HVAC systems are one of the costliest aspects of owning a building. An automation system can work with your HVAC system to make sure it's running at optimum efficiency at the best settings and times. They can:
- Detect if your building is occupied – if occupation is detected, the building's temperature can adjust to a comfortable level. If no one is in the building, the temperature can be raised or lowered, depending on the season, when it doesn’t need to accommodate for human comfort, but still regulate facility functionality. In the winter, an unoccupied building can stay at a colder temperature, and in the summer, it can remain hotter, which will save money on your energy bills as the systems automatically adjust.
- Work on a schedule – if your building is occupied beginning at 9 a.m. every day, an automated building can be scheduled to begin warming up at 8:30 a.m., so that it will be comfortable by the time occupants arrive. Timing things also minimizes the need for changing and forgetting to change settings. No more worries of remembering at 2 a.m. that your empty office is running heat on full blast!
- Control different parts of your building – if you own a large building, you can set up building automation so that different parts of your building are on different schedules and with different requirements. For example, a storage space and a kitchen in the same building may not need the same energy resources, and an automation system can control that.