How the Internet of Things and Predictive Maintenance Can Improve HVAC Efficiency
There is an interesting article that was published in Electric Light and Power recently that went over how some emerging technologies can help power plants maintain their HVAC systems, save money on utility costs, and conduct repairs before they become a major issue. Although focused on the critical systems for power plants, many of the points made in the article can apply to any commercial or industrial environment where an efficient HVAC system is crucial for operations.
The Internet of Things: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a pretty well-known concept at this point. It is where computers are able to communicate and interact with one another to provide data in real time. Anyone who owns a Fitbit or other fitness wearable has experienced the IoT before. The data from the tracker is transmitted to your smartphone app through usually Bluetooth where you can access it, generate reports, and compare with other results. Managers of HVAC systems can utilize the IoT to gain real-time data on what’s going on with the system. If there is an aberration from the system’s norms, this can be determined right away so repairs can be made.
Predictive Maintenance: Another technology that the article mentions is predictive maintenance (PdM). Predictive maintenance has been around for some time, but it isn’t often used for HVAC systems because there is some initial investment in infrastructure. However, as studies from the U.S. Department of Energy have indicated, predictive maintenance can help you save in a big way. PdM can help organizations save as much as twelve percent over a program, reduce maintenance costs by up to 30%, and eliminate breakdowns by as much as 75%. Therefore, if your organization can afford the initial investment, it usually is worth it.
What Happens If You Do Need Repairs or Equipment Replacement?
The aforementioned technology is generally more about prevention. It will alert you about when there is a malfunction or issue with the system. Think of it like a Check Engine light. The Check Engine light goes on when there is a perceived problem before there is a total breakdown. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to take the car to the shop though. When you notice that there is an issue with your HVAC system, the preventative technology has done its job, but you still need to get the system fixed.
If you are in need of a solution to maintain operations and critical applications when the system is being repaired or replaced, Carrier HVAC rentals can bridge the gap. Carrier Rental Systems offers various HVAC equipment for commercial and industrial clients, including temporary AC rentals, electric heaters, boilers, and more. Our team can assess your system and come up with a customized solution that will meet your system’s requirements.
There’s no question that preventative technology can ensure your system’s longevity and performance. However, when you need a quick fix for your HVAC needs, choose Carrier Rental Systems.