Heating and cooling systems are vital to the comfort of any home or office environment. For this reason, 40 to 60 percent of the energy used in office buildings is consumed by heating and cooling systems according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption, and costs; and to improve comfort and health, innovative organizations are investing in new sophisticated technologies.
Building Automation Systems
Building Automation Systems or BAS are used in office environments to connect the electrical, mechanical, and computer systems to enhance efficacy. These systems have historically not been integrated and resulted in a lot of energy waste. Most offices have HVAC plants to provide heating and cooling; the amount of plants needed depends on the size of the building. When an organization utilizes a BAS system, it allows these systems to communicate, ultimately reducing energy use and overall costs.
Digital ceilings are a new technology that connects HVAC, electrical, and security to a single network. This connection becomes known as a ceiling because it encompasses the entire environment, creating an interconnected system. This allows organizations to review a series of insights like motion, occupancy, temperature, carbon levels, and more. These insights learn the daily habits of an overall environment adapting to systems these behaviors increasing efficacy, enhances the comfort of the overall space, and reduces energy use.
This technology is not overly high-tech. Instead, it utilizes a product similar to cardboard to line the existing ductwork. Even though it is a simple solution, it can reduce energy usage substantially because it insulates the ductwork, reducing waste.
UV Lights Systems
A UV light system can enhance your overall air quality, making the air in the environment a lot healthier. The biggest threats to air quality are viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms, as mentioned in our previous blog, Air Conditioning Systems, And Health. UV Light systems are installed within the ductwork and work to sterilize the air as it passes through the system.
Sustainably To Existing Units
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have determined HVAC units lose efficiency over time. However, replacing your HVAC system can be costly, especially in an office environment. Our nanotechnology fluid solution, CryoGenX4, permanently restores lost cooling capacity and reduces carbon emissions, energy consumption, and costs to understand how it works, click here.
Ice Powered HVAC Systems
Ice powered HVAC systems freezes water in tanks overnight, when electricity rates are lower providing a building with up to 6 hour of affordable cooling the following day. The building conventional unit doesn’t have to run its compressor during this time. The ice powered unit expends the life of the building HVAC system all while reducing energy costs.
Solar Powered HVAC Systems
Everyone knows the benefits of solar for the environment, but it can also save on your energy costs. Even for an existing unit, you can run it off of solar. All you have to do is calculate how much electricity your air conditioner uses annually. If this seems daunting, you can contact a solar panel specialist to determine how many panels you will need to cover your current electrical usage.
Take Solar To The Next Level
Most HVAC systems are powered by electricity to drive their compressors in order to cool air. These systems can be very costly, especially during the heat of the summer. There are now completely solar powered HVAC systems that utilize thermally driven chillers. This lower cost solution utilizes solar energy captured by MCT panels; these panels can produce double the energy of traditional solar panels.
Innovations are being made in the HVAC world every day. To help your organization become more efficient, comfortable, and good for the environment, you must determine the best technologies for your space.