The Importance of HVAC Automation and Control
We all know that consulting engineers design HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems to be able to handle extreme conditions. Because of this, HVAC control is indispensable for keeping the indoor environment stable. Without controls, each and every built space supplied by an HVAC system would either overheat or over-cool on a constant basis. Overheating or over-cooling has obvious detrimental effects on the following:
1) Human Health and Safety (how does anyone walk the gallery when both the air and the floor are icy?)
2) Human Comfort (picture board shorts and bikinis around the conference table in Detroit on a January morning)
3) Product/Equipment Lifespan (how long will a refrigerator compressor last in constant 90 degree F heat? Imagine how many frozen coils there would be without Freeze Stats and dampers)
4) Energy Consumption (the utility is happy to charge for off-peak usage but every building over-cooling constantly in the summer will finish that grid off right now)
Energy Star reports that the 4.8 million US commercial buildings in the US spend over $107 billion for energy each year as it is. The commercial building market accounts for 17% of green house gas emissions in the US.
Let’s face it. There is no way around it. We need HVAC Automation and Control. For every building. All of the time.