With easier installation and lower upfront cost enabled by plug-and-play technology, smart controls systems are breaking new ground in the light commercial market because they put extensive real-time information into the hands of building owners and managers. Having data at their fingertips, whether they are on-site or remote, enables building managers to make faster, more informed decisions and keep buildings running smoothly and efficiently.
Light commercial controls systems now give users access to real-time information on critical attributes—space temperatures and setpoints, equipment scheduling, space occupancy, notifications and alarms, and equipment status—and across their ecosystem of components—rooftop units, fan coils, zone dampers, heat pumps, boilers, chillers, and other HVAC units. It can even pull data from other building systems, such as lighting or security.
Since data is automatically recorded and stored over time, users have access to an extensive operating history. Trending information on space temperatures, frequency of equipment cycling and other parameters can be extracted easily. This means users identify and correct equipment issues before malfunctions happen and make sound decisions that fine-tune operations, increase efficiency, and deliver optimum comfort. In applications with multiple facilities, operators can use historical and trend data to compare sites against each other, identify the best and poorest performers, and develop best practices that can be shared to improve efficiency and drive down costs across the enterprise.
The light commercial market has long been left without the benefits of a data-enabled systems, but with the smart control system capabilities now easier and less expensive to access, more buildings are able to take advantage of the power of the information they provide. In the complex market, advanced analytical tools, such as fault detection and diagnostics (FDD), has been lauded as helping buildings achieve as much as a 66 percent reduction in unplanned or emergency repairs and up to a 65 percent reduction in the mean time to repair equipmenti. The value of the insight is just starting to be realized for the light commercial market, where staffs are leaner and often less technically knowledgeable.
With control capabilities that include simple, time-saving setting of schedules, setpoints, alarms and notifications, and easy access to building performance data, light commercial building owners and managers have the control and insight to improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs throughout a building’s life. Together, these capabilities save money, enhance productivity, and help provide optimum environments for occupants.iiJohnson Controls, Smart Chiller Maintenance in the Palm of Your Hand,
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