Bringing disparate systems together is one of the greatest benefits of integrating HVAC and building management systems. Powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), explains Facility Executive, integrating these systems can optimize cooling or heat distribution, reducing workload on individual units. In addition, facility managers can effectively control heating and cooling across all reads and improve air quality. This integration reduces building management costs through these key ways.
Integrated HVAC and building management systems eliminate redundancies and optimize air flow.
1. Integration Eliminates Manual-Control of Systems
When employees change temperature settings, HVAC costs can skyrocket. Integrating building management with HVAC sets building-wide standards that rely on data-driven metrics for changes. In addition, modern systems that utilize app-based technology can prevent unauthorized changes to settings, preventing energy waste. Furthermore, reduced operating costs gives companies access to funds necessary for increasing competitive advantage, in other words, lowering the cost of products and services.
2. Wireless Control Eliminates Wiring Costs
Electrical wiring is designed to wear out with time. Unfortunately, systems overload and can cause major damage to connected components. Wireless systems that connect building management with HVAC systems eliminate this risk. Of course, electrical wiring to provide a power source must remain. But, wiring used to control systems and individual units can be eliminated. This means there will not be future wiring costs for maintaining control of the system.
3. Improved Air Quality Reduces Health Problems Among Customers, Tenants and Employees
Air quality of indoor areas is often considered to be worse than outdoors in big, industrial cities. Carbon dioxide sensors can be leveraged throughout a building to prevent the buildup of toxic gases within a facility. This improves the critical-thinking skills of occupants and helps curb employee turnover.
Improved air quality will naturally extend the life expectancy of products and those in the building by preventing health problems too. Therefore, added costs from sick employees and higher health insurance premiums are eliminated. As explained by Construction Dive, this technology will also help reduce occupant stress and encourage a productive work environment.
4. Occupancy Sensors Prevent Energy Waste
With the rise of mobile technology, employees are no longer “chained to the desk.” While this saying is true for many companies, it also indicates energy waste may be occurring more often than many realize. If a person leaves a room or office suddenly, the lights and HVAC system may stay on. However, automated, integrated controls can detect the person’s actions and shut down any respective HVAC or lighting systems. Thus, energy costs are reduced.
5. Integrated Systems Manage Both Occupied and Vacant Energy Consumption
Comparable to small-area occupancy sensors, integrated systems can leverage working and non-working times and data to maximize energy savings. Furthermore, these systems can give facilities managers insights into how activities during vacancy hours, such as cleaning KPIs, increases overall costs. As a result, managers can readjust cleaning schedules to have the greatest reduction in energy costs between HVAC systems and the building management system.
Integration Begets Better Facilities Management Processes.
There are many tasks and costs associated with facilities management, and HVAC costs can be among the largest expenses for an organization. Facilities managers should work to bring HVAC and building management systems under one roof, empowering data-driven insights and real-world savings in overhead costs.