HVAC and Internet of Things: What best can they do?
Changing the way we feel the air in a connected world!
In a few decades time, computers will be interwoven into almost every industrial product. – Karl Steinbuch
Internet of Things (IoT), one of the most hyped technologies of the modern era that adds more meaning to things around us. What IoT can offer is something mystical, yet it does what it is meant for – the communication between several devices to make decisions on what meets the needs of users. IoT was a vision that was foreseen way back in the 20th century in order to develop a future that is completely connected.
There was a time when users have to manually do the tasks for each and every activity with no possible means of delegation. Let’s say, for changing the mode of air conditioner, we first check the temperature manually using thermostat, and further manually set the air conditioner to suite to our needs. This is considered to be a very long process in an agile world. That’s when the concept of ‘Smart’ systems came in, which does the process of automation at ease. But are the smart systems really smart? The answer to this is a blatant NO with IoT on the loose. Smart systems work independently on a closed loop. For instance, a smart thermostat measures the temperature of the room and adjusts the flow of air accordingly. But, no matter how smart the system is, it doesn’t know if the blinds are open, and the aftermath of this is the massive consumption of power which is going to hit your bills.
Obviously, it is IoT that has commendable answers to this call. With the concept of embedded sensors on every device, IoT lets these devices communicate with each other thereby creating a network of intelligent systems. Furthermore, IoT serves an added advantage of controlling these intelligent devices by users from remote locations over the web.
Narrowing down the global practice of IoT, it is very obvious about how great IoT technology positively impacts HVAC in slimming down the electricity budgets with close monitoring on the energy consumption of these units. For instance, let’s take a room fully automated by IoT. The moment it hits dawn, the sensors in the window shades triggers an action to automatically close the shades, and talks with the thermostat to measure the temperature of the room, thereby letting the AC know of how to control the flow of air accordingly. Sensors also check to see if there is human activity in the room; if no, then it communicates with AC unit to turn off, thereby optimizing its performance. Users from a remote location also can turn off their HVAC units if they happen to forget to shut it down before they leave to office. This is possible through intelligent gateways that send data from these HVAC units to the cloud that can be accessed from anywhere around the globe.
The sum of benefits that you reap out of Internet of Things is way too huge. With multiple sensors embedded on every units of use, it gives the best computing capabilities in achieving a much greater intelligent network of things.
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Needless to say, with IoT, you bring your entire HVAC units to one central authority, thus ensuring a complete harmony of work process between sensors associated, thereby delivering optimum performance, reduced energy consumption, weather adjustments, high degrees of comfort, and complete safety.