, of course, but commercial building managers are now realizing just how much they can save with smart technologies.

Newer Technologies to Consider

If you currently operate a commercial building, there are newer technologies to consider, especially if you want to save money and reduce energy usage. Occupancy sensors are just one form of technology set to reshape the HVAC scene. Over the years, occupant sensing technology has gained momentum among residential and commercial scenes. Part of what makes it such a unique technology is that it can work with several applications, including HVAC control.

Occupancy sensors can reduce your HVAC bill because it means that HVAC will not run unless the occupancy sensors detect the presence of someone in the vicinity. In other words, if you are a commercial business looking for a greener approach in the near future, occupancy sensors might be worth the consideration.

Another technology to consider is the use of a DeVAP AC unit. DeVAP, which stands for Desiccant Enhanced Evaporative, is a relatively newer technology that is set to lower cooling costs. The unit uses an evaporation process to cool water and release it back into the air in the form of humidity. Since the DeVAP unit releases humidity into the air, it is best used in commercial operations that are based in hot, dry climates.

No matter which newer technology you choose, make sure you speak with a qualified HVAC technician for assistance. An HVAC professional can offers suggestions for new technology recommendations, installation, and maintenance. Keep in mind that routine maintenance, whether you have a standard system or a smart-enabled system, will also help you save money. If you plan on investing money into any smart HVAC technologies, make sure you also invest in air conditioning maintenance so you can keep the system operating properly.