How much are you spending on heating and cooling? Did you know you could reduce that with HVAC controls? In the summer and winter HVAC units are running like crazy to keep occupants comfortable― but they don’t need to be used all the time. That’s where HVAC controls come in. Read on to learn more about the benefit they can provide to your organization.
What is an HVAC Control System?
An HVAC control system has four basic elements: a sensor, controller, controlled device, and source of energy. The sensor measures temperature, humidity or flow and provides information to the controller. The controller then receives the input from the sensor and produces the output signal for controlled device.
Then, the controlled device modifies the temperature or humidity based on the data it received using a certain source of energy.
Why Automatic Controls Are Important
Without a control system, the system will become unstable and HVAC could overheat or overcool spaces, which can result in more energy waste and higher utility bills.
What do HVAC Controls Regulate?
- Special controls (fire protection, smoke removal systems, clean air systems, etc.)
Benefits of HVAC Control System
Many businesses waste a large amount of energy through inefficient operations, which result in monetary loss; a lack of reliable building occupancy measurement and prediction can cause such inefficiencies. HVAC controls account for this through automatic programming (instead of manual adjustments) of building cooling, heating, and ventilation. Here’s some other benefits:
- Maintain thermal comfort conditions
- Maintain optimum indoor air quality
- Reduce energy use
- Identify maintenance problems
- Safe facility operations
- Efficient operations
- Monitoring system performance
The Bottom Line
Having the proper HVAC controls system in place can generate substantial energy and cost savings for building owners. HVAC control is also responsible for the comfort and health of a building and its occupants by providing proper temperature control, fresh air circulation, and filtration.
A proper HVAC control system will allow building owners to operate at maximum efficiency while reaping the benefits of sustainable business practices.